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When a work leaves room for continued adventures or ends on an outright Sequel Hook, but is continued in a different medium.

This is most likely due to the original work not doing well financially, but has enough interest to merit continuation in a cheaper medium. Alternatively, they were Screwed by the Network of the original medium and they have to continue it in another. In case of movie continuation from other media, it may also mark a special part of the whole story.

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See also The Resolution Will Not Be Televised and its inverse Recycled: The Series. Related to Expanded Universe when the other media-sequels are treated as a lesser canon. Compare Anime First and Comic-Book Adaptation, as well as Continuation, Fan Sequel and Next-Gen Fic for Fan Fic examples. If the continuation is in the same medium that the predecessor was itelf adapted from, see Recursive Adaptation.

Note that cases of prequels and interquels also count here; the point is, the works are all part of the same timeline.


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Examples by the original medium

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Book 

    Films — Animated 

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge, a PS2 and Xbox sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas. It was based on a script for a film sequel that was cancelled after Tim Burton convinced Disney not to do it. They chose not to throw it away entirely and made it into a video game instead.
  • The first four levels of the Over the Hedge console game are directly taken from the climax of the movie. The rest of the game is a straight sequel where the animals raid houses and battle Dwayne the Verminator.
  • The console Meet the Robinsons game is a prequel, while the Game Boy Advance game is a sequel.
  • The Incredibles has a videogame sequel titled The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer featuring the villain who appeared at the end of the film. The official Incredibles 2 wasn't announced until 13 years later.
    • Originally a comic book series likewise continued from the first film and ended on a major cliffhanger but was rendered non-canon when the sequel picked up from the first film itself. Ironically there's now another comic that takes place after the second movie.
  • Big Hero 6: The Series is this to the 2014 film.
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    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 

  • Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green-Sky Trilogy was followed up with Below the Root, a video game conclusion to the series.
  • The same company also consulted with Ray Bradbury to make an authorized text adventure sequel to Fahrenheit 451.
  • The first book and two chapters from the second book about Madicken were first adapted into a TV series in six parts. The rest of the second book was adapted into a movie. And to make things complicated, material from the first TV series was used to make a second TV series and material from the first TV series was used to make a second movie.
  • Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club eventually got a sequel, Fight Club 2, published as a monthly comic book series later collected in trade paperback. A threequel, Fight Club 3, was also released in this format.
  • The Witcher games are the continuation of the books series. That being said, the author of the books doesn't consider the games to be canon.
  • Several of H.P. Lovecraft's works have received this treatment.
    • At the Mountains of Madness has two sequels in tabletop game format, with the Beyond the Moutnains of Madness campaign in Call of Cthulhu and the Assault on the Mountains of Madness campaign in Achtung! Cthulhu. The source book for the later even references the former, letting the keeper decide whether the two campaigns are canon with each other.
    • The Shadow Over Innsmouth also has a prequel/sequel tabletop campaign in the "Escape from Innsmouth" scenario from Call of Cthulhu. It greatly expands on the federal government's raid on Innsmouth that was only briefly mentioned in the original story, while also extrapolating on what happened to both Innsmouth and the horrors it contained after the raid's conclusion. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a somewhat loose adaptation of this scenario.

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Alternative Title(s): Prequel In Another Medium, Interquel In Another Medium

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