GIGA-Filmlexikon we want to bring you closer technical terms used in the film and series area frequently. In this case we are dealing with the question: "What is a prequel?"
The term "prequel" is made up of de word extension "Pre" (before) and the word "sequel" (continued) together. It is a prequel not the opposite of sequels, but a special form of this. With a prequel is a film meant that plays in the same movie universe as previous parts. The History is not continued in a prequel, but a story that plays earlier than the previously released films of the series.
So a prequel comes out as a successor to an already established film series and, for example, shows the back story of a character or how is it even came to a particular event, what is the timeline of each movie universe before the events of the previous films. Prequels are thus sequels, playing in the past of the film universe.
Probably the most famous prequel is an entire prequel trilogy: So tell "Star Wars Episode I-III" (1999-2005) the origins of Darth Vader from the original "Star Wars Trilogy" (1977-1983). A prequel has to but not necessarily shed light on an important character or an event, but also be a "spin-off" of the respective franchises simultaneously: So beispwielsweise "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" or "Better Call Saul" prequel and spin -off at the same time.
Some famous examples of prequels in films and series we have gathered you in the following table:
|The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)||The Hobbit trilogy (2012-2014)|
|The Thing (1982)||The Thing (2011)|
|Alien film series (1979-1997)||Prometheus (2012)|
|Monsters, Inc. (2001)||Monsters University (2013)|
|Star Trek (1966-1969)||Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005)|
|Breaking Bad (2008-2013)||Better Call Saul (since 2015)|
|Sex ant the City (1998-2004)||The Carrie Diaries (2013-2014)|
|The Big Bang Theory (since 2007)||Young Sheldon (TBA)|
|In China They Eat Dogs (1999)||Old Men in New Cars (2002)|
What history could pack you in particular and which prequel ye had better not watched? Let us know in the comments.
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