The Sort-Of Sequel


Not too long ago, we were talking about sequels and how they seem to be everywhere. Since then, the “sort-of sequel” has made an appearance. What’s a “sort-of sequel”? I hear you ask. Well, now that you’ve brought it up, a “sort-of sequel” is where characters or storylines from a previous film are used to make a new film without being a proper sequel (can also be called a spin-off, but I think “sort-of sequel” sounds better, more original). Example: Evan Almighty. 

Making the rounds at the box office this weekend, superhero film The Avengers became the most recent “sort-of sequel”. Combining characters from four classic films/comics, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers can be thought of as a hybrid “sort-of sequel”, merging together different characters and plotlines. It’s another way to develop a solid yet interesting storyline.

I generally love to revisit interesting characters, so I was really excited when I heard that one of my favourite writer/producer/directors, Judd Apatow, had made a “sort-of sequel” to one of my favourite films, Knocked Up. This Is 40 focuses on the characters Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) and how they cope as they begin to near 40. It isn’t an unusual age for Apatow to focus on, having written and directed the Steve Carrell hit The 40 Year Old Virgin. The dynamics of Pete and Debbie’s relationship is one of my favourite aspects of Knocked Up, so I’m very excited to see what their characters are up to.

Check out the trailer:

Note: Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl will not be reprising their roles. Apatow has said that was for “another time”. We will, however, get to see more of Jason Segel and Melissa McCarthy. The film is set for release this December.

Are you a Judd Apatow fan? Do you think this will be good or should it have just been left alone?