Movie sequels can be unpredictable; not only are they occasionally terrible, but some may also go into production many years, if not decades later. The good news is that oftentimes these long-awaited movie sequels bring a sense of nostalgia, which undoubtedly gives us a happy feeling inside.
In celebration of procrastination and endless script rewrites, here are the longest movie sequels that Hollywood had the audacity to release once audiences no longer remembered them.
1. Riddick – 9 Years
Vin Diesel returned to the role of Riddick in 2013 with a spinoff that was never that great to begin with. This time around, however, its budget was considerably shorter compared to the previous installment’s estimated $120 million. While Riddick enjoyed moderate success, we were hoping this sequel would be far better to compensate for lost time.
2. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – 9 Years
The 2005 original was captivating and highly creative, and this one allowed us to enjoy the unique visual palette all over again. After 9 years in the making, though, the critics’ biggest complaints were a lack of freshness and overall monotony. Perhaps if the script had been finished sooner, at least the movie wouldn’t have bombed as much due to momentum and overall popularity.
3. Men in Black 3 – 10 Years
In our humble opinion, Men in Black II just didn’t cut it, so we expected something great out of this sequel which took a full 10 years in the making. Men in Black 3 did moderately well, and we applaud it for that; hopefully the next one will take far less time to produce while delivering the same, top-notch experience.
4. The X-Files: I Want to Believe – 10 Years
Though not as big as the 1998 original, this 2008 sequel still managed to represent what the 90s buzz was all about with the franchise. Nevertheless, we’re still wondering why it took Chris Carter so long to satisfy long-time fans, considering the first movie was a definite financial success.
5. Scream 4 – 11 Years
We never thought we’d see a sequel to Scream 3, which came out back when things like, “Wazzuuuuup!” were still so very cool to say. Thankfully, Scream 4 turned out to be a pleasant surprise in our eyes, making the long wait absolutely worth it. The question now is, will there ever be another sequel?
6. Basic Instinct 2 – 14 Years
We can’t help but think of the original and bring up that sexy scene that everyone already knows about, which made the film that much more successful. So, why did Basic Instinct 2 take a full 14 years to hit theaters? We don’t mean to state the obvious here, but Sharon Stone wasn’t exactly getting any younger…
7. Escape from L.A. – 15 Years
Escape from L.A. was a somewhat-worthy sequel to the 1981 original, Escape from New York. The movie did a good job despite some laughable technological uses back then. Unfortunately, the wait disappointed fans so much that the film was a total box office flop, earning the studio roughly half of the movie’s $50 million budget.
8. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – 19 Years
What can we say here? Just look at Harrison Ford then and now, and you’ll get a better sense of precious wasted time. To top it off, this movie was a tremendous disappointment and a poor excuse for a sequel.
9. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – 23 Years
Many young people don’t even realize that this movie is a sequel to a late 1980s film about greed and wits. Yes, that’s how long it took producers to finally revisit this old gem, and rightfully so. Money Never Sleeps went on to earn over $134 million, making it one of the longest movie sequels but also well received by audiences.
10. Tron Legacy – 28 Years
While the original Tron wasn’t exactly a commercial success, fans of the film apparently convinced the studio to give this beloved franchise another try. The result was an exquisite treat for geeks of all ages, plus it had beauties like Olivia Wilde keeping us drooling.
Despite the occasional disappointments, we actually welcome more sequels out of these classic, legendary films. We only ask that they’re released sometime in our lifetime, allowing us to take our partners to theaters instead of our grandkids.