Serving as both a prequel and a reboot, J.J. Abrams proved that you can refresh a beloved series in a refreshing way. Abrams rewrote Star Trek‘s history in a respectful way by actually showing us the process of rewriting history. Using time-travel as a device, a powerful enemy traveled back to the early days of the Federation to attempt to wipe it out. The Enterprise crew proved victorious, but the Butterfly Effect forever changed the future of the Star Trek universe. Leaving it open for new sequels.
The Godfather Part II is considered by most to be the best film in the trilogy. It continues the story and also looks back at its history via flashback with Robert De Niro portraying a young Vito Corleone as he rises to power. These scenes are cross-cut with the present day, where his son Michael fights to retain the power he has inherited.
Casino Royale trashed everything you thought you knew about James Bond. Gone were the physically-deformed henchmen and lairs in the center of the earth. What we got instead was a Bond of substance, who took us along with him as he found his way in the world of high espionage.
Tim Burton‘s 2001 Planet of the Apes remake proved to be a fumble with audiences. But Fox wasn’t one to take that lying down. They decided to show exactly what chain of events lead to man’s downfall to the apes. Andy Serkis plays Caesar, a young chimp with highly-developed intelligence who sees humanity’s ugly side. He dreams of more for him and his kind and frees his brothers and sisters, leading their uprising.