For some, having patience can be very difficult. Being on hold while on the phone for an hour can be incredibly frustrating. Waiting in line for the bathroom can drive a person up the wall. Sitting in traffic for more than two hours can be painful. But having to wait more than five years for a sequel to one’s most favourite movie is possibly the worst thing in the world. Well, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but it’s still been a long time coming for sequels that fans have been dreaming of for years, and in some cases, decades. Sequels are a tricky thing, most critics and observers might agree that a sequel rarely lives up to the first. However, films like The Godfather Part II and Aliens prove there are exceptions to the rule. For the films on this list, the anticipation and expectations have grown so big, that some fans might be horribly disappointed no matter what, while others couldn’t be happier to see their favorite characters at it again. Some of these sequels have been rumored or in development hell for a very long time. It is very possible that some of the release dates for these films could be pushed back. Here is a look at 9 upcoming sequels that fans have been waiting a long time for.
9) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – 10 Years, 80 Days since The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was an animated film that followed SpongeBob and Patrick having to find King Neptune’s crown, in order to save Mr.Krabs’ life and Bikini Bottom. The film was based on the TV show and did very well. It was released on November 19, 2004. The sequel, which is going to be a 3D live action/animated film, is scheduled to be released on February 16, 2015.
8) Finding Dory – 13 Years, 20 Days since Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo was an animated film that followed a clownfish, Martin, voiced by Albert Brooks and a regal tang, Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, is search of Martin’s son, Nemo. The film was a tremendous success and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The film was released May 30, 2003. The highly anticipated sequel, Finding Dory, will be released June 17, 2016. The plot takes place one year after the events in the first film and will follow Dory and Martin searching for Dory’s long lost family.
7) Jurassic World – 13 Years, 329 Days since Jurassic Park III
Jurassic Park is a science fiction adventure series that revolves around a theme park in which the main attractions are cloned dinosaurs, who eventually try to destroy everything in its path. The series is tremendously popular and the first film was a massive success. At the time, Jurassic Park (released in 1993) was the highest grossing film. Jurassic Park III was released June 18, 2001. The sequel has reportedly been in developmental hell for a decade. Jurassic World is scheduled for a June 12, 2015 release date.
6) Phantasm V: Ravager – 15 Years, 359 Days since Phantasm IV: Oblivion
Phantasm is a cult horror film released in 1979. The plot revolved around two brothers, Mike and Jody Pearson, and their friend Reggie, as they battle with a supernatural undertaker, The Tall Man. The film is considered to be a classic horror film and an influence on future films and styles. Three sequels followed, with the last two being direct to video releases. Phantasm IV: Oblivion was released October 13, 1998. Phantasm V: Ravager is expected to be released on October 7, 2014.
5) Dumb and Dumber To – 19 Years, 333 + Days since Dumb and Dumber
Dumb and Dumber is a cult comedy film about two sweet and good hearted best friends, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, who are not the brightest guys in the world. They go on a road trip to return a briefcase full of money to its owner. It was released on December 16, 1994, and the sequel will be released November 14, 2014. The sequel will revolve around the two best friends searching for Harry’s long lost daughter. Both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels will be returning to star in the film.
4) ID Forever Part 1 – 19 Years, 365 Days since Independence Day
Independence Day was a science fiction film about a group of humans fighting off an alien invasion on July 4. The film starred Will Smith and was a massive success at the time. It is currently the 43rd highest grossing film of all time. The first film was released on July 3, 1996. The sequel is currently slated for a July 1, 2016 release date. The plot for the sequel will take place 20 years after the events of the first film. After finally receiving a distress call from the original alien invasion, reinforcements arrive on Earth to destroy the humans. Will Smith is currently not reprising his role because he demanded $50 Million to appear in both sequels and producers felt that he is “too expensive.” Both Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will be returning. They are also working on ID Forever Part 2 which will be shot back to back with ID Forever Part 1.
3) Beverly Hills Cop 4 – 21 Years, 305 Days since Beverly Hills Cop III
The Beverly Hills Cops series revolved around a street-smart, wise-cracking detective, Axel Foley played by Eddie Murphy. Foley is from the mean streets of Detroit and finds himself in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, trying to solve murder cases. The last film was released on May 25, 1994. Since then, the sequel has been in developmental hell and could possibly still be. The sequel is projected for a March 25, 2016 release date. Eddie Murphy has openly admitted to not liking the third film and wants to make a fourth to make up for it. Several directors and writers have attempted to get the film off the ground but have had a very difficult time in doing so. At one point, Eddie Murphy produced a TV series that would have revolved around Axel’s son. However, CBS passed on the series. The fourth film is currently in the works. It will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Brett Ratner and star Eddie Murphy.
2) Mad Max: Fury Road – 29 Years, 309 Days since Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
The Mad Max Franchise was a series of post-apocalyptic action movies from the early 80’s that starred Mel Gibson. The third film, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, was released July 10, 1985. The sequel, Mad Max: Fury Road is scheduled to be released May 15, 2015. The sequel has been in development hell for nearly 30 years. Mel Gibson will not be reprising his role as Max Rockatansky and will be replaced by Tom Hardy.
1) Stars Wars Episode VII – 32 Years, 207 Days since Return of the Jedi
It was a very, very long time ago in a galaxy far, far away that a Jedi Knight…er… a filmmaker named George Lucas released the last film in one of the most successful trilogies of all time, Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi. The movie was a critical and commercial success that was released May 25, 1983. Star Wars Episode VII is currently scheduled for a December 18, 2015 release date. It’s been three decades since the last film in the original trilogy. To tie fans over, George Lucas released a prequel trilogy in the late 90’s/early 2000’s that chronicled a young Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker, and his turn to the dark side to become Darth Vader. However, fans couldn’t help but wonder what happened to Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leila and most importantly, the Ewoks. In October of 2012, Walt Disney Studios purchased Lucasfilms Ltd and in the process, received the rights to the Star Wars franchise. Walt Disney decided to release a third trilogy in the franchise. Episode VII will be directed by J.J Abrams and will take place 30 years after the events in Return of the Jedi. George Lucas serves as a story consultant. The film will see the returns of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, reprising their roles but will also introduce a new cast of relatively unknown actors. The casting of unknowns is similar to the approach that George Lucas took with the first film. The studio is also moving forward with Episode VIII and Episode IX.