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10 Movies With The Longest Gap Before A Sequel

Aileen Zaera

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In cinema, great films have left audiences wanting to see more. Often there are no plans for a sequel. Then fan popularity and trends change so and studios can decide to release a sequel for these movies many years later with a big gap in between. These are some of the movies with the longest gap before a sequel that has reached the public.

10. Incredibles 2 (2018)

13 years, 184 days between theatrical releases

Movies like The Incredibles or Toy Story had the fans waiting for a sequel for many years.

If a Pixar movie deserved a sequel, it was The Incredibles, released in 2004. The animated movie about a family of superheroes was still a favourite, and fans were dying for a sequel. Nearly 14 years later, it was finally released.

Even though there was a huge gap between the films, the sequel picked up right where the last left off. With the Park family ending their battle with the Underminer and then on to a new adventure. This movie was as well-received as the first, so the wait was worth it.

9. Jurassic World (2015)

13 years, 326 days between theatrical releases

The Jurassic World movie had probably the best hook for any sequel on this list “What if they really did open Jurassic Park”? With that simple premise, Jurassic World was made. Everyone knew it was going to be a hit. But no one knew how monstrous it was going to be at the box office.

It broke all kinds of records in its opening weekend, becoming the first movie to gross $500 million in a single weekend. Then it became the third highest-grossing movie. This was impressive, especially since interest in the franchise seemed to have died out years ago, with the release of Jurassic Park 3. The latter, while was a commercial success, was not as well-received as the previous two films.

The long wait between the third and fourth instalments benefited the film as a whole. It allowed audiences to miss out on all the killing of the dinosaurs and let them make a more believable and intriguing sequel. If you’re a big fan, don’t worry, as Jurassic World: Dominion is scheduled for a 2022 release.

8. 2013: rescue in L.A. (1996)

15 Years, 78 days between theatrical releases

Fifteen years after 1997: Rescue in New York, Snake Plissken, played by Kurt Russell, returns to another island. This time Los Angeles, isolated by sea due to a gigantic earthquake, to free this time not the president of the United States, but his daughter.

John Carpenter has confessed, it was Russell who most insisted that the film go ahead since Plissken is one of his favourite characters. Despite everything, it was a total failure at the box office. This is no surprise since many critics have commented that this is one of the worst films for the director.

7. Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

20 years, 341 days between theatrical releases

Comedy sequels are one of the hardest to do. If you have a blockbuster comedy, there’s a need to do another, but it isn’t easy to come up with a fresh idea full of the same energy as the first.

You can give the public different versions of the same jokes that worked the first time, but you run the risk of failure as the original jokes were better. Or you can go in a different direction than the original. But, there is a chance that you will miss out on what made the first movie work, and this is how the fun is lost.

Sometimes comedy sequels work, but other times they get results like Dumb and Dumber To. This is the sequel to one of the most popular comedies of all time that came out 20 years after the original. This movie reunited Jim Carry and Jeff Daniels again, but critics weren’t impressed with it. It gets just 30% on Rotten Tomatoes and a less-than-stellar box office, so it’s clear this was a sequel that, for many, wasn’t necessary.

6. Psycho II (1983)

22 years, 352 days between theatrical releases

23 years separate Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho from its sequel, also starring Anthony Perkins. With a script by Tom Holland, the film recognized for the suspense films, Fright Night I and II and Fatal Beauty, was a success in the USA. It raised over $34 million, and a movie was made with just $5 million in budget.

This sequel does not have much relation to the novel Psycho 2, written by Robert Bloch, which inspired Hitchcock. In the book, Bloch made a satire of Hollywood slasher movies. Here Bates escaped from the mental hospital to go to L.A. to stop the production of a movie based on his life. So Universal decided to make his own version by hiring Holland as a screenwriter.

At first, Perkins refused to play Norman Bates again. But when he learned that the person who was going to take his place was Christopher Walken, he immediately agreed.

5. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

29 years, 309 days between theatrical releases

This movie is a sequel to the classic Mad Max franchise from the 70s and 80s, but was it worth the 35 years of waiting? Let’s look at it like this, watching this film is like walking through the gates of Valhalla, and many would say that this is just the standard concept.

Although the box office was not that big for the film, it was a critical favourite with just less than $400 million worldwide. On Rotten Tomatoes, it scored 97%. Besides, it received ten Oscar nominations, including the best film and best director categories.

Even though Mel Gibson didn’t appear in this instalment, Tom Hardy takes over, we get to still see George Miller at the steering wheel. The final product exudes creativity, style, and glamour. In this sequel, Miller turned Mad Max into a supporting character. The movie focuses on Charlize Theron. It has even been suggested that she may have her own spin-off. So, even though this film took 35 years to make, it’s very likely that you won’t have to wait another thirty years to see this character again.

4. Coming 2 America (2021)

33 years, 174 days between theatrical releases

After 33 years, a sequel to one of Eddie Murphy’s best-known comedies, Coming 2 America, was released. Here you can see an Akeem, now as a King with the love of his life and with three daughters. In this film, there are many flashbacks of situations from the original production that they have not mentioned before. For instance, one scene where they show how the now-King Akeem had ‘relations’ with a woman while he was under the influence.

Since people knew that there would be a continuation of this 80s film, everyone wanted to know what happens to the young prince who sought his own path. The first part of this story was directed by John Landis, with a story by Eddie Murphy and scripted by David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein. Sheffield and Blaustein repeated as screenwriters, with Kenya Barris. She is the creator of series such as Black-ish and Grown-ish.

The direction of this sequel is the responsibility of Craig Brewer, who directed Dolemite Is My Name. The latter is a film in which Eddie Murphy also participated recently.

Critical opinion was not very positive. Many felt that this sequel is nothing more than an attempt at a script written at the last minute to fulfil a commitment. Coming 2 America is a work that tries to recall past glory by rescuing characters that were once key to rhythm and humour. We see the famous barbers or the decadent preacher from the first part, but they are no longer funny. All the secondary ones are relegated to a nostalgic function, without the grace for which they are remembered. Unfortunately, it is a failed attempt.

3. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

35 years, 103 days between theatrical releases

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was released in 1982 and is considered one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. Although Scott did not return as a director for the sequel, the franchise was put in the hands of Denis Villeneuve. Villeneuve is proving to be one of the best directors today.

Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard, but this time, it is a supporting role. Ryan Gosling took on the role of K, a Blade Runner who questions everything around him. The 35-year wait was worth it, as the gap between the films helped to see how different the world had become since the first Blade Runner. While it didn’t answer the age-old question of whether Deckard was a replicant or not, it was still a beautiful drama to watch.

Although it lasted almost three hours and the box office was not that great considering its original budget, the film became a huge success. It had five Academy nominations and won two of them, Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography.

2. The Jungle Book 2 (2003)

35 years, 110 days between theatrical releases

This animated film, aimed primarily at children, came 36 years after Mowgli and Baloo’s first adventure from 1967. Originally Disney had the idea to release this sequel only for home video. In the end was released in theatres, topping a staggering $135 million worldwide. Yet, the critics did not see the magic of the first instalment.

1. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

54 years, 120 days between theatrical releases

The return of Mary Poppins holds the record for the longest sequel gap for live-action films. The sequel of this film released 54 years after the original. The first is a classic that garnered 13 Oscar nominations and 5 won, so it would be hard for any sequel to top that.

Despite Mary Poppins Returns being a moderate success. It garnered four Oscar nominations and a $350 million box office. The wait was worth it? Yes, and No. Although Julie Andrews did not take part in this film, we did get to see 91-year-old Dick Van Dyke dancing on a table. This lead many to think that it was worth the wait all this time.

Better late than never

Although sometimes decades have passed before we can enjoy the sequel to a movie that marked a part of our lives. On many occasions, the wait pays off but it can be a mixed bag. In any case, it is always an excellent detail to be able to enjoy a version current with the new adventures of our favourite characters.


That’s our list of 10 movies with the biggest gap before a sequel. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out our list of Disney movies scheduled for release this year HERE.

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The 9 Greatest Spoof Movies Ever

Aaron Phillips

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There have been so many great spoof movies over the past four decades. So, sit back and buckle up as we countdown the nine greatest spoof movies of all time. And “don’t call me Shirley”.

9. Team America: World Police

Ok, so it’s all-puppet action as opposed to real-life actors, but it’s still up there. Written by the guys behind South Park, it parodies an American counter-terrorism force as they take on global terrorists. As you would expect, there are some cracking scenes throughout the movie. Kim Jong-il singing about being “so roney, so roney” is a highlight that isn’t easily forgotten. You also have to feel sorry for poor old Matt Damon. Although he’s had a glittering film career it’s still hard not to say “Matt Damon” in that monotone way every time you see him on screen. According to writers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Damon’s puppet looked so vacant that they decided to make his character only able to say his name. Poor Matt. Add in some fantastic one-liners, over-the-top violence and sex scenes with puppets, you have a great film that will make you laugh, and cringe.

8. Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks is the king of spoof and parody. He’s directed and written many a great spoof over the years, but Blazing Saddles was only his third movie in the director’s chair. This 1974 offering takes the proverbial from all the great western movies from the 40s and 50s. The film throws joke after joke at you, along with anachronisms aplenty. Lead actors Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little also deliver comedic gold performances that help make this film great. Brooks also does a clever job of dealing with racism throughout the movie; something that hadn’t really been done before. One of those moments is where Wilder and Little confront two Klan characters, before stealing their white gowns. Clever, and poignant. It’s also interesting to note that execs wanted to pull the plug before release, but soon realised they got it wrong. It was a financial success and has firmly sealed its place in history as an iconic piece of filmmaking. Not only that, but it’s also still rated very highly on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb today. Just goes to show that a classic stands the test of time.

7. Spaceballs

Yep, our old friend Mel Brooks features again in the director’s chair. This time he delves into the world of sci-fi; more specifically, Star Wars. Although it only made a small profit at the time, it’s gone on to become a cult classic and holds a fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The key to its success is it’s genuinely funny. The jokes are good enough to make you belly laugh. And the characters are so close to those on Star Wars, it’s amazing George Lucas gave his blessing for it to be made at all. He even went a step further and sent Mel Brooks a note to say he almost fell apart laughing through it. Praise indeed. Brooks’ other golden touch was casting Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet. I think you’ll struggle to find a funnier bad guy. There are also rumours of a sequel, predicted in the film itself as ‘The search for more Money’, although nothing has been greenlit at the moment. We live in hope.

6. Scary Movie

Ok, so there have been five films in the Scary Movie franchise but the first one from 2000 makes our list of spoof movies. Written by Shawn and Marlon Wayans and directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans, it’s definitely a family affair. Although later films parody a wide range of films, this one heavily relies on Scream, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. This works in the film’s favour as you don’t spend the entire movie wondering what film they’re parodying for each joke. You know that Ghostface from Scream is going to feature a lot. And he does. The scene where he gets stoned with a bunch of guys and prank calls people is still funny today. The later films just feel like a collection of forced jokes as they ran out of horror movies to parody. Although it received mixed reviews, it made a monumental profit at the box office.

5. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad

No spoof movies list would be complete without at least one that features the brilliant Leslie Nielson. The Naked Gun, released in 1988, was based on the short-lived TV series from 1982. Created by the legend of deadpan comedy David Zucker, it follows Lt Frank Drebin on his escapades. The original Police Squad series was a spoof of 60s police dramas; particularly M Squad, and The Naked Gun follows the same theme. Plus, it ends with one of the best death scenes in film history with Nielson waving his arms and calmly addressing the crowd with “nothing to see here”. With superb writing and acting, The Naked Gun was released to critical acclaim. It also made a healthy profit at the box office and is often listed as one the greatest comedy films ever made.

4. Hot Shots!

Released in 1991 and directed by Jim Abrahams, Hot Shots! keeps things simple by purely being a spoof of Top Gun. And a very good one it is too. Not only is the writing funny and sharp, but it also has a fantastic cast. Playing the lead roles are Charlie Sheen and Cary Elwes as the two feuding pilots. Both actors are masters of comedic timing and they deliver their lines with razorlike sharpness. The plot revolves around a mission to Iraq, with the added love triangle involving Sheen and Elwes’ characters and a female therapist. This sub-plot lends itself to some genuinely hilarious scenes between the two actors. Credit also has to go to the fantastic Lloyd Bridges. He plays a commander who seems to have had every part of his body replaced due to it being blown off in various battles. His lines in the movie are comedy gold. A great film that hits all its spoof targets with absolute aplomb.

3. Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Written and performed by legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python, Life of Brian had a controversial start. Being a satire of Jesus’ life was always going to cause some angst among some religious communities. In fact, some countries including Ireland and Norway banned it from being shown on release. In some cases that ban the latest decades. Life of Brian is often quoted as one of the greatest comedy films ever made. The writing is as good as you would expect from the Monty Python crew, and the jokes keep coming all the way through. Who can forget the immortal line, “he’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy”. It made a modest box office profit at release but has gone on to earn iconic status. Rotten Tomatoes have it as a 95% certified fresh rating and it’s still raved about today.

2. This is Spinal Tap

This is the film that kicked off a new genre of filmmaking – the mockumentary. Parodying band biopics from the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, it follows fictional band Spinal Tap on their debut American tour. If you’ve ever played in a band – as I do – so much of what’s in this film is true. I can personally attest to getting lost in venues and playing shows where no one turns up. Director Rob Reiner was sending up the pretensions of rock and roll bands and he nailed it. What’s also interesting is the majority of the dialogue throughout the film is improvised. Credit to the actors for pulling off some truly iconic lines. Whether it’s the Stonehenge scene or the legendary amp up to eleven scene, this film has embedded itself in our culture forever. It was only a modest success when it was first released, but its impact has left a lasting impression.

1. Airplane!

Well, we’ve flown; shot and rode our way to number one on our list of spoof movies. Once again, we arrive at a film directed by the dream team of the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams. Loosely based on air disaster movies of the 50s and 60s, it follows a plane whose crew are taken out with a sickness bug. Cue disgraced former pilot Ted Striker to save the day. Released in 1980, this was the film that set Leslie Nielson on the path of spoof comedy. He only has a fairly minor role as the doctor, but he delivers some of the best lines in the movie. ‘I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley’, is iconic. Lloyd Bridges also features as the man on the ground at air traffic control and turns in a chaotic but brilliant performance. Upon release, it made a whopping $168 million dollars at the box office and received critical acclaim. It’s also certified fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, along with ranking as one of the best on IMDb. It’s one of those films that make you cry with laughter thanks to clever writing and some fantastic performances. A timeless classic.


That’s our list of the nine greatest spoof movies. Did we miss any? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.


Read about movie remakes that should never have happened HERE.

Read IMDb information about Airplane! HERE.

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