Originally Posted by Face_Palm
Godfather 3 is not considered a reboot.
"Franchise reboots such as The Force Awakens which basically means new life is given to a franchise - this can be a sequel to a previous installment that is coming out super late in the game
. Blade Runner 2049 is a reboot that is also a sequel."
The word reboot is tossed around too often. Either a movie is a sequel, or a reboot. Blade Runner 2049 isn't a reboot. It's a sequel. Unless something in the movie totally undoes or undercuts the original film, it's a sequel. LC came out half a decade after TOD - Was it a reboot? No. KOTCS?
Sequel = continuation of the storyline
Soft reboot = sequel that ignores or alters some earlier canon (IE Jurassic World is a direct sequel to Jurassic Park and ignores the original two sequels. Star Trek 2009 alters the ST universe overall. SW prequels can be considered reboots in that they retooled a lot of the existing lore of the franchise. SW sequels are the same in that they undid the beloved EU; Rogue One rewrites some of the events of the original '77 SW in subtle ways).
Hard reboot - ignores all existing previous canon (IE Batman Begins ignores the Burton/Schumacher movies.)
A reboot to me implies a restart of a franchise after a much maligned entry. Ala Batman. It implies the previous film was bad in some way and needs fixing.