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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#20 | Cast Away 2: Wilsonism

June 30, 2017

Is Tom Hanks a great actor, or do people just like him? John and Harry attempt to decipher the appeal of Hollywood’s favourite every-ham as we pitch sequels to Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar-nominated classic Cast Away. From the rise of a Scientology-style religion built around the cult of Wilson, to the return of Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jonah Hill in a stoner survival comedy set on a deserted island, we’re taking Cast Away so far off course, not even a CGI whale and a weirdly unflattering photo of Helen Hunt could bring it home…

If you enjoy our fantasy sequels for Cast Away, hit subscribe to ensure you never miss one of our episodes. Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch the most ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off idea to bring it back to the big screen. If you really like what we do, please consider leaving us a review. It’s great for our egos and it helps other people to find us.

00:00 Intro – A Volleyball with the voice of Tim Allen

17:15 Pitch One – Cast Away: Weed Island

29:50 Pitch Two – Cast Away 2: Wilsonism

45:00 Listener Submissions & Episode 21 Preview


#15 | Sideways 2: The Hangover

May 26, 2017

This week John and Harry pitch sequel ideas to Alexander Payne’s bittersweet classic Sideways. Twelve years after the events of the original movie, has Paul Giamatti’s Miles finally made piece with Merlot? Has late in life celebrity transformed Thomas Hayden Church’s Jack into a crack-addled Hollywood train wreck? Are the characters still constantly drunk-driving with reckless abandon? The answers to all these questions and more in an extra tipsy edition of Beyond The Box Set…

00:00 Intro – Kimmy Schmidt has ruined Pinot Noir forever

18:25 Pitch One – Sideways 2: The Hangover

38:40 Pitch Two – Sideways 2: Road Rage

52:30 Listener Submissions and Episode 16 Preview

#14 | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

May 19, 2017

A poignant exploration of love and the nature of memory, the romance between Joel and Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind might just be too lovely to taint with our trademark brand of silly sequel ideas. The deeply creepy central premise and side characters on the other hand…

00:00 Intro – Elijah Wood should play more sex pests

18:45 Pitch One – Eternal Winter of the Wandering Mind

35:45 Pitch Two – Eternal Moonlight of the Spotless Mind

49:40 Listener Submissions and Episode 15 Preview

#12 | Gravity 2: Down to Earth

May 4, 2017

This week on Beyond the Box Set, pitching sequels to Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 space epic Gravity proved to be tougher than expected. Join us as we discuss 3D vomit, intergalactic baseball and why Sandra Bullock is no match for Sigourney Weaver when it comes to tank top wearing space survivors…

00:00 Intro – Harry needs to stop killing our friends

18:05 Pitch One – Gravity 2: The Lost World

29:55 Pitch Two – Gravity 2: Down to Earth

47:20 Episode 13 Preview


BONUS: Post-Oscars Reaction

February 27, 2017

In the second of our shamelessly off-brand bonus episodes, we blearily reflect on the 2017 Academy Awards, including the most deserved winners, the most robbed losers and the jokes that should have been left on the cutting room floor…

00:00 Intro – The morning after the night before
06:40 Best Supporting Actor, Shots for Suicide Squad & Costume Chat
09:50 We definitely understand the difference between Sound Editing & Sound Mixing
15:20 A bunch of technical awards that Arrival totally should have won
23:00 Nobody steals from The Muppets
27:10 Mel Gibson needs some fresh air
32:25 The greatest Oscar cock-up of all time
33:50 Final thoughts

BONUS: Ranking the 2017 Oscar Nominees

February 26, 2017

Here at Beyond The Box Set, we love the Oscars! So much so, that we’re going totally off-brand with a bonus episode in which we rank all nine of the 2017 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture from worst to best.

Which Best Picture nominee do we really wish had been directed by Steven Spielberg? Which film definitely should have been nominated for Best Achievement in Wigs? And why was one nominee almost ruined by our decision to watch it in a Dutch cinema? Find out in this very special feature-length episode…

00:00 Intro – Going off-brand
00:40 #9: The worst Best Picture Nominee of 2017
05:00 #8: Pacing issues and questionable wig-work
09:10 #7 Acting versus *ACTING!*
14:00 #6 Impenetrable accent work and Best Supporting Extra
18:35 #5 Mahershala Ali is having a very good year
23:50 #4 Hyperbole: The Movie
30:40 #3 The most delightful nominee of the year
35:50 #2 #DryFaceCry
41:00 #1 Never watch a sci-fi movie in a Dutch cinema
47:10 Best Director – John can’t pronounce French
47:45 Best Actor – Look, we’re just calling him Ryan Reynolds now OK?
50:35 Best Actress – Florence Foster Jenkins is hard to say
54:20 Best Supporting Actor – The fraud category
56:15 Best Supporting Actress – Wigs vs SnotCry
58:35 The Jimmy Kimmel Problem

#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!

#2 | Gladiator! The Musical

February 8, 2017

An endlessly-quotable sword and sandal epic that spawned a thousand crappy imitators but strangely no direct spin-offs (yet), this week on Beyond The Box Set we’re pitching sequel ideas for Ridley Scott’s Gladiator.

Can any current Hollywood star could possibly match Russell Crowe for girth and gravitas? What if Michael Bay took over the franchise? And would this movie be as popular if it was reimagined as an all-singing, all-dancing, hyper-violent musical? These are the questions we hope to answer…

00:00 Intro
05:30 Pitch One – Gladiator! The Musical!
22:50 Pitch Two – Gladiator: Warzone
41:10 Episode Three Preview + Oscars 2017 Chat

#1 | Titanic 2: A Stoner Comedy

February 1, 2017

Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a difference – instead of just reviewing cinema classics, we’re pitching prequel, sequel and remake ideas for the films that don’t have any.

Where better to start than with one the highest grossing movies of all time, James Cameron’s 1997 romance epic Titanic. From a direct sequel featuring a ghostly DiCaprio and more plot twists than an M Night Shyamalan movie to a stoner comedy that ends with James Franco and Jonah Hill in drag, we can guarantee these movies will never actually get made, but we’d like to think that they should be…

00:00 Intro – Establishing the ground rules
07:00 Pitch One – Titanic: A Stoner Comedy
21:20 Pitch Two – Titanic 2: A Woman’s Heart
36:50 Episode Two Preview