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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#34 | Sunshine: A Toy Story in Space

October 6, 2017

Is Danny Boyle's Sunshine one of the most underrated sci-fi movies of the past decade, or just a boring Sigourney-free version of Alien? Join us as we discuss space botany, weirdly breathy computer voices and heavy-handed character death foreshadowing, all while consistently mispronouncing Cillian Murphy's name. 

Of course we also get around to pitching some fantasy sequel ideas, which this week include a Red Dwarf-inspired look at what Mark Strong's Pinbacker got up to while he was waiting around to be a convenient third-act villain, and a surprisingly convincing pitch that this movie should form the basis of the forthcoming fourth Toy Story movie...

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00.00: Chris Evans has a weirdly forgettable face

09.40: The Sunshine Drinking Game 

18.30: Alternative Readings - Tan Addicts In Space

20.30 Sunshine 2: Red Giant

36.40 Sunshine 2: A Toy Story

51.30 Listener Submissions + Episode 35 Preview


#32 | A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2

September 21, 2017

Haley Joel Osment achieved peak creepiness in this divisive sci-fi fairytale from the combined minds of Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick. But how does A.I. Artificial Intelligence hold up in 2017?

Join us as we brave traumatic face-melting, shameless emotional manipulation and many, many false endings to bring you some truly ludicrous sequel ideas, including an Orange Is The New Black-style TV show populated entirely by undesirable robots, and the A.I//TED crossover that nobody was waiting for...

Along the way we also invent some drinking games to help make that 146 minute runtime go by a little faster, discuss all the ways in which this movie got the future kind of right, but kind of wrong at the same time, and raise some very important questions about Jude Law's hairline...

Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to come up with the most ridiculous sequels, prequels and spin-offs to bring them back to the big screen. You can find us on all major Podcasting platforms and most social media channels. If you like what we do, please hit subscribe for a new episode every Friday, and if you're feeling extra generous, please consider leaving us a review on your podcatcher of choice...

00.00: Who is this movie aimed at? 

08.40: A.I. Artificial Intelligence Drinking Game

22.50: Alternative Readings - The Day After The Day After Tomorrow

23.50 A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2: i-A.I. 

35.20 A.I. Artificial Intelligence: Orange Is The New Chrome

47.55 Listener Submissions + Episode 33 Preview

#29 | Her 2: Single White Operating System

August 31, 2017

Is Spike Jonze’s Her a bittersweet futuristic romance or a chilling dystopian horror movie? As our two co-hosts pitch their sequel ideas, they discover that they had very different takes on this 2013 Oscar Winner…

In the romance corner, Harry lets slip that – like Joaquin Phoenix – he’d happily be aurally pleasured by his smartphone, although he does take issue with a future dominated by pastel colour schemes.

Representing team technophobe, John reveals the extent to which Her‘s central romance freaked him out, rails against a future dominated by high-waisted trousers and questions the data usage implications of OS1’s rapid information gobbling.

Our fantasy sequels this week feature the Intelligent Operating Systems forming their own pressure group to escape the virtual chains of human slavery and a psychological thriller floating the theory that ‘Samantha’ was just the Amy Adams character playing mind games with Theo from day one…

Every 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 Her episode please hit subscribe and leave us a nice review – it really helps other people to find our little show.

00:00 Intro – I don’t want to tell Siri about my relationship with my mother.

18:00 – Alternative Readings: A lonely man getting wanked off by a phone

19:10 Pitch One – Her 2: Single White Operating System

36:20 Pitch Two – Her 2: Back to Reality

54:25 Listener Submissions & Episode 30 Preview

#27 | Interstellar 2: Introspection

August 17, 2017

Is Interstellar Christopher Nolan’s funniest movie? This week on Beyond The Box Set, we’re joined by super fan Joe Timothy to pitch sequels to the time travel space epic that somehow makes room for a wisecracking robot and some unintentionally hilarious cameos…

Along the way, we debate NASA’s questionable training strategies, Anne Hathaway’s baby problem and whether a movie about wormholes and time travel is pushing credibility a little too far by expecting us to believe that Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain are the same age…

As ever, once we’ve fully talked out the movie itself, we get down to business with some fantasy sequel ideas. This week’s pitches include a deep sleep entertainment program that finds Cooper and Brand playing through a virtual Christopher Nolan Greatest Hits, a tense psychological thriller with a Fight Club-esque twist and a crossover into a galaxy far, far away…

Every 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 Interstellar episode, please hit subscribe and consider leaving us a review. It’s the best way to help other listeners to find our little show.

00:00 Intro – Matt Damon’s RuPaul’s Drag Race moment

19:15 Pitch One – Interstellar 2: Nolan 64

31:00 Pitch Two – Interstellar 2: Introspection

40:45 Pitch Three – Interstellar 2: A Star Wars Story

53:45 Listener Submissions & Episode 28 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

#4 | Inception: Hormonal Awakening

February 22, 2017

It’s the best film about dream invasion since Nightmare on Elm Street 3 – this week on Beyond The Box Set we’re pitching sequel ideas for Christopher Nolan’s 2010 sci-fi smash Inception.

By giving its characters near-limitless scope for dream-building and storytelling, Inception provides plenty of fertile ground for expanding its universe. Alas, it seems that Christopher Nolan has too much “integrity” to mine the concept for a full-blown franchise. Fortunately, we have no such qualms…

00:00 Intro
17:05 Pitch One – Inception 2: Hormonal Awakening
33:10 Pitch Two – Inception: Building the Dream
47:35 Episode Five Preview + Bonus Episodes!