n. A movie that continues a long-running franchise, but with a younger actor taking over the lead role.
Considering how well Creed, a movie that passes the torch from one '80s action icon to a new generation, is being received by everyone, I wonder if the producers of Kickboxer: Vengeance are regretting making it a remake instead of a legacyquel.
Creed is the latest movie in the Rocky film series. It could be considered a legacyquel. A movie that continues a movie series but with a new legacy character.
—Joseph Lalonde, “22 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Creed (Rocky 7),” jmlalonde.com, November 30, 2015
@AshvsEvilDead @GroovyBruce is starting a trend with the #Legacyquel. Now @kevinbacon is getting in on it with #Tremors.
—Dan Tye, “@AshvsEvilDead @GroovyBruce…,” Twitter, November 25, 2015
2015 (earliest)
Though there are still occasional reboots or prequels, this very specific kind of sequel — in which beloved aging stars reprise classic roles and pass the torch to younger successors — is becoming increasingly common in the American film industry. These movies are all about revitalizing old franchises through the notion of legacy, leading to this current wave of what we could call "legacyquels."
—Matt Singer, “Welcome to the Age of the Legacyquel,” ScreenCrush, November 23, 2015
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