In recent years when I hear the word sequel, I immediately think “movie franchise”. It seems like every few months another superhero movie comes along with a lot of CGI, something resembling a plot and somewhat inevitability, it’s only a matter of time before a sequel is made. Of course studios are keen to make a profit but sometimes a sequel is never guaranteed. With this weekend’s release of Blade Runner 2049, a full thirty-five years after the original in 1982, I have decided to take a look at 5 other sequels that came out much later than the original.
The Godfather Part III (1990) – 14 years after The Godfather Part II (1974)
While Francis Ford Coppola’s first two Godfather movies are regarded as classics, the third movie fell far short of it’s predecessors. Coppola had stated that he didn’t intend to make a third movie but after his 1982 movie One From the Heart bombed, he was compelled to make the third installment.
Tron: Legacy (2010) – 28 years after Tron (1982)
The original movie was only a moderate success but in the 28 years between the original and sequel, it gradually gained a cult following, helped in part due to the development of video games and comics based on the movie. While the sequel was a success at the box office, Disney had hoped to develop more movies in the franchise but as the film was only moderately well-received by critics, its future remains uncertain.
Psycho II (1983) – 23 years after Psycho (1960)
The original Hitchcock movie was financed by the director when Paramount refused to provide a normal budget due to their disapproval of the story. In 1983 the sequel was finally released, three years after Hitchcock’s death. The producers were originally apprehensive about producing a sequel to one of Hitchcock’s films but were given the go-ahead by his daughter, Patricia Hitchcock.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) – 23 years after Wall Street (1987)
Oliver Stone was skeptical about directing the sequel to Wall Street but after the financial crash in 2007, decided to renew his partnership with Michael Douglas. In the movie, Douglas stars as Gordon Gekko, a stock trader who in the first movie proclaimed “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good”. While Douglas won the Best Actor award for his role in the original, the sequel wasn’t received anywhere near as well.
T2 Trainspotting (2017) – 21 years after Trainspotting (1996)
The original movie was a huge success yet the sequel took 21 years to be made as Danny Boyle apparently wanted the cast to appear to have aged sufficiently. The film explored heroin subculture in Edinburgh and Mark Renton’s opening monologue of “choose life” is one of the classic scenes from 1990’s cinema. The sequel was well received yet lacked the freshness of the original.