20 or More Years Between Films

With most outlets predicting a soft opening weekend, it would appear that Disney’s $200 million-plus budget TRON: Legacy could fall into the financial failure category – though any verdict should be withheld until the film has run its theatrical course. That being said, besides Oliver Stone’s near quarter of a century delay between Wall Street films, there is only one movie that waited almost half a century to release a sequel and there are very few people who truly liked it (and the ones that do probably haven’t watched it in a long time).

After watching Return to Oz (also a Disney film, coincidentally) the only thing fans of the original Wizard of Oz wanted to do was tap their heels together and get out of the theater.

Original FilmSequelYears
Wall Street (1987)Wall Street 2 (2010)23
Tron (1982)TRON: Legacy (2010)28
The Wizard of Oz (1939)Return to Oz (1985)46

Hollywood doesn’t seem to notice the “delay-between-films = failure” formula or perhaps they don’t care – because there are a slew of other “belated sequels” due out in the next few years:

Original FilmSequelYears
Scream 3 (2000)Scream 4 (2011)11
Independence Day (1996)Independence Day 2 (2013)17
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 2 (2012)24
Top Gun (1986)Top Gun 2 (2012)26
The Thing (1982)The Thing 2 (2011)29

Despite The Thing 2 looking pretty good so far, we can’t really pass judgement on the above mentioned films yet. With the recent news of The Weinstein Company planning to make sequels to the films Swingers (1996), Rounders (1998), Shakespeare in Love (1998), and Spy Kids (2003), it’s hard not to feel as if these films have passed their sequel expiration date – and have the potential to fail at the box office.

Do you think waiting years to release a sequel for a film ultimately hurts its chances with audiences or is it something else?

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