Standalone film

A standalone film is a film that does not have any relation with other films.[1] In the late 1900s, it was typical to create standalone films with no plans for sequels. The term "standalone film" appeared when sequels, spin-offs, and franchises became normal.[when?][2]

Types of standalone filmsEdit

Standalone filmEdit

In a canonical meaning, a standalone film is a film that is not part of any franchise. The Sixth Sense, The Shawshank Redemption, and Inception are examples of standalone films.[3][4]

Standalone sequelEdit

When a film is set in either the same universe or one very similar to that of its predecessors, yet has very little if any narrative connection to its predecessors and can be appreciated on its own without a thorough understanding of the backstory, then the work can be referred to as a standalone sequel.[5] Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Mr. Bean's Holiday, Jingle All the Way 2, Deep Blue Sea 2, Cars 3, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, The Tigger Movie, Snoopy Come Home, Toy Story 4, Shrek Forever After, Son of the Mask, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Trolls World Tour, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe and The Suicide Squad are examples of stand-alone movie sequels.

Standalone spin-offEdit

A standalone spin-off is a film that expands some fictional universe. The Star Wars Anthology series is an example of standalone spin-offs.[4][6] Standalone spin-offs may also be centered on a minor character from an existing fictional universe.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The definition of standalone". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Isn't every movie a standalone movie?". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  3. ^ "10 Standalone Films That Deserve Sequels More Than Fast And Furious 7 Does". 6 October 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Why Movie Universes Need Standalone Films". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  5. ^ Michael Andre-Driussi (1 August 2008). Lexicon Urthus, Second Edition. Sirius Fiction. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-9642795-1-3. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  6. ^ Patti J. McCarthy (25 October 2014). The Lucas Effect: George Lucas and the New Hollywood. Teneo Press. Retrieved 11 February 2017.