Sequels That Took Too Long

Brooke Anderson, News Editor

We’ve had a good few decades of new, creative movie ideas that made going to the cinema an adventure. Now, however, is the decade of movie sequels. Jurassic World, Superman returns, Dumb and Dumber 2, The Incredibles 2 and Peter Pan: Return to Neverland are just a few examples of sequels that took way too long to come out. The lack of creativity in the film industry is leading to long draw out movie favorites and sequels that were never meant to exist. The original Peter Pan movie came out in 1953 yet Peter Pan: Return to Neverland came out in 2001. That’s a 49 year gap. That is a ridiculously long time to wait for a sequel. Granted, not a lot of people were probably expecting a sequel. Scott Meslow’s article “11 movies with an insanely long gap between sequels” published in The Week, explains why Peter Pan: Return to Neverland came out so long after the original. Scott says that for decades Disney tried to avoid making sequels but after the success of Aladdin sequel The Return of Jafar it “opened the floodgates for a wide range of cheap, poorly conceived cash-ins.” Animations, especially take a long time to come out, but the reason for that is different than live action movies. Animation movies take years to create and are common for there to be a small gap in between movies. Youngzine.org estimates that it takes 3-7 years to make one animated film. That’s why if a production company plans on making a sequel than they will make most of the movie in advance so there isn’t a super long wait for the sequel. Sequels are most likely the result of no new movie ideas. If a production company can’t come up with a new movie idea that will sell, then what better way to get money than to make a sequel of a popular movie? That’s one of the reasons for the long wait between movies and their sequels. When making the first movie the director or producer probably weren’t thinking about a sequel unless it was necessary (like if they based a movie off a book and the book had a sequel then they would worry about a sequel). Movie sequels are just an easier way for the film industry to make money.