I get a bit irritated by how many prequels there are. Throw a few nods towards what the audience knows is coming and you have a built-in moment of nostalgic, satisfying recognition. Hopefully that'll help the audience forget there's no tension anymore because they already know what's going to happen in the end. Maybe they might overlook the paper-thin entertainment value of seeing pieces on a board moving into their familiar starting positions... All in a vain hope that a franchise with an established and reliable audience can stay alive a little longer.
So when I saw that the new Sex and the City: The Carrie Diaries spin-off was coming up, I started thinking about my own prequel ideas...
It reminded me of an old 99p Challenge (an overlooked Radio 4 comedy show with Armando Iannucci, Simon Pegg, Sue Perkins and more) where the comedians came up with silly prequel suggestions like Four Engagements and a Doctor's Appointment, and How Are We Going To Get Across The River Kwei?
I mentioned my In The Frame idea in the pub with friends and we happened to stumble on a remarkably fun pub game. Some other prequel ideas that were suggested but didn't make it in:
Singin' In The... I don't Like The Look Of Those Clouds, The Suspects, Some Like It Lukewarm, Mr. Smith Needs To Get Out The House, Ferris Beullar's First Day At School, Those Lambs Are Being Very Loud, The Nice, The Unlikeable and the Unattractive, Full Metal Waistcoat, Star Diplomacy, Low Fidelity, The Great Escape Plan, The Midnight Snack Club, Apocalypse Tomorrow, The Italian Work Experience
Thanks to the impromptu writers room of Julia Scheele, Tom Oldham, Chrissy Williams, Kieron Gillen, Clark Burscough, Simon Hacking, Clayton Hamner and Alastair Bohm for the additional help!
Read more In The Frame here.