There seems to be a trend going on in Hollywood where every other movie is either a sequel, a prequel, or a remake. And while audiences might be getting thirsty for some new original stories, sequels and other entries into established storylines are often viewed as safer projects to greenlight when it comes to where studios want to put their money. Just look at Disney. With the failure of something like 2015’s Tomorrowland, you can bet they probably wished they had used the production costs to fund that planned sequel to Tron instead.
However, sometimes directors attempt to get the best of both worlds by trying something new using the elements from an existing movie. And when that happens, it’s often the case that the final product is really a sequel is disguise.
With that in mind, here are 15 movies you might not have known were actually considered sequels.
15. Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was originally intended to be a serious sequel to 1957’s Valley of the Dolls, starring Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, and Susan Hayward. What it ended up becoming was a borderline satire of director Mark Robson’s film, which did well at the box office but failed to win over critics. Ironically, Beyond was co-written by Roger Ebert, a.k.a. the most famous movie critic of all time. While it was more of a send-up of the first film and a biting satire of numerous Hollywood tropes, Beyond’s status as an almost sequel arguably qualifies it as such. Of the film, Ebert once quipped that it was “a movie that got made by accident when lunatics took over the asylum.” Seems fitting.