Sequels are a common occurrence in Hollywood, with many films receiving follow-up releases only a few years after their initial release. However, there are some films that took a significantly longer time to receive their sequel. In this article, we take a look at some blockbuster films whose sequel took a long time to come.
“Top Gun” is a classic film that was released in 1986 and starred Tom Cruise as Maverick. The film was a huge success and became a cultural phenomenon. Fans had been waiting for a sequel for over three decades, and their patience was finally rewarded when “Top Gun: Maverick” was released in 2022. The sequel takes place 34 years after the original film and sees Cruise’s character returning as a flight instructor.
“Blade Runner” is a science fiction classic that was released in 1982 and starred Harrison Ford. The film was ahead of its time and became a cult classic. It wasn’t until 2017 that a sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” was released. The film takes place 30 years after the events of the original and sees Ryan Gosling’s character, K, uncovering a long-buried secret.
“Tron” is a science fiction film that was released in 1982 and starred Jeff Bridges. The film was a cult classic but was not a commercial success. It took almost three decades for a sequel, “Tron: Legacy,” to be released in 2010. The sequel takes place 28 years after the events of the original and sees Bridges’ character, Kevin Flynn, trapped inside the virtual world he created.
“Jumanji” is a fantasy adventure film that was released in 1995 and starred Robin Williams. The film was a huge success and became a beloved classic. It wasn’t until 22 years later that a sequel, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” was released in 2017. The sequel takes place in the same world as the original but features a new set of characters played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan.
“Mad Max” is a post-apocalyptic action film that was released in 1979 and starred Mel Gibson. The film became a cult classic and spawned two sequels in 1981 and 1985. It took over 30 years for a fourth installment, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” to be released in 2015. The film starred Tom Hardy as Max and was directed by George Miller, who directed the original trilogy.
“Finding Nemo” is a beloved animated film that was released in 2003 and starred Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres. The film was a critical and commercial success and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It took over a decade for a sequel, “Finding Dory,” to be released in 2016. The sequel focuses on Dory, voiced by DeGeneres, as she searches for her long-lost family.
“Independence Day” is a science fiction film that was released in 1996 and starred Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. The film was a huge success and became a blockbuster hit. It wasn’t until 20 years later that a sequel, “Independence Day: Resurgence,” was released in 2016. The sequel takes place 20 years after the events of the original and sees the return of some of the original cast members.
“Jurassic Park” is a science fiction adventure film that was released in 1993 and directed by Steven Spielberg. The film was a massive success and became a cultural phenomenon. It took over a decade for a fourth installment, “Jurassic World,” to be released in 2015. The sequel takes place 22 years after the events of the original and features a new set of characters played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Sequels to blockbuster films are often released within a few years of the original, but there are some films that take a significantly longer time to receive their follow-up. “Top Gun,” “Blade Runner,” “Tron,” and “Jumanji” are just a few examples of films that had long-awaited sequels. These films demonstrate that fans are often willing to wait decades for a sequel to their favorite film.
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