With Winona Ryder confirming Beetlejuice 2 more than 26 years after the original, NME takes a look back at some other films sequels that took an absolute age to arrive, as well as some that fans are still waiting for. Warning: You may well have blocked some of these dodgy follow-ups from memory…
Blade Runner 2
Blade Runner is an undisputed classic that influences modern sci-fi from Moon to video game smash Mass Effect. No pressure, then, on this follow-up set to shoot in 2016, 34 years after Ridley Scott’s original came out, with Ryan Gosling (hopefully) joining Harrison Ford. BRING IT ON.
Sixteen years after Rocky V, this was conceived as a final farewell. That was Rocky V‘s aim too, but after it was panned Sly wanted another pop. Luckily Rocky Balboa was pretty satisfying if you can forgive the plot hole. In V, Rocky was told never to fight again because of damage, but apparently doctors misdiagnose all the time…
Though the most recent Jurassic Park film came out in 2001, Jurassic World‘s director has suggested JP2 and 3 may as well be disregarded, because the new film is basically a direct sequel to the 1993 original. That can only be a good thing. From the looks of the trailers, this one’s set to be action-packed and, thanks to Chris Pratt, pretty funny too.
The Godfather Part III
The Godfather trilogy was released over a period of 18 years, 16 of which fell between the second and third instalments. Apparently Francis Ford Coppola’s production company was struggling financially after his 1988 flop Tucker and Part III was deemed a safe box office bet. The director now says of the films: “There should have only been one.”
Did this sequel’s producer get sucked into a computer program for the 28 years it took to appear? Wait, no, that’s actually the storyline: in Tron: Legacy, a computer program belonging to Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) also sucks in his son, who finds him inside along with an evil cyber version of himself. Okaaay… The Daft Punk soundtrack is pretty ace though.
Dumb And Dumber To
The best thing about the third film in the Dumb And Dumber franchise is its deliberately stupid name. Sadly the 11 years between this and the Dumb And Dumber prequel, When Harry Met Lloyd, didn’t help the writers to devise any new ideas. One of the few surprises in this sloppy 2014 sequel is the sun-dappled soundtrack by Empire of the Sun.
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
1989’s The Last Crusade felt like a full stop for the Indiana Jones franchise, so the appearance of a fourth instalment 19 years later was something of a surprise. Cate Blanchett’s vampiric performance as a Soviet commander is pretty striking, as is the huge nuke, but the introduction of aliens is maybe a step too far.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
It’s been 10 years since Revenge Of The Sith, and prior to George Lucas’ 1999-2005 prequel trilogy there was a 16-year gap. Still, all omens seem favourable for Episode VII: director JJ Abrams is a total pro and the trailers show an understanding of the original films’ tone, offering a modern look without resorting to indiscriminate dollops of CGI.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
In which the guy who told us “greed is good” gets a redemption story. 23 years on and Michael Douglas’ Gordon Gekko is released from prison, entering a world where the economy’s unstable and his daughter hates him. She’s dating Shia LaBeouf, who also appeared in another long-awaited but disappointing sequel, Indiana Jones And The Crystal Skull.
Independence Day 2
This 2016 sequel exists in an “alternate present-day reality” where the world’s been busy harvesting alien technology in the 20 years since Independence Day. The script has a Will Smith-shaped hole – Liam Hemsworth steps in as leading man – but luckily Jeff Goldblum’s nerdy type is still around to save us with his one-size-fits-all virus-uploading program.
When production company Carolco Pictures went bust, it caused a 20-year wait for more guerrilla action from Stallone. Miramax finally picked up the pieces, allowing Sly to film this sequel in Burma, an experience it’s safe to say he didn’t enjoy. The actor described the country as a “hellhole” where he saw “all kinds of land-mine injuries, maggot-infested wounds and ears cut off”.
Lost fish flick Finding Nemo was such a smash back in 2003 that it’s difficult to explain the 13-year wait for this sequel, which finally arrives in 2016. Ellen Degeneres, who voices Dory, has remained tight-lipped about the follow-up since announcing it on her show, when she joked: “Anything is possible if you’re patient and you beg hard enough on national TV.”
We all really want to know what Eric Zoolander has been up to since he learned how to turn left. The sequel’s being filmed now in Rome and Justin Bieber is involved somehow, presumably to hook in the pre-teen audience who were born after the original 2001 film came out. And here we pause so readers may weep for their lost youth…
Basic Instinct 2
In the 14 years between Basic Instinct and Basic Instinct 2, the Sharon Stone-led sequel spent the best part of a decade in development hell. Michael Douglas, after being invited to reprise his role from the original, used his own basic instincts to steer clear. Wise move: the sequel received an utter drubbing from critics and was a box office bomb.
The Incredibles 2
The Incredibles revitalised the superhero genre in 2004 with its thrills, spills and witty asides. Reports suggest the sequel will follow youngest member Jack-Jack, whose ace shape-shifting powers only materialised at the original’s climax. Promisingly, director Brad Bird has said “the greatest special effect is character”, suggesting this won’t be a cash-in.