Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by JarodRussell, Mar 17, 2013.
Cruel Intentions 2 is a silly comedy with little resemblance to the original.
Ditto Hamlet 2.
^Well, if you want to go Shakespearean, the Falstaff character from the Henry IV history plays got his own comedy spinoff, The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Star Wars qualifies due to there being a definite tonal shift between the two trilogies.
^Well, I don't know if a tonal shift is really a genre shift. But yeah, the original trilogy was just a fun homage to Flash Gordon and Saturday matinee adventure serials, while the prequel trilogy was an attempt at a serious historical-political epic with a message about the abuse of power.
From Dusk Till Dawn managed it in a single movie, switching from a criminal chic flick to a horror film half way through.
How about the Star Wars Holiday Special? That's a genre shift, isn't it?
ETA: And in the related topic of genre-switching TV spin-offs: M*A*S*H and Trapper John, M.D.
Technically, Trapper John, MD is considered a spinoff of the movie M*A*S*H rather than the TV sitcom -- although that was just done to avoid paying royalties to the sitcom's producers. But yeah, I guess both shows derived from the movie ended up going in a more dramatic direction, though in the case of M*A*S*H the series, it was a more gradual transition.
To be fair, it was never meant to be Cruel Intentions 2, but a TV pilot that was rebranded Cruel Intentions with the hope of getting some more money.
Not a sequel, but the Dukes of Hazzard prequel to the theatrical movie became a college style romp, in effect totally different in style and tone to the rest of the series and TV show.
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