Remakes, Sequels, Prequels

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Film remakes, sequels, and prequels are often understood as forms of adaptation: that is, modes of cinematic remaking characterized by strategies of repetition, variation, and expansion. This essay seeks to examine the circumstances in which these modes of serialization have been taken up in the first decades of the new millennium. It analyzes the practice, aesthetics, and politics of cinematic remaking to build an inventory of contexts, descriptions, and knowledges that contribute to the cultural and economic currency of serial forms. Specifically, the essay interrogates a new millennial context that has mobilized a set of discourses around intermediality, transnationalism, and a logic of convergence to determine how these factors have been worked in and through the concepts of adaptation and remaking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies
EditorsThomas Leitch
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780199331017
ISBN (Print)9780199331000
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • remakes
  • sequels
  • prequels
  • intermediality
  • transnationalism

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