Do’s and Don’ts of a Movie Sequel

Elise Woodfolk

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        After seeing a great movie that holds your heart hostage with a great storyline and interesting characters, the fear of a sequel ruining the series can be astronomical. We have all experienced the terrible sequel or a film that doesn’t live up to its legend. There are many factors that can lead to a downward spiral of the next installment in a series, and this list of Do’s and Don’ts narrows down what the audience may dread to see.


  • Turn the audience against their favorite characters
  • Don’t expect comedy to make your movie good
  • Center the movie around the main characters progeny
  • Make an annoying love interest
  • Have the villain (maybe) die every movie just to come back to life
  • Enter an irrelevant character that does nothing
  • Contain a stare off where two people look at each other to see which one is the scariest
  • Make a love triangle (they’re annoying)
  • If your sequel is a book to movie film….DON’T. CHANGE. THE. STORYLINE.


  • Pick up the movie where you left off.
  • Give context to any changes between the sequel and the previous film
  • Follow up on a Ship
  • Have an interesting love interest that joins seamlessly
  • Make the title a pun. The Alvin and the Chipmunks Squeakquel was pretty good
  • Have an interesting villain with a backstory
  • Contain plot twists that fit into the overall theme of the movie
  • Improve any aspect of your characters. (in personality, powers, skills, will)

        As a lover of movies, but an amateur critic these are the recurring themes that I have seen many times over the years. Some are loved and others are irritating, but it’s important to know that the smallest features can lead to success in a film.