Maverick’ and 9 other sequels released over 10 years after the original
Nowadays, a movie receiving a sequel is a necessity to be considered a success. Everything is intellectual property ready to be developed and developed. Whether it’s a sequel, prequel, or cinematic universe, Hollywood isn’t shy about doing follow-ups.
This obsession with established IP is why it’s so interesting that a sequel takes years to come out. You immediately make a sequel in order to capitalize on the success of the first. Waiting 10, 15, even 20 years calls for a very specific reason. Whether it’s waiting for the right story, the right budget, or even the right social climate, the late sequels are fascinating to watch.
Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
Superior gun is such a good movie that it never needed a sequel. The 1986 classic helped catapult Tom Cruise to mega-star status and introduced one of the most underrated action thriller directors, Tony Scott, to the general public. The film is packed with so much ’80s Air Force awesomeness and riveting excitement that you don’t notice it’s not packed to the brim with action. Superior gun didn’t need a sequel because it’s too perfect a film to replicate.
That said, even if it’s not necessary, 2022 Top Gun: Maverick justifies its existence by wowing audiences with its quality. At the time of writing, the film holds 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. As soon as it hits theaters, audiences around the world are ready to take flight again with Maverick.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
star wars is perhaps the most popular movie property of all time. When the original hit the big screen in 1977, it immediately became a cultural phenomenon. We were always talking more star wars movies, but after the prequel trilogy, the franchise survived in novels, comics, video games, and cartoons.
Disney bought the intellectual property of george lucas and immediately began work on a new sequel trilogy that would bring back beloved characters. This finally took shape with the release of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens in 2015. The sequel trilogy certainly inspired a divisive reaction from the star wars fandom, but the force awakens certainly ushered in an era where there are more star wars than ever.
Incredibles 2 (2018)
The film takes place in a pulpy world full of superheroes. When Mr. Incredible (Craig T Nelson) comes out of retirement to take a message to a mysterious island, it becomes a family affair as his superpowered wife and children team up with him to save the world.
However The Incredibles was one of Pixar’s most beloved films, and superheroes have been at the pinnacle of American pop culture since 2008, it wasn’t until 2018 that we finally got a sequel. Incredibles 2 picked up where the previous one left off and now saw Elastigirl (holly hunter) leaving her husband at home with the children to undertake a mission herself. This time following the exploits of a villain who uses mind control for his evil plans.
Bridget Jones’ baby (2016)
Based on Helen Fielding novel of the same name, Bridget Jones Diary came out in 2001 and instantly became a beloved romantic comedy, even earning a star Renee Zellweger an Oscar nomination. The film follows Bridget’s love life as she spends a year jotting it down in her diary. The sequel, released in 2004, Bridget Jones: The limit of reason sees Bridget working now to maintain a relationship,
The film was released 12 years after the previous one and reunited with the characters after just as much time. This being the first and only Bridget Jones film not based on Fielding’s source material, many fans appreciated how the film brought something new to the series.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
the original Wall Streetreleased in 1987, captured an era in America when, as Michael Douglas’ Gordon Gekko said it, “Greed is good.” In the movie, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) convinced Gekko to guide him with the promise of insider trading. The morals of everyone involved are questionable, painting the film with all the meaning of “Who are the real bad guys?”
The follow-up, Wall Street: Money Never Sleepsreleased in 2010 in a very different America following the financial crisis of 2008. This time, fresh out of prison, Gekko is put in the position of anti-hero, teaming up with Jake Moore (Shia Labeouf) to take on Wall Street. It’s actually a case where it makes sense to space the two movies so far apart, that way they each capture a unique moment in the American economy.
My Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)
It’s easy to forget how successful the original was My Fat Greek Wedding was when it came out in 2002. The film about a non-Greek man marrying into a Greek family connected with audiences in a way that very few romantic comedies have.
Due to its incredible success, it’s no surprise the creator is trying to capitalize on its success with a sequel, but what’s surprising is how long it took. My Fat Greek Wedding 2 released in 2016, 14 years later. The film picks up years after the events of the first film, when the Portokalos family reunites for another big, fat Greek wedding.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II are considered two of the greatest films of all time. Released in 1972 and 1974 respectively, the two mafia epics won several Oscars, including Best Picture. Francis Ford Coppolait is adaptation of Mario PuzoThe novel tells the tragic story of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) drawn into the world of organized crime. They cemented Coppola as one of the great American directors of all time.
Much less discussed than the first two Sponsors, The Godfather: Part III picks up years after the events of the previous film and finds Michael fully invested in the world of the mob. The movie isn’t bad at all, but keeping up with the first two movies is a nearly impossible task without disappointing someone. In 2020, 30 years after its initial release, Coppola released its director’s cut titled The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleonewhich many found to be a better version of a flawed film.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Originally created as a tribute to old Hollywood adventure series, the franchise created by movie legends Steven Spielberg and george lucas has transcended its benchmark to become a pop culture reference in its own right.
All three of the original IndianaJones movies are loved. The fourth? Not really. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released in 2008, 19 years after the previous entry. As he tried to move the franchise forward, bringing Indy back (Harrison Ford) and introducing his son Mutt (Shia Labeouf), many felt that the plot involving aliens jumped the shark for the series known for never fully leaning into the supernatural. Now, nearly 15 years later crystal skull, we get a fifth Indiana Jones. We’ll see if a new director can get this beloved franchise back on track.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
by Ridley Scott blade runner is considered one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, if not the greatest. It tells the story of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a Blade Runner for the LAPD whose job is to track down fugitive androids and decommission them. It wasn’t a huge hit when it was initially released, with many believing it to be an underrated masterpiece that was ahead of its time.
The same could be said for the sequel, released 35 years later. Denis Villeneuve Blade Runner 2049 tells the story of K (Ryan Gosling), a Blade Runner for the LAPD, investigates a plot that leads him to find Deckard, who has been missing for decades. It was also a box office failure, but gained a reputation for being equal to, if not better than, the previous film.
Avatar: The Way of the Water (2022)
by James Cameron Avatar is the highest-grossing film of all time. So, honestly, it’s kind of strange that in the IP-obsessed entertainment industry, it took 13 years to get a sequel, let alone four.
With Avatar: The Way of the Water Finally set to debut in theaters in December, the franchise’s new owner, Disney after acquiring 20th Century Fox, has gone to great lengths to remind audiences of how Avatar was back in 2009. They even converted an entire section of DisneyWorld’s Animal Kingdom into Pandora, the alien planet from the first movie. Avatar: The Way of the Water has a lot to do, and only time will tell if the Avatar franchise has legs or if the original was kind of a fluke.
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