PWF ISO old flame
So there's this fandom I'm kind of in where the TV series has been over for years, but a new movie is being made, so of course the fandom is freaking out about what TPTB are going to do to their nice neat closed canon.
But I was discussing one possible worst case scenario, and it reminded me of something that happened in another fandom I was in, only I can't for the *life* of me remember which fandom. My sister thinks she remembers this happening too, so I have backup, but she can't pull out a name either.
The scenario: Canon closed with a strong implication of "happily ever after", or at least, of things going on as they were and the team/OTP/crew/whatever staying together and continuing to kick tail. Then, some time later, TPTB re-opened canon, and our characters had gone their separate ways and been out of touch for years, and had to be brought back together to start the new storyline. And the fandom in general, and me in particular, really, really, hated the whole idea. Only once I'd given it a chance, I realized I liked the way they did it and thought it was actually a good place to take the story.
This could have been in any genre, a TV show, book series, movies, anime or cartoons, comic, webcomic, *possibly* though unlikely a fanfic series; and with an online fandom, but possibly a very tiny one. The best I can narrow it down is that the new canon probably came out within the last five years or so.
We've come up with a few possibilities, but none of them fit quite right: Superman Returns (only I hadn't watched previous canon), the new TMNT movie (but my sister's never seen that one), the new Highlander movie (only it was completely irredeemable), the first Star Trek movie (too old), Sherlock Holmes (much, much too old)...
Anybody have any other ideas? Fandoms that did this that aren't the one I'm looking for are also welcome, for purposes of discussing how likely it is that this trope will lead to the new movie sucking.