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While most movies are made one at a time, some directors and producers are so ambitious that they go into production to make multiple movies. For example, James Cameron will make three Avatar movies at the same time for Christmas 2016, 2017, and 2018. Now that’s ambitious! Here are 7 movie productions that made multiple movies at the same time.
- Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III. While Robert Zemeckis didn’t plan to make a sequel, the box office success of Back to the Future sparked interest in another movie and possible trilogy. Both Back to the Future Part II and Part III were made back-to-back to take advantage of Michael J. Fox’s extended break on Family Ties, which was his first priority.
- Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. Both Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima were made back-to-back because both movies examined the opposing sides of the Battle for Iwo Jima during World War II; American and Japanese, respectively.
- The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The two Matrix sequels were made at the same time to take advantage of scheduling and fan anticipation. Both movies were released in 2003 with only six months between each in May and November.
- Superman and Superman II. The first two Superman films were made back-to-back during a 19-month period from March 1977 to October 1978. Although there’s two years between the release of Superman and Superman II in 1978 and 1980, a majority of Superman II had to be re-shot because Richard Donner left the production because of disputes with the sequel’s producers and movie studio.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The Pirates of the Caribbean sequels were shot at the same time because the budgets for the films were so big. It was actually cheaper to make both movies at the same time then waiting a year or two in between. Since the first movie was so successful, Disney increased the budgets for its sequel to make the movies more epic. Dead Man’s Chest was released in July 2006, while At World’s End was released the following year in July 2007.
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Peter Jackson was planning the Lord of the Rings trilogy since 1995 and made all three movies in an 18-month span between 1998 and the year 2000. Originally, he was planning to make one or two big movies, but New Line Cinema wanted to make the series into a proper trilogy. The movies were released concurrently during Christmas 2001, 2002, and 2003.
- The Three Colors Trilogy. Krzysztof Kieślowski made the Three Colors Trilogy (Blue, White, and Red) at the same time in various location in Europe throughout 1992. The film were released in 1993 and 1994, while Red was the last film the Polish director made before he died in 1996.