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Simply put, when the reboot of a franchise suffers Canon Dis Continuity.

There are a number of reasons why this happens: the reboot was made without the original creator's input or consent, the reboot was a commercial and/or critical failure, or the nature of the franchise means following the original continuity rather than the reboot continuity is more lucrative.

So, "the old hard drive gets reinstalled" and the next installment in the franchise follows where the last installment of the old continuity left off.

Sometimes, in the process of invoking this trope, some (or all) of the sequels suffer Canon Dis Continuity as well, and the next installment picks up when the very first installment left off.

How well this goes with audiences depends on how well received the reboot was versus how well the original was.

Examples of Reboot Discontinuity include:


Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Films

  • After the "Dark Universe" ended up being a Stillborn Franchise and the 2017 Mummy movie ended up being a commercial and critical failure, The Scorpion King: Book of Souls returns to the continuity of the Mummy trilogy.
  • Leprechaun Returns ignores all the previous movies, including the 2012 reboot, and picks up where the original movie left off.
  • The 2018 Halloween movie ignores all the previous movies, including the Rob Zombie remake and its sequel, and picks up where the original movie left off.
  • Texas Chainsaw ignores all previous movies, including the 2003 remake and its prequel, and picks up where the original movie left off. Leatherface is a prequel that only acknowledges the original movie and Texas Chainsaw.
  • Doctor Sleep ignores the Shining miniseries (as well as the Shining stuff in Castle Rock) and picks up when the original movie left off.
  • The Godzilla movie series didn't ignore the 1998 reboot, they simply stripped it of its nature as a reboot, establishing the "Godzilla" from that movie to be a separate Kaiju existing in the same continuity as the regular Godzilla. They DID, however, ignore the 90s animated TV show.
    • Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong both ignore Shin Godzilla and go back to the MonsterVerse continuity started by the 2014 film.
  • Death Race 2050 is a direct sequel to Death Race 2000, ignoring the 2008 reboot Death Race and its two direct-to-DVD prequels: Death Race 2 and Death Race 3: Inferno
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife ignores everything that came after Ghostbusters II, including the 2016 reboot, and picks up where the second movie left off.

Live Action TV

  • The upcoming Child's Play TV show will ignore the 2019 remake and continue where Cult of Chucky left off.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead doesn't acknowledge the Evil Dead reboot (nor does it acknowledge the Stinger that implied it to be a sequel rather than a reboot) and picks up where Evil Dead 2 (and possibly Army of Darkness) ended.
  • Doctor Who, as a whole, mostly ignores the theatrical movies starring Peter Cushing, with the Expanded Universe either going for the Show Within a Show or All Just a Dream route when it comes to those movies. The movie that introduced the Eighth Doctor is the only movie in continuity with the show, albeit in Broad Strokes.
  • Star Trek: Discovery is a prequel set in the Prime Timeline, and thus ignores the Kelvin Timeline (the universe of the 2009 reboot, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek: Beyond). Star Trek: Picard (a several-years-later sequel to Star Trek: The Next Generation) is also set in the Prime Timeline, and only uses the portions of the 2009 movie that were set in said timeline.
  • Cobra Kai ignores the 2010 Karate Kid remake and picks up where The Next Karate Kid left off.
  • Twice did Power Rangers get reboot movies (one in the 90s, another in 2017), and both times, the franchise kept going while ignoring said reboot movies. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, on the other hand, is 100% in continuity with the franchise, serving as the Pilot Movie for Power Rangers Turbo.

Video Games

Western Animation

  • Frozen II is a sequel to the first movie (as well as Frozen Fever and Olaf's Frozen Adventure), ignoring the Frozen stuff in Sofia the First, Once Upon a Time and Ralph Breaks the Internet.
  • The Nutty Professor animated movie ignores the Eddie Murphy remake and its sequel and picks up where the original Jerry Lewis movie left off.
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