Back to back film production

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Filming sequels "back to back" refers to the practice of filming two or more movies as one production, reducing costs and time.

Trilogies are common in the film industry, particularly in the science fiction, fantasy and adventure genres. Production companies may choose, if the first film is a financial success, to greenlight a second and a third film at the same time, and film them "back to back". In the case when a lengthy novel is split into multiple installments for its film adaptation, those installments will usually be filmed back-to-back.


  • Kill Bill was filmed as one film and split into two volumes released six months apart.
  • The two films comprising the 2008 Steven Soderbergh biopic Che were shot back to back.
  • The first two parts of the film trilogy The Hobbit were shot back to back from March 2011 until August 2012 and the first two parts were released in December 2012 and December 2013 respectively.
  • Superman and Superman II were shot simultaneously. Note that there was a change of director after the first movie was released even though over 80%[citation needed] of the second film was finished.
  • The Bollywood movies Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 and Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 were originally shot as a single film measuring a total of 319 minutes, but since no Indian theatre would volunteer to screen a five-plus-hour movie, it was divided into two parts (160 mins and 159 mins, respectively) for the Indian market.
  • The cancelled Spider-Man 4 and the fifth film in the series were being considered for back-to-back production.

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  1. ^ Dalglish, Sean. "Avatar Films To Be Filmed Back-to-back". 

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