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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.
  • 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.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
    • Word of God always said the remake was a Stealth Sequel and there were hopes of a crossover movie where Mia met Ash or having her appear in the TV series but they never came to pass.
  • 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.

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