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The term prequel borrowed from the English language ( [ˈpriːkwəl] ; suitcase word from the prefix pre- “before” and sequel “sequence, continuation”), in German also forerunner , predecessor or prehistory , describes a narrative that is a continuation of a work appeared, whose action is located before this in the internal chronology . Here, so not there is a continued reduction in the actual sense, since the already known action does not continue is out but its an additional part of the story progress is made. Prequels can be found in various art forms such as literature , in film and television productions, in opera and in computer games . The counterpart to the prequel is the sequel .


In the literature

year Prequel The original year
1841 The Deerslayer The Pioneers 1823
1956 The miracle of Narnia The king of Narnia 1950
1977 The Silmarillion Lord of the Rings 1954
1996 Caliban's Hour The storm 1611
1997 Where the animals were at home When the animals left the forest 1980
1999 The new spring The wheel of time 1990-2013
2004 New Vahr South Mr. Lehmann 2001
2008 Halo: first contact Halo: The Battle for Reach 2003
2009 Soul Kitchen. The story first part - the book before the film Soul Kitchen 2009
2009 magic The Black Mages Guild 2001-2003
2010 Bartimaeus - The Ring of Solomon Bartimaeus 2003-2006
2006 Hannibal Rising Red Dragon 1981

At Soul Kitchen (2009) is a special case. The film by Fatih Akin , which must be regarded as the starting work, has a prequel in the form of a novel by Jasmin Ramadan : Soul Kitchen. The story first part - the book before the film . It appeared at the same time as the world premiere of the movie.

In Halo is the novels of the same name computer game.

In the movie

year Prequel / s The original year
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Hunter of the lost treasure 1981
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977
2009 Underworld - Revolt of the Lycans Underworld 2003
1998 Mortal Kombat: Conquest Mortal Kombat 1995
2005 Carlito's Way: Rise to Power Carlito's Way 1993
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Flintstones - The Flintstones 1994
2000 Ice cold angels 2 Ice cold angels 1999
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Blast - Where the buffaloes roar 1980
2002 Old Men in New Cars In China, they eat dogs 1999
2011 Puss in Boots Shrek - The daredevil hero 2001
1966 Two glorious scoundrels For a few dollars 1964
Hannibal Rising - How it all began,
Red Dragon
The silence of the Lambs 1991
2003 Gods and Generals Gettysburg
2004 Cube Zero Cube 1997
Paranormal Activity 2
Paranormal Activity 3
Paranormal Activity 4
Paranormal Activity 2007
2010 Death Race 2 Death Race 2008
2003 Infernal Affairs II Infernal Affairs 2002
2006 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Michael Bay's Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men: First Choice
X-Men 2000
2011 Final Destination 5 Final destination 2000
1990 Psycho IV - The Beginning Psycho 1960
2011 The thing The thing from another world 1982
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Lord of the Rings: The Companions 2001
2011 Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings Wrong turn 2003
2004 Exorcist: The beginning The exorcist 1973
2000 From Dusk Till Dawn 3 - The Hangman's Daughter From Dusk Till Dawn 1996
Prometheus - Dark Signs
Alien: Covenant
Alien - The creepy creature from a strange world 1979
2013 The monster university the monster Inc 2001

In series

year Prequel original year
1992 Twin Peaks - The Movie Twin peaks 1990
1992-1993 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984
2001-2005 Star Trek: Enterprise Star Trek 1966-1969
2005 The ancestors of the dinosaurs Dinosaurs - In the realm of the giants 1999
2006 Jesse Stone: Really tough Jesse Stone: Freezing cold 2005
2009-2010 Caprica Battlestar Galactica 2003-2009
2011 Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Ax Burn Notice 2007-2013
2011 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Spartacus 2010-2013
2013-2014 The Carrie Diaries Sex and the City 1998-2004
since 2015 Better Call Saul Breaking Bad 2008-2013
since 2017 Young Sheldon The Big Bang Theory 2007-2019

In computer games

year Prequel original year
1995 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Super Mario World 1990
2008 STALKER: Clear Sky STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl 2007
Halo Wars
Halo: Reach
Halo: fight for the future 2002
2008 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Final Fantasy VII 1997
2006 Shadow of the Colossus ICO 2001
2009 Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Call of Juarez 2006
2010 Drakensang: On the river of time The black eye: Drakensang 2008
2011 Deus Ex: Human Revolution Deus Ex 2000
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Kingdom Hearts 2002
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins Batman: Arkham Asylum 2009
2013 God of War: Ascension God of War 2005
2015 Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Wolfenstein: The New Order 2014

Web links

Wiktionary: Prequel  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

supporting documents

  1. ^ Prequel , entry in Duden (accessed June 12, 2014)