The Longest Gap Between Movie Sequels


Jurassic World comes out this weekend, and in case you were wondering it’s been over 13 years since the last installment came out. While 13 years may seem like a long time, it’s not even close to the longest time between sequels. We take a look at some of the longest in cinematic history.

Mad Max; Fury Road came out earlier this year, and with a 29 year gap between sequels it’s shocking that George Miller was able to return to his franchise. It is the first time someone other than Mel Gibson played the titular character, but still the movie played out like hardly any time had passed at all.

The Star Wars franchise has gone through not one, but two large gaps between sequels. While technically a prequel, The Phantom Menace came out 15 years after Return of the Jedi, and later on this year The Force Awakens will come out over ten years after Revenge of the Sith. That’s a lot of down time for a franchise that has a large fan base worldwide.

Another movie that took 29 years between sequels in The Odd Couple. The original came out in 1968 and was based on the Neil Simon play. Simon himself even wrote the screenplay. The playwright returned for the sequel, but it wasn’t based on any of his previous works. Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau also returned.

The Disney hit Tron turned into such a cult classic that it first saw a sequel as a video game before seeing a theatrical sequel. On the big screen Tron: Legacy came out over 28 years after the original, and explored what happened to the characters from the first movie.

A lot of people felt Paul Newman was robbed of an Oscar for 1961’s The Hustler, but when he won for playing the same role 25 years later in The Color Of Money they didn’t think he was the best that year. Most think the win was an apology of sorts from the Academy.

At the end of Wall Street it was implied that Michael Douglas’ character Gordon Gekko went to prison, and 22 years later in the sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, he’s served his sentence and is being released. Too bad the sequel wasn’t as good as the original movie.

Last year the sequel to the hit Jim Carrey comedy Dumb and Dumber (sorry Dumb and Dumber, you juts don’t count) finally came out, and they played it like 20 years had gone by, even though it had only been 19. A lot had changed in those years though, and Dumb and Dumber To just didn’t catch on with audiences like the original one had.

Indiana Jones was always a bit of a relic in his movies, but he looked even more like one in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. 18 years had gone by between sequels, and unfortunately they just couldn’t get the charm of the original movies in this one.

Jack Nicholson was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Chinatown, and it was well deserved. On the other hand his return to the character 16 years later in The Two Jakes was mostly derided by critics. It was a movie that really shouldn’t have been made in the first place.

The last movie on our list is The Godfather: Part III. We don’t have anything bad to say about the movie, after all it is a decent movie, but it just doesn’t have the same strength as the first two. Perhaps 16 years was too long of a wait between sequels. Of course it still had several Oscar nominations, but it didn’t win any of them.


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