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.

1. Superman Returns

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.

2. Escape From L.A.

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!).

3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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?

4. The Godfather Part III

Time Away: 16 Years

Much has been written about the flaws in The Godfather Part III. From the disastrous miscasting of Sofia Coppola to the deadly lack of Robert Duvall. But it's not a terrible movie. It's just unnecessary. The Godfather Part II completed Michael Corleone's character arc and brought his family's saga full circle. Part III was generated not from any real hanging story threads but by a need for all the participants to cash in. Plus, when parts 1 and 2 of a franchise are widely considered the 1st and 2nd best movies ever made, 3 has nowhere to go but down.

5. Blue Brothers 2000

Time Away: 18 years

I've never, and until that restraining order is lifted, will never, witness a high level Hollywood meeting. But I can only imagine the nonsense thinking that went into justifying Jim Belushi, John Goodman, and a ten year old as suitable replacements for the late John Belushi. It's like they couldn't decide which of the three would be the least offensive to the first film's fans (Dear Hollywood: It would have been Goodman), so they threw all three against the wall hoping something would stick. Nothing stuck.

6. Tron Legacy

Time Away: 28 Years

Much like Chief Wiggum, I've never actually seen Tron. But my fellow online nerds were disappointed, and I've never known them to complain needlessly, so I'll take them at their word. On the other hand, every movie I've seen featuring a bearded Jeff Bridges has been of high quality. That's hard evidence to argue with.

7. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Time Away: 16 Years

The mother of all film franchise disappointments, The Phantom Menace broke a lot of hearts when it finally hit theaters in 1999. The reasons it failed critically have been documented. Suffice to say: George Lucas had complete creative control, and it turned out that wasn't a good thing after all. Still it made more money than all the other films on this list combined, so what do I know?

8. Larry Crowne

Time Away: 17 Years

My editor insists that Larry Crown was not, in fact, as sequel to 1994's classic, Forrest Gump. I'm certain he's wrong. While watching the film, I felt uncanny deja vu: Tom Hanks playing a retard, an HIV-positive skank hovering around him, people in the theater weeping uncontrollably. At the very least it's a thematic sequel.

9. Life During Wartime

Time Away: 11 years

When I read that Todd Smoltz was making a sequel to his dark masterpiece Happiness, I was instantly excited. Then I remembered the plot of Happiness, and how depressed it made me, my friends, and anyone in a 30 mile radius of where it was being watched. Why continue such a miserable (if sadly funny) storyline? And why recast all the major characters (in some cases changing races and ages) when all the previous cast members are still available? Artsy directors are weird.

Honorable Mentions

Some film franchises lie dormant for years and still deliver a worthy sequel. The Color of Money, Rocky Balboa, and Rambo all delivered the goods after decades away (in the case of the later two, there was nowhere to go but up). And of course there is the superb Dawn of the Dead, which arrived 10 years after Night of the Living Dead. So perhaps Blade Runner 2 and Ghostbusters 3 will work after all! OK, probably not.