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9 Must-see prequels in film and TV coming in 2024 and beyond



By Buro Malaysia

Text by: Adrianna Haris | Edited by: Marissa Chin | Featured Images: Lionsgate | Paramount Pictures | @thehungergames / Instagram
9 Must-see prequels in film and TV coming in 2024 and beyond

Prequels are the new sequels in Hollywood as cinemas are seeing a wave of prequels hit the big screens just this year alone. It’s not hard to figure out why cinephiles love prequels: you’ll get to dig into the backstories of your favourite characters and worlds, getting a fresh perspective and deeper insight into the original tales. Whether you’re a fan of silent horrors, post-apocalyptic adventures, or magical musicals, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a roundup of the nine most anticipated prequels in film and TV coming in 2024 and beyond and why they’re worth your time.


1. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Get ready to uncover the origins of one of the toughest warriors in the Mad Max universe. Directed by the mastermind George Miller, this prequel takes us through the early life of the fierce Imperator Furiosa (Anya Taylor-Joy) as she’s snatched from ‘The Green Place’ by the nefarious warlord, Dr. Dementus (Chris Hemsworth). Set in the harsh, dystopian Wasteland, the film chronicles the trials and tribulations that shape Furiosa’s resilience and drive for vengeance in a five-part odyssey. Expect the same explosive car chases and stunning visuals that made Mad Max: Fury Road a blockbuster hit, but with more epic world-building that gives viewers a deeper look into the politics of the Mad Max universe. 

When and where: 23 May 2024 in theatres


2. The Acolyte

Get ready to explore the dark side of the Force with this upcoming Star Wars prequel set about 100 years before Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. In the final days of the High Republic era, a former Padawan reunites with her respected Jedi Master to investigate a series of mysterious crimes. With a blend of new and familiar characters, this TV show promises to expose the shadowy underbelly of a galaxy far, far away.

When and where: 4 June 2024 on Disney+


3. House of the Dragon, Season 2 

This Game of Thrones prequel had everyone hooked with its first season in 2022. As we eagerly await the second, the official trailer teases more political intrigue, dragon-fueled battles, and complex character dynamics. Dive into the Targaryen dynasty’s rise to power, with siblings battling for the throne and sparking a civil war known as the ‘Dance of the Dragons.’ After that gripping season one finale, fantasy lovers and Game of Thrones fans won’t want to miss this.

When and where: 16 June 2024 on HBO and Max


4. A Quiet Place: Day One 

Ever wondered how the silent apocalypse started? This prequel from the hit horror franchise takes us back to the terrifying first day of the alien invasion, showing us the panic and chaos of humanity’s first clash with these deadly creatures. Written and directed by Michael Sarnoski, in collaboration with series creator John Krasinski, viewers can expect the same nail-biting tension, suspense, and innovative sound design that made the original movies stand out.

When and where: 28 June 2024 in theatres


5. Wicked 

Take a trip to the Land of Oz with this highly anticipated prequel to the infamous tale of The Wizard of Oz. Directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo, this musical extravaganza reveals how two unlikely friends become the iconic figures of Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. The official trailer showcases stunning visuals and powerful performances, promising a magical exploration of these beloved characters’ origins. Part 2 will continue the spellbinding adventure, premiering a year later on 26 November 2025.

When and where: 28 November 2024 in theatres


6. Mufasa: The Lion King 

Discover the regal beginnings of Mufasa in Disney’s prequel to the 2019 live-action adaption of The Lion King, based on the 1994 classic. Donald Glover and Beyoncé will reprise their roles as Simba and Nala, with Blue Ivy, Beyoncé’s daughter, voicing their offspring, Kiara. The film will reveal Mufasa’s backstory as an orphaned cub, navigating the challenges of the Pride Lands as he eventually ascends to the throne. With photorealistic animation and a touching narrative, this prequel is sure to resonate with audiences of all ages when it roars into cinemas. 

When and where: 20 December 2024 in theatres


7. Dune: Prophecy 

Set 10,000 years before the events of Dune and the ascension of Paul Atredis, this new series explores the origins of the enigmatic Bene Gesserit. The prequel delves into the early history of the sisterhood, revealing how their extraordinary abilities and political manoeuvres shaped the trajectory of the Imperium. As the women weave their influence across the great Houses, viewers will witness the birth of their far-reaching schemes and understand the depth of their eventual power. 

When and where: fall 2024 on HBO and Max


8. Elle 


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On May 14, Reese Witherspoon announced Elle, the Legally Blonde prequel TV series, in true Elle Woods fashion–dressed in a pink two-piece and accompanied by her infamous pet chihuahua, Bruiser Woods. Fans went wild as she even recreated the iconic ‘bend and snap’ move from the original movie. This upcoming show will take us back to the ’90s, exploring Woods’ personality, determination, and unique sense of style during her teenage years in high school. 

When and where: 2025 on Prime Video


9. The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping

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Dropping in 2026, the next Hunger Games prequel is what fans have been patiently waiting for. Based on Suzanne Collins’ upcoming novel Sunrise on the Reaping, releasing on 18 March 2025, the film will take us back 24 years before Katniss Everdeen’s rise. It starts on the reaping day of the brutal 50th Hunger Games, or Second Quarter Quell, with double the tributes and a young Haymitch Abernathy stepping into the arena.

When and where: 20 November 2026 in theatres



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