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 Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers were filmed as one film but were released as separate films in 1973 and 1974 respectively.
- After 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 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 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% of the second film was finished.
- The two Skyline sequels are 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.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End were filmed back-to-back, and the fifth and sixth movies in that series are to also be filmed concurrently.
- The cancelled Spider-Man 4 and the fifth film in the series were being considered for back-to-back production.
- The fifth and sixth Resident Evil films and the fourth and fifth Transformers films were originally planned to be filmed back to back, but the decision was ultimately made to film them independently,
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 are being filmed back-to-back.
- Dalglish, Sean. "Avatar Films To Be Filmed Back-to-back".