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:
- Non-Serial Movie: It's not quite a reboot, but can also be an Alternate Continuity. Can sometimes be done to bring back well-loved characters, especially in Anime.
- Non-Linear Sequel: It's a sequel, but not in canon with the Continuity Reboot.
- 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.
- 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 modernized. For added measure, it kept the Reboot and Threeboot Legion continuities by explaining they actually occurred in alternate realities, the destroyed Earth-247 and the still existing Earth-Prime.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Death Race 2000 got the Darker and Edgier remake, Death Race in 2008. After two Death Race straight to DVD prequels, a sequel to the original called Death Race 2050 came out in 2017.
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the third film in the original Ghostbusters continuity, which started with 1984's Ghostbusters. This comes after the underwhelming results of 2016's Ghostbusters, which was a Continuity Reboot. It even makes a point of parroting the 2016 version's line about "there hasn't been a ghost sighting in 30 years" as if to say, in no uncertain terms, that the 2016 version never happened and this is Ghostbusters 3 for all intents and purposes (or 4 if you count the video game).
- The Halloween franchise is an interesting case as kind of it downplayed it, then inverted it, and then played it straight. The series was initially intended to be an All Hallows' Eve-themed Anthology series with each film having a different story which is why Halloween III: Season of the Witch dropped the Michael Myers storyline of the first two films. After H3 bombed, Michael Myers was brought back for the rest of the franchise starting with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Then, much like the Superman example below, the inversion came with Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later and Halloween: Resurrection only canonizing the first two movies, but Resurrection flopped leading to a 2-part full Continuity Reboot by Rob Zombie. Then it was done one more time with Halloween 2018 being an alternate sequel to the original Halloween (1978) that disregards not only the Rob Zombie reboot and the sequel, but also all of the original film's other sequels.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. The original timeline is still referenced in 2019 TV adaptation of Crisis on Infinite Earths, which has Earth-96 Superman— Brandon Routh reprising his role as Superman, but now also the version of Superman from Kingdom Come— commenting that (after Lex Luthor uses the Book of Destiny to mind-control him into fighting with Earth-38 Superman) it's not the first time he's fought himself, referencing the events of Superman III.
- After the underwhelming performance of Terminator Genisys, the fifth film in the Terminator franchise and a reboot of it, the sixth film, Terminator: Dark Fate, starts where the second (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) left off, 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, The Terminator and Judgment Day, are considered to have happened, with all the others now being considered alternate timelines.
- Texas Chainsaw 3D follows the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, ignoring the 2003 remake and any other sequels.
- Battlestar Galactica creator Glen Larson wanted to make a second season that would start with Starbuck waking up from a dream where Galactica 1980 happened.
- The upcoming Child's Play TV series will share continuity with the original movies and not the 2019 remake.
- 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.
- Several years after the original Perry Mason series ended its run, a second television series starring the character, The New Perry Mason, had an unspectacular run of fifteen episodes from 1973-74. Over a decade later came the made-for-TV-movie Perry Mason Returns, which brought back the cast of the original series while disregarding the New reboot.
- 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. Star Trek: Picard, debuting in 2020, is set in it as well, although it's a sequel, not a prequel.
- After Devil May Cry 4, the next entry was a reboot called DmC: Devil May Cry with an entirely new take on the Devil May Cry mythos. It ended up failing commercially and being rejected by many of the fandom. The next game after that was Devil May Cry 5 with the original characters of the franchise.
- Doom 3 reset the original Doom series' canon to start over fresh. While DOOM (2016) initially appeared to be another reboot, its direct sequel Doom Eternal reveals that the 2016-verse is actually a Stealth Sequel to the classic games, with the original Doomguy eventually dropping out of Hell and onto Argent D'Nur sometime after the events of Doom 64, where he was taken in by the Night Sentinels and eventually remade into the even more powerful and badass Doom Slayer.
- The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time trilogy (itself a reboot of the original Prince Of Persia 1 series) was followed by a reboot, Prince of Persia (2008), which performed poorly, so the next game, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, returned to The Sands of Time continuity as if the reboot never happened.
- Several Tomb Raider spinoffs — Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris, Lara Croft Relic Run, and Lara Croft GO — use the character design and voice actress from the first Crystal Dynamics era despite being released after the 2013 reboot. Downplayed and then subverted in that the 2013 reboot is still canon and the 2013 reboot eventually forms a trilogy.
- Downplayed with Blinky Bill; the 1990s animated series got a CGI reboot in 2015, with a new TV series the following year. Despite the reboot's sizeable marketing push, the new movie and series angered many fans of the original, so modern merchandise has recently gone back to using the more-widely accepted 1990s design.
- Masters of the Universe: Revelation, helmed by Kevin Smith, is set to continue the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) animated series, disregarding the 1990 continuation The New Adventures of He-Man and the two reboots He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
- After the critical failure of VeggieTales spin-off/reboot series VeggieTales in the House (which made a number of changes to the show that nobody, especially the show's fanbase, appreciated), the series was rebooted a second time in the form of The VeggieTales Show, which scrapped the characters' controversial redesigns in favor of updated versions of their more familiar "classic" designs and ignored the changes made in In The House in favor of going back to the original show's roots. The only references to In The House that have been made since have been the occasional cameo of characters introduced during that show (and even then they have pointedly never been any of In The House's many scrappies), redesigned to match the show's normal art-style.