BONUS | Pitching Sequels to the Movies of 2017: Part One

December 28, 2017

From depressing Oscar contenders to terrible franchise movies, we watched a lot of movies in 2017 that wouldn't necessarily fit the Beyond The Box Set format. So we thought it'd be fun to round off the year with a quick-fire run through everything we saw in the cinema this year, complete with improvised sequel pitches. 

Join us in the first part of this mammoth undertaking, in which we vainly attempt to remember the plots of some of the movies we saw from January to June 2017. WARNING - spoilers abound for all of the movies we discuss in this episode, but we'll give you plenty of warning to hit the skip button if there's anything you havent gotten around to yet...

Here are the movies featured in this episode:

00.00: Intro - Broken Shoulders and Pigeon Invasions

03.00: La La Land

06.20: Jackie

07.55: Loving

09.30: Fences

11.15: Moonlight

13.10: Hacksaw Ridge

15.10: Hidden Figures

17.40: Elle

20.30: Manchester By The Sea

23.10: Lego Batman

26.00: Split

29.40: Lion

30.55: T2: Trainspotting

33.10: Beauty & The Beast

35.55: Get Out

38.45: Logan

43.45: Kong: Skull Island

48.50: Ghost in the Shell

51.30: Free Fire

55.30: The Fate of the Furious

01.02.30: Alien Covenant

01.07.30: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2

01.09.25: Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Salazar's Revenge

01.16.15: Wonder Woman

01.21.10: The Mummy

01.25.40: The Beguiled

Stay tuned for part II, featuring increasingly drunken sequel pitches for all the movies we saw from July to December 2017. We'll also be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Friday 5th January 2018, so be sure to subscribe to hear all our latest episodes as soon as they're released.


Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we watch a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Over the course of 2017 we've pitched sequels for stone-cold classics like Gladiator, Titanic and The Truman Show, cult favourites such as The Room, District 9 and Heathers... plus more questionable releases including 50 First Dates, Knights of Badassdom and the Super Mario Bros movie. 

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#38 | The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

November 2, 2017

Was the public really crying out for an Allan Quatermain movie in 2003? If so, they probably weren't banking on the incoherent mess that is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a notorious box office bomb that effectively ended the careers of director Stephen Norrington and star Sean Connery.

This week on Beyond The Box Set, following a request from our pals at the Blokebusters podcast, we revisited The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and tried to figure out how a decent premise ended up going so very, very wrong.

Join us as we attempt to piece together the truly incomprehensible plot of this movie, before imagining what might have been with some course-correcting sequel and reboot ideas. Along the way we also discuss terrible dialogue, Sean Connery's complete lack of effort, heavy-handed literary allusions and much more...

If you're planning to reappraise this movie at some point in the future, we strongly recommend having a drink or three to hand. Fortunately we've also got you covered this episode with some The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen drinking games to ensure your critical functions are nice and dulled by the time the seventh consecutive pointless character introduction rolls around...


Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic - or questionably classic - standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. So far we've covered everything from Heathers to Hocus Pocus, with plenty in-between.

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00.00: Attempting to make sense of the nonsensical 

25.25: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Drinking Game 

30.00: Alternative Readings - The League of Extraordinary Wigs 

32.05: The Team of Brilliant Gents

49.35: Remedial Literary Studies

1.01.55 Listener Submissions + Episode 39 Preview

#37 | The Witches 2: Mousetrap

October 26, 2017

In the final instalment of our Halloween mini-season, Harry and John are joined by the velvet-voiced Paul Kelly to pitch sequels for Nicolas Roeg's genuinely terrifying adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches

Join us as we reminisce about the many, many ways this movie traumatised us as children - including gaslighting grandmas, Anjelica Huston's facial genitalia, truly horrifying special effects work and much more.

Once we've thoroughly relived our childhood nightmares, we also set about creating some brand new ones with our characteristically offbeat sequel suggestions for this classic alleged family film. This week's ideas include an Alien crossover, a John Wick-style neo noir following former rodent Luke's ongoing vendetta against the dark forces, and a sitcom inspired by the clearly terrible customer service on display at Rowan Atkinson's Hotel Excelsior...


In every episode of Beyond The Box Set, we revisit a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. It's movie podcasting with a hilariously creative twist! (We hope). 

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00.00: Your diabetic grandma can't hear you screaming

12.40: The Witches Drinking Game 

19.40: Alternative Readings - A terrifying early draft of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 

20.40: The Witches 2: It's a Witch-Eat-Witch World 

36.20: The Witches 2: Mousetrap

52.50: Fawlty Powers: An Occult Sitcom

1.04.05 Listener Submissions + Episode 38 Preview

#36 | Hocus Pocus 2: Fresh Out the Coven

October 19, 2017

In the second instalment of our special Halloween mini-series, Harry and John enjoy some prime Bette Midler scenery chewing in the all-time seasonal classic that is Hocus Pocus. 

Released in 1993, Hocus Pocus starred Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson Sisters - a trio of legendary witches who return to their home town of Salem with a vengeance after a troubled teen unwittingly brings them back from the dead. A critical and commercial disappointment on release, the movie is now justly regarded as a riotously entertaining seasonal classic. 

Join us as we discuss virgin shaming, fabulous musical numbers and the boldness of opening a children's movie with an infanticide scene. We also come up with some party-friendly Hocus Pocus drinking games, mix in some alternative readings and try to imagine what the long-rumoured sequel to this movie might actually look like. 


Each episode of Beyond The Box Set is dedicated to a classic standalone movie that has never - to date - produced a sequel. Every week we get together to give the movie a light-hearted but thorough dissection, before pitching our own ideas for what a theoretical sequel, prequel or spin-off might look like. 

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00.00: Does eating your own face count as scenery chewing? 

07.50: The Hocus Pocus Drinking Game 

19.35: Alternative Readings - Cats vs Zombies

20.30 Hocus Pocus 2: Fresh Out the Coven

36.55 Game of Hocus Pocus

53.55 Listener Submissions + Episode 37 Preview


#35 | The Witches of Eastwick 2: Wizards of Wakefield

October 12, 2017

In the first part of our special Halloween-themed trilogy, Harry and John revisit one of the most deliciously camp horror-comedies of the 80s - The Witches of Eastwick. 

Starring Jack Nicholson as Satan and Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfieffer as a coven of impeccably styled single mothers, George "Mad Max" Miller's adaptation of the acclaimed John Updike novel is the supernatural smash hit that's been keeping drag queens in fabulous costumes and witty one-liners for the past thirty years. 

Join us as discuss perm symmetry, sexual lounging, church freakouts and much more. Along the way, we also come up with some positively sinful drinking games, and of course pitch our own fantasy sequels to this iconic movie, including a gender swapped remake with a twist, and a sequel that ushers in a new generation of bad-ass witches. 

Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we watch a classic standalone movie and get together to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel and remake ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Our podcast is available on all major platforms, including iTunes, Stitcher, aCast, Podbean, Google Play and more. Hit subscribe on your preferred app to get a new episode direct to your inbox every Friday morning. 

Got a film you'd love to see us cover? Or maybe you have a sequel idea for a film we've already done? We love to hear from our listeners, so please reach out to us on all forms of social media. If you really like the show, please also consider leaving us an iTunes review - it really helps us to attract new listeners.

00.00: Total eclipse of the perm

15.40: The Witches of Eastwick Drinking Game 

25.45: Alternative Readings - Everyone's Hungry For The 'D'

26.45 The Witches of Eastwick: Wizards of Wakefield

40.30 The Witches of Eastwick 2: F*ck Men! 

52.00 Listener Submissions + Episode 36 Preview

#28 | Interview With The Vampire 2: Fangs For The Royalties

August 24, 2017

Before the Twilight franchise ruined vampire movies for everybody, two of Hollywood’s most iconic leading men signed on to play a bloodsucking duo with a relationship so dripping with homoeroticism, producers briefly considered adding Cher to the cast to butch things up a little…

This week on Beyond The Box Set, John and Harry revisit the campy/scary delight that is Neil Jordan’s Interview With The Vampire. Join us as we discuss Tom Cruise’s magnificent scenery chewing, appreciate little Kirsten Dunst’s fierce post-mortem ringlet game and struggle to identify exactly what the plot of this movie is.

After waxing nostalgic for a while, we move on with our fantasy sequel pitches, including a Dark Universe crossover that stretches Harry’s celebrity impersonation skills to the limit, and an origin story that attempts to answer why celebrated vampire novels always seem to be written by bored housewives with no previous writing experience…

Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequels, prequels and spin-offs to bring them back to the big screen. If you enjoy our Interview With The Vampire episode, hit subscribe for a regular dose of ludicrous fan fiction, and leave us a nice review so other listeners can find us as well. I mean, you don’t have to, but we’d really appreciate it if you did…

00:00 Intro – A SWOT Analysis of Vampirism

22:00 Pitch One – The Vampire: A Dark Universe Movie

42:10 Pitch Two – Interview With The Vampire 2: Fangs For The Royalties

53:00 Listener Submissions & Episode 29 Preview

#26 | Strictly Ballroom 2: Hell Toupee

August 11, 2017

It was the cult Australian rom-com that launched a worldwide reality TV phenomenon. This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re joined by Ellie Chalkley – host of the Keep Dancing podcast – to help us pitch sequels to Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom.

Join us as we discuss the fabulously tragic glamour of regional ballroom championships, the perils of 90s fake tan and whether Bill Hunter’s wig in this movie may actually have been possessed of a demon…

As always, we’re also on hand with a selection of weird and wonderful sequel ideas, including an All Star Ballroom Championship that rapidly descends into violent bloodshed, a reality TV reunion that finally gives Fran the happy ending she deserves and a… questionably related sequel that somehow incorporates The Lion King and the birth of The Simpsons.

Beyond The Box Set is a podcast in which we take classic standalone movies and compete to come up with the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. If you like what we do, please hit subscribe and take a few minutes to write us a nice review. It’s not just to feed our fragile egos – it also really helps us to find new listeners too – honest!

00:00 Intro – Scott’s mom never even tries for a casual look

14:00 Pitch One – Strictly Ballroom 2: Hell Toupee

26:55 Pitch Two – Strictly, Strictly Ballroom

37:25 Pitch Three – Strictly Disney

46:35 Listener Submissions & Episode 27 Preview

#22 | Scott Pilgrim vs. Addiction

July 14, 2017

Does Edgar Wright have a woman problem? As his new movie Baby Driver lands in cinemas, John and Harry revisit Scott Pilgrim vs The World and are left with very mixed opinions about the Cornetto Trilogy director’s first American movie.

From Michael Cera’s leading man credentials to Brandon Routh’s highly questionable wig work, this movie left us with plenty to talk about – and that’s before we get to our fantasy sequel ideas, featuring a Western remake and a chilling drug-fuelled Trainspotting crossover.

Each week on Beyond The Box Set we take a classic standalone movie and compete to come up with the best, worst and weirdest sequel, prequel and spin-off concepts to bring them back to the big screen. If you like what you hear, please hit the subscribe button and give us a review. It feeds our fragile egos and helps new listeners to find the show.

00:00 Intro – Michael Cera is hard to watch

18:50 Pitch One – Scott Pilgrim vs The West

37:00 Pitch Two – Scott Pilgrim vs Addiction

54:00 Listener Submissions & Episode 23 Preview

#5 | The Fifth Element: Odyssey of the Fifth

March 8, 2017

This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re pitching sequel ideas for Luc Besson’s insane sci-fi classic The Fifth Element. From Gary Oldman’s bewildering accent work to Chris Tucker’s positively Jar Jar Binks-ian performance as Ruby Rhod, it’s fair to say that this movie divides people. But what might a new take on the film look like in 2017?

From a gender-swapping Western to a mockumentary turned found footage horror, join us as we get down to business with a pair of very different, but equally ludicrous ways to bring The Fifth Element back to the big screen…

00:00 Intro
12:15 Pitch One – The Fifth Element: Odyssey of the Fifth
29:30 Pitch Two – The Fifth Element: Mangalore Nights
45:55 Episode Six Preview