Hollywood is all about sequels and prequels, but why do some movies get split into parts in a single release? Take for instance Netflix's newest satirical disaster film which follows the same format. So, how many parts does Leave the World Behind have?
How Many Parts Leave the World Has, Explained
Based on Rumaan Alam's novel of the same name, Leave the World Behind tells the story of two families joining together under a strange world crisis of a surprise cyber attack.
Though disaster films are meant to be longer than one hour, Leave the World Behind was also split into five parts, namely: Part I: The House, Part II: The Curve, Part III: The Noise, Part IV: The Flood, and lastly, Part V: The End.
Each of them indicates what part of the story the film is playing, and in this case, it's the parts of the cyber attack, aka the House, where it all began, followed by the curve of the internet and cables, the noise incident, and the flood (the flamingos and the deers, the red pamphlets), and of course, the end of the movie.
Why Leave the World Behind is Split Into Parts Explained
Although Leave the World Behind's film director Sam Esmail didn't explain the reason behind splitting the movie into five parts, he did share with Entertainment Weekly some of the creative changes he made from the original novel:
"[The film] became a different interpretation of what Rumaan wrote, just recontextualized into the cinematic form. I'm not a fan of making a carbon copy of the book. What I wanted was to create this standalone piece so that you could read the book and you could watch the movie and one wouldn't spoil the other — that there were sort of two separate pieces and two different interpretations of the same story."
Will Netflix Make a Leave the World Behind Sequel?
As of writing, Netflix and Sam Esmail have yet to announce whether Leave the World Behind will get a sequel or not.
However, considering that the film already covered Rumaan Alam's story on the screen, viewers will likely have to stick with the 'mystifying' ending we got.
Meanwhile, the official synopsis for Netflix's Leave the World Behind reads:
A family's (Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke) vacation is upended when two strangers (Mahershala Ali and Myha'la) arrive at night, seeking refuge from a cyberattack that grows more terrifying by the minute, forcing everyone to come to terms with their places in a collapsing world.