Reboot? Remake? Prequel? Sequel?
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Movies: Is it a reboot, remake, prequel or sequel?

Reboot? Remake? Prequel? Sequel?
Say you’ve got a movie franchise that’s a bit long in the tooth. What to do? Reboot.

That’s what Sony Pictures is trying to do with “Spider-Man,” announcing that newcomer Andrew Garfield, above, will take over the lead role of Peter Parker.

No, it’s not remaking. “Rebooting” -- that is, taking a franchise back to its origins and beginning again with a different take and cast -- is Hollywood’s latest fad. It differs from a remake, in that a remake usually takes an older movie and uses a new cast, with modest changes to the story. Prequels, for that matter, tell a story that takes place earlier than in previous movies in a series. And sequels, of course, continue the story of a previous movie, usually with much of the same cast.

But can you tell the difference? Take a look through the following photos to see if you can spot the reboots, the remakes, the sequels and the prequels.


- Hollywood gets a kick out of ‘rebooting’ (Israel Leal / Associated Press)
“King Kong”
Is Peter Jackson‘s “King Kong” from 2005 a remake, reboot, prequel or sequel? (Universal Studios)
“King Kong”
Jackson’s “King Kong” was indeed a remake of the 1933 original, above. (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
“Star Trek”
“Star Trek,” the 2009 film starring Chris Pine: reboot, remake, prequel or sequel? (Industrial Light & Magic / Paramount Pictures)
“Star Trek: the Motion Picture”
The latest “Star Trek” was a reboot of the franchise. Persis Khambatta, left, Stephen Collins, Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner starred in the first film in the franchise: “Star Trek: the Motion Picture,” released in 1979. (Paramount Pictures)
“The Empire Strikes Back”
Darth Vader in “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980): reboot, remake, prequel or sequel? (20th Century Fox)
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” the 2002 film starring Bonnie Wright and Daniel Radcliffe: remake, reboot, prequel or sequel? (Peter Mountain / Warner Bros. Pictures)
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
No sorcery here. “Chamber of Secrets” was a sequel to “Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone,” which Radcliffe starred in a year earlier. (Warner Bros. / Associated Press)
“Batman Begins”
“Batman Begins,” with Christian Bale in 2005: remake, reboot, prequel or sequel? (David James / Warner Bros. Pictures)
“Batman Begins” was a reboot of “Batman,” starring Michael Keaton, above, in 1989. (DC Comics Inc.)
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Tim Burton’s 2005 movie starring Freddie Highmore as Charlie: remake, reboot, sequel or prequel? (Peter Mountain / Warner Bros. Pictures)
“Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
“Charlie” was a remake of “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” which starred Gene Wilder, center, in 1971. (File Photo)
“Aliens,” the 1986 film starring Sigourney Weaver: remake, reboot, prequel or sequel? (20th Century Fox / Associated Press)
“Aliens” was an old-school sequel to “Alien,” the 1979 movie also starring Weaver. (Robert Penn / 20th Century Fox)
“Casino Royale”
“Casino Royale,” starring Eva Green and Daniel Craig in 2006: remake, reboot, prequel or sequel? (Jay Maidment / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Columbia)
“Dr. No”
“Casino Royale” was a reboot of the James Bond franchise, which began on film in 1962 with “Dr. No,” starring Joseph Wiseman, above, in the title role. The franchise includes a 1966 version of “Casino Royale,” starring Peter Sellers. (United Artists)