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So, you have a classic film or series that is beloved by an entire generation. It has great critical acclaim, broke all sorts of box office records, and has a massively loyal and devoted fanbase. However, several years have now passed and someone decides that a remake of it is a good way to cash in on its success. By updating for a modern audience and adding references to the original, it seems like it could be successful.


Maybe the reboot doesn't quite work, proving to be an Audience-Alienating Premise to fans of the original and new viewers just aren't interested (again, for the same reasons). Perhaps the reboot is warmly received, but fans still want more from the original timeline. So, how do you rectify the situation?

A sequel set in the same continuity that goes back to the roots of the original, while forgetting the remake ever happened. You bring back the original cast and continue the story while making loving Continuity Nods to truly tap into nostalgia.

Forms of this include:



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    Comic Books 
  • DC comics with its DC Rebirth is considered as this due to the mediocre reception of its New 52 initiative. However, rather than saying nothing that happened since the last reboot counts, it's a soft un-reboot, "revealing" that some people and elements are more like their earlier selves than it appeared, and some characters formerly deemed not to exist just hadn't been encountered yet but are still there and also more like you remember than not.
  • When Rogue Trooper was rebooted in 1990, he was replaced with a Suspiciously Similar Substitute named Friday, who survived a similar massacre of his fellow G.I.s. Things got really messy when both continuities were merged, which eventually led to the original Rogue being killed off. After Friday's story was finally concluded and the entire Tor Cyan solo stories that emerged from Spin-Off Mercy Heights were done, Gordon Rennie began penning new stories set during the original Rogue's hunt for the Traitor General.
  • The "Retroboot" of Legion of Super-Heroes, which not only returned to the original Legion continuity after two hard reboots, but also undid the softer reboot of the "Five Years Later" era to create something more like if the Bronze Age Legion had just kept happening and been modernised.
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman: "Vendetta" by Josh Elder seems to take place in a never reached point in the Wonder Woman (1987) (Post-Crisis) continuity, where Amazons Attack never happened and instead things played out in a trajectory that made sense with the plot Greg Rucka had been building before the story got derailed by events outside of Wonder Woman's book.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • A second sequel to Schwarzenegger's Conan the Barbarian, with Conan as a king, has been in Development Hell so long that the first film got rebooted in 2011 with Jason Momoa, thus becoming an unreboot if it ever comes out. It is also planned to disregard the first sequel, Conan the Destroyer.
  • A second sequel to 1984's Ghostbusters is in the making. This comes after the underwhelming results of 2016's Ghostbusters, which was a Continuity Reboot.
  • Halloween (2018) is a sequel to the original Halloween (1978) that disregards not only the Rob Zombie reboot, but also all of the original film's other sequels.
    • Halloween H 20 was a similar idea, a direct sequel to the Halloween and Halloween 2, ignoring everything since, set just as many years in the future as had passed in Real Life, and featuring Jamie Lee Curtis returning.
  • French film Les Visiteurs: Bastille Day was made 15 years after Just Visiting, the 2001 American-produced remake of the original 1993 film Les Visiteurs, and ignores it. It is a genuine sequel to the second film, 1998's The Corridors of Time.
  • Star Trek: The 2009 reboot creates a new parallel timeline of movies, but is still a very loose continuation of the events of the original timeline. Come 2017, the sixth live-action series of the franchise, Star Trek: Discovery, is set in the original "prime" timeline.
  • Inverted with the Superman films. After Superman III and IV, planned reboots titled Superman Lives and Superman: Flyby didn't work out, so the next film, Superman Returns, returned to the continuity of the first two films starring Christopher Reeve, ignoring the third and fourth. It itself was a disappointment, so the franchise was completely rebooted with Man of Steel.
  • After the underwhelming performance of Terminator Genisys, the fifth film in the Terminator franchise and a reboot of the franchise as a whole, it was announced that the sixth film, Terminator: Dark Fate, would return to the continuity of the first two, with Linda Hamilton returning as Sarah Connor (in addition to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in every previous film bar Terminator Salvation). Only the first two films are considered to have happened, with all else being considered alternate timelines.
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D follows the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, ignoring the 2003 remake and any other sequels.
  • The Mummy (2017) was supposed to begin the Dark Universe. It tanked, the Dark Universe was scrapped, and a year later, yet another cheap direct-to-DVD Scorpion King film was made, meaning the world of The Mummy Trilogy is still the current iteration of this particular Universal monster's world.
  • Highlander films tend to ignore sequels the writer doesn't want to include, creating a Continuity Snarl of monumental proportions when it comes to what any given work does or doesn't consider canon.
  • In the Universal Soldier series, there are three timelines because of this - Brothers in Arms and Unfinished Business follow the original, The Return is a direct sequel to the original that ignores those two, and it happens again with Regeneration following the original and ignoring everything else. Regeneration gets its own sequel, Day of Reckoning. Hey, it's a lot simpler than Highlander.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Cobra Kai is a distant sequel to the original The Karate Kid (1984). The creators have confirmed that all four of the original films are part of its canon, but The Karate Kid (2010) is not.
  • Several years after Army of Darkness, the Evil Dead series got a reboot with an all new cast starting the story from scratch or so we thought. The cameo by Bruce Campbell's Ash at the end kinda leaves it all up in the air. However, a few years later, the story returned to series protagonist Ash Williams with the TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead, which featured none of the characters or scenarios from the remake film.
  • The upcoming Child's Play TV series will share continuity with the original movies and not the 2019 remake.

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