Some movies are so iconic that they are considered timeless by their fans. They may flop at their release but form such a following in the coming years that it becomes hard to ignore the phenomenon they create. This is the reason why we have a list of 10 sequels that came out 20 years late, or even later than that after the first film of the franchise.
The Color of Money
Tom Cruise featured as the protege of Fast Eddie in this 1986 sequel to The Hustler. The movie was about a pair of hustlers who move from one snooker club to another in hopes of making enough money to get through the day. No one can pull off the vibe of the movie much like Scorsese. We are glad to see a sequel even if it came out 25 years after the original.
Top Gun: Maverick
The next installment in the Top Gun (1986) franchise is set to release next year as part of the post-pandemic lineup. We think that Tom Cruise has autonomy on what projects he chooses to do. The next movie is titled Top Gun: Maverick and it is expected to be just as explosive as the first one. We do hope that Maverick takes more of a mentorship role in this one though.
T2: Trainspotting (2017)
After the original Trainspotting in 1996, Danny Boyle came out with the sequel to the movie titled T2: Trainspotting almost 21 years after the original one. The director changed up the tone of the movie significantly but that may have been for the better since the ending makes you feel a lot better than the last installment. Not many sequels register with such a drastic shift in tone but it works like a charm here, somehow.
Blade Runner 2049
The Blade Runner (1982) movie found itself a cult following in the years after its release. The original run of the movie was marked with losses for the studio. But they expected the sequel to be different since it was coming out 35 years after the original. All the hopes from the movie came true for the fans but the studio suffered losses even from the sequel, which was troubling, to say the least. We don’t expect there to be a third installment.
Tron: Legacy (2010)
The original Tron (1982) was somewhat of a phenomenon when it first came out. It changed the perception of what was possible with CGI. Then we finally received a sequel to the series in 2010’s Tron: Legacy. Although highly anticipated people expected the movie to not meet the expectations of the fans. And yet the movie far exceeded them, both in terms of character development and graphical design. This stellar sequel has paved the way for a third installment sometime in the future.
Coming 2 America
Eddie Murphy is a beloved comedian and has given us a lot of classics. One of such characters is King Akeem from the movie Coming To America (1988). Murphy decided to make a sequel for the movie after 30 years and this resulted in a lot of positive reception for the return of the comedian to the silver screen. We expect to see a lot of sequels of his old movies in the coming days.
Dumb and Dumber To
There are not many classic Slapstick comedies much like Dumb and Dumber (1994). Similarly, there are not many failed sequels like Dumb and Dumber To. Ironically, the reason for the original’s success and the sequel’s failure is that they were 20 years apart and yet used the same brand of vulgar jokes. There is a lesson in there about growing with your audience but it escapes us right now.
Stanley Kubrick has given us some of the most iconic stories in the horror genre. The Shining (1980) was made into a fantastic movie and we could have expected nothing less from the memorable portrayal by the actors. Doctor Sleep is a direct sequel based on Kubrik’s novel of the same name and it follows a grown-up Danny revisiting the ghost-infested overlook hotel. Quite a chilling watch if we are being honest.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road is a very interesting entry to the list. Partly because we rejoin Max on his adventure almost 30 years after Thunderdome (1980) in real life and yet in the movie universe almost no time has passed at all. The third installment in the Mad Max series did the unexpected as it delivered the exact tome of its predecessors and improved upon it as best it could. This was a welcome surprise.
Bill And Ted Face the Music
The original Bill and Ted movies were surreal slapstick comedies. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey came out in 1991. They were profound in their own way and were almost Unapologetically funny. After 30 years of waiting (and the studio realizing how famous Keanu Reeves was), we finally got another installment in the series. Bill and Ted Face The Music certainly did capture the essence of the original, a bit hard not to do when you have Keanu on your side.