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10 Movies Unrecognizable From Their Sequels, According To Reddit

Marvel Studios has recently announced that they want Deadpool 3 to elevate the series in the same way that Thor: Ragnarok did. This has gotten movie fans on Reddit thinking about other examples of movies whose sequels made big changes both stylistically and narratively from the original (for better or for worse).

Particularly in a time when sequels and spin-offs are becoming more and more common, it isn’t that surprising that franchises can experience some serious change over the course of a few movies. Whether Jurassic Park or Rocky, Reddit has given its strongest examples of those that have changed the most.

Jurassic Park (1993)
Sam Neill in Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg’s original adaptation of Jurassic Park is often hailed as one of the most engaging and exciting family films ever made, but its sequels sadly don’t receive the same praise. Despite being revived for a new generation with Jurassic World, these films sadly feel completely different from the original.

Reddit user onwardalan notes this, writing that “not even the original group from Jurassic Park could save [the sequels]… the first two were the only good films (with the first being a classic) but even The Lost World felt a lot different to Jurassic Park.” To make matters worse, the latest Jurassic film, Jurassic World: Dominion, was anything but a movie focusing on dinosaurs, where the franchise’s main spectacle was merely put in the background serving such an insignificant purpose to the central storyline.

Alien (1979)
Ripley wears a spacesuit in Alien

There are many movie fans that call Ridley Scott’s Alien the best horror film ever made, but it’s admittedly hard to imagine how the sequels changed so drastically both in tone and quality. The suspense element of Scott’s original film has been completely wiped out and replaced by extensive sci-fi elements and action sequences.

It’s Redditor stanthemanchan that suggested this film as having the most unrecognizable sequels, and they write that “Alien changed a lot from one film to the next almost to the point where I’d hesitate to call it a “franchise”. The only thing that is the same is the xenomorph.”

Mad Max (1979)

Although all the films have a similar dystopian tone, there’s very little that connects all the Mad Max films other than their shared protagonist. George Miller’s films all feel like they take place in separate universes, with so much plot happening in between the movies that it’s sometimes hard to keep up.

Reddit user ty_kanye_vcool comments on this, writing that “Every Mad Max film is completely unlike any of the others, but the first one doesn’t even take place after the apocalypse.” Whilst this doesn’t make the films bad at all, it is definitely something that audiences will have to adjust to.

The Purge (2013)
Ethan Hawke looking through his door in The Purge

Many people are often surprised upon revisiting the original The Purge that the film only focuses on one family, given that the subsequent sequels are much bigger and center on the city-wide conflict that ensues every year on Purge Night. However, movie fans on Reddit seem to feel that this change was warranted.

One of these Redditors is ambitious_log_1884, who writes: “I feel like The Purge… changed for the better. It took on a much bigger scope that allowed for it to explore its potential. The first movie was basically The Strangers on a larger scale set in a dystopian future.”

Die Hard (1988)
Bruce Willis in a vent in Die Hard

There’s no denying that John McClane is one of the most iconic ’80s action heroes ever written, but the difference in his character between the original Die Hard and its subsequent sequels is shocking. Whilst the original film is more of a survival thriller with plenty of action, the rest of the franchise is much higher-stakes and less relatable.

Redditor 1stchairholophonor picks up on this, noting that “John McClain is just this normal guy, you know? He’s just a normal New York City cop who gets his feet cut, he gets beat up. But he’s an everyday guy. In Die Hard 4, he is jumping a motorcycle into a helicopter in the air. You know? He’s invincible.”

Rocky (1976)
Sylvester Stallone as Rocky

There’s a reason that Rocky is considered one of the best sports movies ever made, but this high praise doesn’t always carry over to the sequels. Whilst the original is an intimate story of ambition, perseverance and success, the sequels focus more strongly on Rocky’s career and develop a very different tone.

Redditor moviebuff90 agrees with this opinion, writing that “The first Rocky is a realistic, down-to-earth story of a boxer getting his shot at the big leagues. By the fourth one, the franchise had become a silly, over-the-top, commercialized series where said boxer fights a new villain in every installment.”

Star Wars (1977)

Although it’s become one of the most popular franchises of all time today, there was a point in time when Star Wars was merely a single film about the battle between good and evil political forces in space – completely unrestrained by the thousands of pages of background reading that exists within the franchise today.

Some Redditors believe that the extensive attempts to expand the Star Wars universe have actually diminished the quality of the original. Redditor ghastly_mcnasty argues that “Star Wars was meant as an art film. Then everyone took it a little too straight and a little too seriously. Now look where we are.”

Mission: Impossible (1996)
Breaking fish tank scene in Mission Impossible with Tom Cruise jumping

It’s difficult to believe now, but the original Mission: Impossible was actually a pretty low-stakes mission when people consider how intense and dramatic the later installments have been. The original focused much more on the characters and the intricacies of the plot than the action and spectacle, which hardly happens now.

Although Fallout is popularly cited as one of Tom Cruise’s best films, it’s undeniable that the series has changed a lot. Reddit user frightened_by_bark writes: “The Mission Impossible movies now are entirely different from the espionage thriller De Palma made, where the big set piece was a near silent computer hack.”

Saw (2004)
Saw 2004 Lawrence Gordon

The Saw franchise has developed a pretty negative reputation over the years, and whilst it’s mostly warranted, it’s still a shame to see the legacy of such a momentous and inventive piece of horror ruined by a batch of subpar sequels.

Most audiences seem to agree with this opinion, such as Redditor holdfast02, who writes that “Saw 1 was great – the twist at the end I did not see coming. But after that, it seems they were just after more and more gore and shock. Not fun to watch.”

The Fast And The Furious (2001)
MIa flirts with Brian in The Fast And The Furious (2001)

Upon watching a gang of small-time criminals pull off a minor robbery in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, nobody could have expected that the very same characters would be engaging in high-stakes battles and international espionage merely a few years later.

Reddit user ausernameisfinetoo agrees that the films have changed drastically since their original installment, stating that “characters were real(ish) and relatable… now they’re indestructible super soldiers until the plot does/doesn’t need them to be.” On top of this, the selling point has always been about the race car driving aspect that made the early installments distinctive from other franchises, but these scenes have become less realistic as each film took on bolder adventures.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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