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.
- The 1985 film Back to the Future was a success, the two sequels Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III were in production, with only a short break in principal photography, continuously between 1988 and 1989, with some of the filming of the third film overlapping with the second.
- The Toxic Avenger Part II and The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie were filmed as one movie but was later re-edited into two.
- 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 Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions were filmed back to back and released in May and November of 2003.
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed entirely back-to-back from 1999 until 2000 with pickup shots done for each of the films from 2001 to 2003.
- The first two parts of the film trilogy The Hobbit were shot back to back from March 2011 until August 2012 and releases for the first two parts slated for December 2012 and December 2013, respectively.
- Superman: The Movie and Superman II were shot simultaneously. Note that there was a change of director after the first movie was released even though over 80% of the second film was finished.
- The as-yet-untitled sequels to Avatar are being filmed back-to-back.
- The two parts for Skyline sequels being filmed back-to-back.
- 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 Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest are being filmed back-to-back.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and At World's End were filmed back-to-back and 5 and 6 will be filmed concurrently as well.
- The cancelled Spider-Man 4 and the fifth film in the series were being considered for back-to-back production.
- Resident Evil 5 & 6 and Transformers 4 & 5 were originally planned to be filmed back to back, but the decision was ultimately made to film them independently,
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