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I have a Remake.

I have a Sequel.

(smushing sound) UNH!

Remakequel.

Exactly What It Says on the Tin, the Remakequel - sometimes known as a "legacyquel", is a remake or reboot of an existing media or property that also serves as a follow-up to the existing story, and generally occurs as a film-based trope. There are two variants of this:

  1. The events of the original or previous film have already occurred, and are referred to fairly often, or else the events of that film are retold and then elaborated on.
  2. The film is a new story within the same universe that closely follows the same models as their original 'counterparts'.

The purpose of a Remakequel is often to introduce a new audience to the core conventions of a franchise and simultaneously present them with enough freshness and originality to be endearing to older viewers. The treatment is also often given to certain properties and franchises - particularly those that are dead, should have been dead, or else simply have not had an entry in ages - in order to provide it with a fresh start. This often requires (and may overlap with) a Sequel Reset if the original property's work(s) is sufficiently self-contained.

Remakequels sometimes come in the form of an Immediate Sequel, and may or may not also be Numbered Sequels. They may induce Sequelitis if done poorly, especially if the makers fail to learn from the stumbling blocks that hampered previous films.

Despite the term sounding like a Neologism or one of our infamous Esoteric Trope Names it is, believe it or not, entertainment industry jargon.

Examples of Remakequel include:

Film

  • Jurassic World effectively continues where the original Jurassic Park trilogy left off, retaining the familiar beats of an eccentric philanthropist abusing the miracle of science for their own personal gain and profit by resurrecting dinosaurs.
  • Creed is a part of the Rocky franchise and reuses the familiar up-and-coming-contender storyline, but this time puts Rocky in the role of the manager to the underdog, who is the son of the deceased Apollo Creed. The main event of the film even mirrors that of the original Creed-Balboa fight; in the sequel to Creed, he is even pitted against none other than the son of Ivan Drago.
  • After the Star Wars franchise was purchased by Disney, they kicked off a new trilogy with Episode VII: The Force Awakens, a Numbered Remakequel which features the return of old faces such as Han Solo, Leia and Chewbecca alongside new protagonists Finn, a former Stormtrooper, and Rey, a nomadic scavenger. The Force Awakens heavily leans on the vibe of the first film, A New Hope, right down to including an expy of Darth Vader who turns out to be Han Solo's son.
  • Charlie's Angels: Same Charlie as the original TV series, same speakerphone as the original TV series, same premise as the original TV series, different everything and everybody else.

Live-Action TV

  • One Day at a Time, which lived its four-year life (2017-2021) on multiple streaming services, was a remake/reboot of the 1970s CBS series One Day at a Time, and was strongly hinted at its premiere to be in the same continuity as the earlier series (although no hard evidence of this ever manifested).

Oral Tradition, Folklore, Myths and Legends

Video Games

  • The first part of the Final Fantasy VII Remake started out looking like a straight remake at first that expanded on the, but steered into this territory once it started diverging from the original game - and then The Ending Changes Everything... The final motorcycle sequence returns, but instead of a Motorball boss fight, the party encounters none other than Sephiroth... sporting his one-winged form from Kingdom Hearts! And it just gets stranger from there.
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination is essentially an example of this, being a long-awaited sequel to the 2004 game Evil Genius that retains the core mechanics of its base-management gameplay with updated graphics.

Other Media