Movie Sequels That Showed Up Much Later Than Their Predecessors
Hollywood loves nothing more than to crank out the hits, and we certainly know after all of 2015’s blockbuster sequels, but some hits actually come with a delayed fuse. Check out some of the biggest movie sequels that showed up much later than their originals. Some took more than three decades.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (10 Years)
Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 crew were such an adored bunch of sociopaths in 2004 that people just had to get another lickin’. After disclosing the news on nightly TV — how appropriate — Will Ferrell and his news team returned in 2013 to take on GNN (that’s a CNN knockoff) and its new 24-hour-a-day news realm. Brick, Brian and Champ joined for the stampede of awkwardly sexual jokes and another news team showdown.
Zoolander 2 (15 Years)
In 2001, we finally got a glimpse of Blue Steel. Now after 15 years, we get to see Derek Zoolander and Han-Sellout (I’m sorry, Hansel) back as the aging, out-of-place male models we all know them to be. Set for February 2016 release, “Zoolander 2” is one of the most highly-anticipated comedy sequels since…well, the first movie listed right above it here. But it is the first mer-man sequel of its kind.
The Godfather: Part III (16 years)
The second installment of “The Godfather” is arguably the greatest part of one of the greatest trilogies ever, released in 1974 after its original in 1972. But the third act wasn’t released until much later in 1990, however set in 1979, and it was considered by far the worst of the three, requiring a lot of moves to close out the story for Michael Corleone.
Rocky Balboa (16 Years)
From “Rocky V” in 1990 up until 2006, we didn’t see a lot of Mr. Balboa, simply because Sylvester Stallone got busy with other projects. Some of us thought he didn’t have enough fight in him to do another, but we were dead wrong, as he came back for his self-titled finale after 30 years of the Philadelphia fighting before heading into the ring of “Creed,” one of the best non-holiday films to close out the year. Luckily, we got “Stop or My Mom Will Shoot” in that 16-year interim.
Rambo (20 Years)
Once people saw Sly return in style and look good enough to take an asskicking in 2006, fans started asking for more renewals of the classics, including 2008’s “Rambo” reprise. There’s not much else to say, since he barely spoke, but the scenes with gratuitous death and constant murder — they all had that — were entertaining enough to buy a ticket to see after 20 years of not seeing any. The rotten ratings weren’t great, but we enjoyed the trip down memory lane with one of the great film trilogies of all time.
Blues Brothers 2000 (18 Years)
Started up in 1976 by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, a deceased “SNL” great, we got the first “The Blue Brothers” film in 1980. After the tragic loss of Belushi, Ackroyd convinced his younger brother, Jim, to fill his brother’s shoes in the 1998 sequel, “Blues Brothers 2000.”
Superman Returns (19 Years)
There was a hefty gap between 1987’s “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” and Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns,” but after seeing it in 2006, we kind of wish they had either let the idea die or waited for the slightly better subpar “Man of Steel” to make its birth. After nearly two decades of waiting, there was too much pressure to make a great film, despite a huge growth in picture quality, but the choices of Brandon Routh as Clark Kent and Kevin Space as Lex Luthor were slightly ill-cast.
Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (19 Years)
After the end of the “Indiana Jones” trilogy in 1989 with “The Last Crusade,” we would later find out that wasn’t the last crusade after all. Harrison reprised his role as Jones for the fourth installment in 2008, the year Hollywood decided to start revving up revivals. The film was, in our humble opinion, the worst of all its works and forcefully thrown together, yet still somehow too long.
Dumb and Dumber To (20 Years)
When we first met Harry and Lloyd in 1994, our lives and movie quote quota would change forever, where any of their goofy originality fit into average mundane life to make it livable. But the clanging of sequel bells loud enough leading up to their 20th anniversary of the being the greatest comedy of all time, despite that horrid sideways prequel, and instead we got two aging degenerates with a lot of the same jokes and very few ranking up there with the first film’s.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (23 Years)
Michael Douglas made his “Wall Street” comeback with wild child, Shia Lebeouf, in 2010 after 23 years away. The original, also directed by and starring Oliver Stone, along with Charlie and Martin Sheen, is known as a classic amongst Gordon Gekko intrigue, while his 2010 sequel, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” focuses on the ex-con Gekko and his son-in-law.
Psycho II (23 Years)
It’s hard to top a psycho thriller like Hitchcock’s 1960 “Psycho,” but damn near 23 years later, Richard Franklin thought he could. Although the original was rebooted another 15 years after that by Gus van Sant, nothing will ever compare to Hitchcock in his prime.
Tron: Legacy (28 Years)
The follow-up that had nostalgia flying like a coke-fueled speedster in the video game cyberspace, Tron’s sequel “Tron: Legacy” got a stir from moviegoers and some sexy additions from Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett. The 1982 Steven Lisberger directed original starring Jeff Bridges got a major cinematic uplift after 28 years, but still fell short in the ratings after its release in 2010.
The Odd Couple II (30 Years)
Good thing it wasn’t called “The Old Couple” or they might not have made it to the sequel. The odd couple only got a little more odd in their debilitating old age, as the 1968 buddy comedy starring two grumpy, old men (Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon) got its heartfelt necessitation in 1998. Both men died a few years later in the real life.