15 Movies And Shows That Recycled Discarded Material

Hollywood is kinda like a crossover between the ending scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark and a Hoarders episode. Just imagine mountains of crates of boxes containing stuff they discarded, but can’t get around to put in the trash can, in case it eventually comes in handy. And guess what -- once in a while, there is something useful in there. The leftovers of past productions often make good raw material for sequels -- like these cases make it clear.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story MAY THE FORCE OF OTHERS BE WITH YOU Chirrut Imwe's blessing appears in an early script for the first Star Wars movie, before the concept of the Force was fully formed.

Source: In a Far Away Galaxy


The Karate Kid Part II KREESE BREAKING JOHNNY’S TROPHY The opening was actually in the script for the first movie. The scene wasn’t filmed at that time, though, as the director thought it was not necessary.

Source: retroCRUSH (archived)


The Lost World: Jurassic Park COMPSOGNATHUS The tiny compies play a big part in Michael Crichton’s novel -- but in the movies, they don’t show up until the sequel. The opening scene where they attack a little girl on a beach is from the novel as well.

Source: Syfy Wire


Blade Runner 2049 THE OPENING SCENE The intro, with a Blade Runner retiringa replicant in a farm, was how the first movie was originally supposed to start. Even the boiling pot on the stove was going to be there.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom THE MINE CART CHASE Steven Spielberg and George Lucas found no way to fit the chase in Raiders of the Lost Ark -- so they used it in the sequel.

Source: Ain't It Cool News


X-Men: Apocalypse CYCLOPS DISCOVERING HIS POWERS A teen Scott Summers first manifests his powers in a high school bathroom. A similar scene was written for the first movie, but then scrapped (it does show up in a novelization, though).

Source: CBR


Good Omens THE ARCHANGEL GABRIEL Jon Hamm's Gabriel isn't in the book, as is the case with several other angels and demons. They all come from ideas for a sequel novel Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett discussed, but never wrote.

Source: Digital Spy


Star Trek: The Next Generation SAUCER SEPARATION The concept of the Enterprise detaching from its saucer section was thrown around for The Motion Picture- but it was Captain Picard's ship that finally did such a thing.

Sources: Geeks of Doom, Forgotten Trek


Mary Poppins Returns CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT? The song is a throwback to The Beautiful Briny- a different underwater song that was cut from the original Mary Poppins.

Source: Vanity Fair


Ghostbusters II THE MINK COAT The scene of the coat coming to life was originally scripted for the first movie. It was supposed to happen during a fashion show, after the containment unit is shut down.

Source: Ghostbusters Wiki


A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child THE NIGHTMARE BABY A baby-centered story was originally pitched for the third movie in the series. By the time of movie #5, it was considered that the theme of parenthood could now resonate with the franchise's audience.

Source: Horror Obsessive


Arrow THE LAST EPISODE No, not the entire episode, of course - but the opening scene includes footage that was shot for a Season 2 episode, but cut for lack of time.

Source: Screen Rant


Toy Story 3 LOTS-O'-HUGGIN' BEAR Lotso was created as a bitter teddy bear for A Tin Toy Christmas, the first iteration of what eventually became Toy Story. The character was later reinvented for the third movie.

Source: Jim Hill Media


The Godfather Part II VITO CORLEONE'S STORY The movie tells a new story, not adapted from Mario Puzo's novel - or half of it does. The scenes related to the Godfather's youth come from parts of the book not used in the previous movie. CRACKED.COM

Source: Encyclopedia Britannica


Shrek 2 THE FAIRY GODMOTHER The first movie explained Fiona's curse as the work of a witch who dealt with magic potions. That part was finally cut, but the writers liked the sly witch and reworked her into the Fairy Godmother.

Source: Jim Hill Media