Nerds everywhere suffered heart palpitations earlier this month when director Ridley Scott announced his plans to make a sequel to the 1982 classic, Blade Runner. Along with this week’s announcement by Dan Aykroyd that Ghostbusters 3 is a lock, you would think 2013 would be set as a banner year for genre fans. History has shown, however, that too much time away from a franchise can cause as many problems as rushing a half-baked sequel out of the gate. Here are nine disappointing sequels that stayed in the oven way too long…with disastrous results.
Time Away: 19 Years
This 2006 sequel was meant to return the original superhero franchise to greatness-instead in buried the series so dee the Man of Steel requires a total restart, due in 2013. What went wrong? The first film made you believe a man could fly, the second upped the ante with a superhuman fistfight…and in Superman Returns? Superman saved a plane. And stopped a bank robbery, I think. Too much talk, an unneeded super-kid and yet another appearance by Lex Luthor sunk this promising film at the script stage.
Time Away: 15 Years
John Carpenter‘s 1996 sequel to his urban classic isn’t really a bad movie. The problem is that most fans had seen it already in 1981…when it was called Escape From New York. Story, side characters, jokes and even the climax are all recycled beat for beat from the original. Fans were ready to see a new Snake Plissken adventure, they just didn’t want to pay to see the same adventure they already owned on VHS (It was the 90’s, don’t judge me!).
Time Away: 19 Years
Harrison Ford teased a fourth Indiana Jones outing for years…and he should have kept teasing, because what we got were aliens and Shia Labeouf. The film starts out well enough, but suffers from a weak antagonist, the bizarre use of aliens instead of the mystical, and a second half that moves slower than Willie Scott in a death trap (I’m not proud of that line). But it does bring back Karen Allen, and who isn’t cheered up when Karen Allen is around?