List of the longest gaps between film sequels

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This page is a list of the longest gaps between film sequels. Only sequels with a gap between films of more than 10 years are included. Remakes are not included on this list. The sequels which have not yet been released (even if date announced) have not been added.

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      Theatrical release       Direct-to-video release       Television film or miniseries

Predecessor's title Release date Sequel's title Release date Time lapsed Language
Bambi August 13, 1942 Bambi II February 7, 2006 63 years, 178 days English
Fantasia November 13, 1940 Fantasia 2000 December 31, 1999 59 years, 48 days English
Cinderella March 4, 1950 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True February 23, 2002 51 years, 356 days English
Peter Pan February 5, 1953 Return to Never Land February 15, 2002 49 years, 10 days English
Lady and the Tramp June 22, 1955 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure February 27, 2001 45 years, 250 days English
The Nutty Professor June 4, 1963 The Nutty Professor[a] November 25, 2008 45 years, 174 days English
One Hundred and One Dalmatians January 25, 1961 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure January 21, 2003 41 years, 361 days English
This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse March 13, 1967 Embodiment of Evil August 8, 2008 41 years, 148 days[1] Portuguese
The X from Outer Space March 25, 1967 The Monster X Strikes Back/Attack the G8 Summit July 5, 2008 41 years, 102 days Japanese
Belle de Jour May 24, 1967 Belle Toujours September 8, 2006 39 years, 107 days French, Spanish
Blood Feast July 6, 1963 Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat March 31, 2002 38 years, 268 days English
The Wicker Man December 1, 1973 The Wicker Tree July 19, 2011 37 years, 222 days English
The Jungle Book October 18, 1967 The Jungle Book 2 February 14, 2003 35 years, 119 days English
The War of the Worlds August 26, 1953 War of the Worlds October 10, 1988 35 years, 45 days English
The Maltese Falcon October 3, 1941 The Black Bird December 25, 1975 34 years, 83 days English
National Velvet December 14, 1944 International Velvet July 19, 1978 33 years, 217 days English
The Naked Civil Servant December 17, 1975 An Englishman in New York April 27, 2009 33 years, 145 days English
The Irony of Fate January 1, 1976 The Irony of Fate 2 December 21, 2007 31 years, 354 days Russian
The Birds March 28, 1963 The Birds II: Land's End March 14, 1994 30 years, 351 days English
Scenes from a Marriage April 11, 1973 Saraband December 1, 2003 30 years, 234 days[2] Swedish
Charlotte's Web March 1, 1973 Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure March 18, 2003 30 years, 17 days English
The Odd Couple May 2, 1968 The Odd Couple II April 10, 1998 29 years, 343 days English
Lawrence of Arabia December 10, 1962 A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia May 8, 1992 29 years, 150 days Arabic, Turkish,
English
John Carpenter's The Thing June 25, 1982 The Thing (prequel) October 14, 2011 29 years, 111 days English, Norwegian
A Christmas Story November 18, 1983 A Christmas Story 2 October 30, 2012 28 years, 347 days English
Tron July 9, 1982 Tron: Legacy December 17, 2010 28 years, 162 days English
To Sir, with Love October 29, 1967 To Sir, with Love II April 7, 1996 28 years, 161 days English
The Sword and the Sorcerer April 23, 1982 Tales of an Ancient Empire July 31, 2010 28 years, 99 days English
Inferno February 7, 1980 The Mother of Tears October 24, 2007 27 years, 259 days English
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse April 21, 1933 The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse September 14, 1960 27 years, 146 days German, French
Billion Dollar Brain December 20, 1967 Bullet to Beijing April 27, 1995 27 years, 102 days English
Shaft in Africa June 14, 1973 Shaft June 16, 2000 27 years, 2 days English
Deadly Prey November 2, 1987 Deadliest Prey November 1, 2013 25 years, 364 days English
The Fox and the Hound July 10, 1981 The Fox and the Hound 2 December 12, 2006 25 years, 155 days English
The Great Escape July 4, 1963 The Great Escape II: The Untold Story November 6, 1988 25 years, 125 days English
WarGames June 3, 1983 WarGames: The Dead Code July 29, 2008 25 years, 56 days English
Slap Shot February 25, 1977 Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice March 26, 2002 25 years, 29 days English
Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti November 30, 1960 Big Deal After 20 Years December 25, 1985 25 years, 25 days Italian
The Hustler September 25, 1961 The Color of Money October 17, 1986 25 years, 22 days English
Sleepaway Camp November 18, 1983 Return to Sleepaway Camp November 4, 2008 24 years, 352 days English
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis August 14, 1953 Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis? May 10, 1977 23 years, 269 days English
Bachelor Party June 29, 1984 Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation March 11, 2008 23 years, 256 days English
Psycho June 16, 1960 Psycho II June 3, 1983 22 years, 352 days English
Wall Street December 11, 1987 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps September 24, 2010 22 years, 287 days English
Aashiqui August 17, 1990 Aashiqui 2[b] April 26, 2013 22 years, 252 days Hindi
Carrie November 3, 1976 The Rage: Carrie 2 March 12, 1999 22 years, 129 days English
Armour of God II: Operation Condor February 7, 1991 Chinese Zodiac December 12, 2012 21 years, 309 days Cantonese
Django April 6, 1966 Django 2: Il Grande Ritorno December 3, 1987 21 years, 241 days Italian
The Freshman September 20, 1925 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock April 4, 1947 21 years, 196 days English
The Lost Boys July 31, 1987 Lost Boys: The Tribe July 29, 2008 20 years, 364 days English
Hobgoblins July 14, 1988 Hobgoblins 2 June 23, 2009 20 years, 344 days English
Day of the Dead July 19, 1985 Day of the Dead 2: Contagium October 18, 2005 20 years, 91 days English
Manichitrathazhu December 25, 1993 Geethaanjali November 14, 2013 19 years, 336 days Malayalam
Day of the Dead July 19, 1985 Land of the Dead June 24, 2005 19 years, 340 days English
A Man and a Woman July 12, 1966 A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later May 13, 1986 19 years, 305 days French
Rambo III May 25, 1988 Rambo January 25, 2008 19 years, 245 days English
Heavy Metal August 7, 1981 Heavy Metal 2000 October 17, 2000 19 years, 71 days English
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade May 24, 1989 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull May 22, 2008 18 years, 364 days English
Creepshow 2 May 1, 1987 Creepshow III April 26, 2006 18 years, 360 days English
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace July 24, 1987 Superman Returns June 28, 2006 18 years, 339 days English
Class of Nuke 'Em High 3: The Good, the Bad and the Subhumanoid October 20, 1994 Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol.1 May 16, 2013 18 years, 208 days English
Demonic Toys March 12, 1992 Demonic Toys 2 January 26, 2010 17 years, 320 days English
The Last Picture Show October 22, 1971 Texasville September 28, 1990 18 years, 341 days English
Firestarter May 11, 1984 Firestarter: Rekindled March 10, 2002 17 years, 303 days English
The Dirty Dozen June 15, 1967 The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission February 4, 1985 17 years, 234 days English
The Blues Brothers June 20, 1980 Blues Brothers 2000 February 6, 1998 17 years, 231 days English
Barfly September 30, 1987 Factotum April 29, 2005 17 years, 211 days English
The Guns of Navarone June 22, 1961 Force 10 from Navarone December 8, 1978 17 years, 169 days English
Herbie Goes Bananas June 25, 1980 The Love Bug November 30, 1997 17 years, 158 days English
The Hitcher February 21, 1986 The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting July 15, 2003 17 years, 144 days English
The Decline of the American Empire June 19, 1986 The Barbarian Invasions September 24, 2003 17 years, 97 days French
Road House May 19, 1989 Road House 2: Last Call July 18, 2006 17 years, 60 days English,
Portuguese
Benji the Hunted June 17, 1987 Benji: Off the Leash! March 26, 2004 16 years, 283 days English
2001: A Space Odyssey April 6, 1968 2010: The Year We Make Contact December 7, 1984 16 years, 245 days English
Dirty Dancing August 21, 1987 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights February 27, 2004 16 years, 190 days English
The Secret of NIMH July 2, 1982 The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue December 22, 1998 16 years, 173 days English
Patton April 2, 1970 The Last Days of Patton September 14, 1986 16 years, 165 days English
An American Werewolf in London August 21, 1981 An American Werewolf in Paris December 25, 1997 16 years, 126 days English
Chinatown June 20, 1974 The Two Jakes August 10, 1990 16 years, 51 days English
Rocky V November 16, 1990 Rocky Balboa December 20, 2006 16 years, 34 days English
The Godfather Part II December 12, 1974 The Godfather Part III December 14, 1990 16 years, 2 days English
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi May 25, 1983 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (prequel) May 19, 1999 15 years, 359 days English
Escape from New York July 10, 1981 Escape from L.A. August 9, 1996 15 years, 30 days English
Kilukkam August 15, 1991 Kilukkam Kilukilukkam May 3, 2006 14 years, 261 days Malayalam
Flesh Gordon July 30, 1974 Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders January 30, 1989 14 years, 184 days English
Powaqqatsi April 29, 1988 Naqoyqatsi October 18, 2002 14 years, 172 days -
Jagratha September 7, 1989 Sethurama Iyer CBI January 23, 2004 14 years, 138 days Malayalam
The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom August 4, 1998 The Swan Princess Christmas November 6, 2012 14 years, 94 days English
The Best Man October 22, 1999 The Best Man Holiday November 15, 2013 14 years, 24 days English
Basic Instinct March 20, 1992 Basic Instinct 2 March 31, 2006 14 years, 11 days English
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III March 17, 1993 TMNT March 23, 2007 14 years, 6 days English
The Cutting Edge March 27, 1992 The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold February 7, 2006 13 years, 317 days English
The Blob September 12, 1958 Beware! The Blob June 21, 1972 13 years, 283 days English
'Gator Bait June 3, 1974 'Gator Bait II: Cajun Justice March 14, 1988 13 years, 255 days English
When a Stranger Calls October 26, 1979 When a Stranger Calls Back April 4, 1993 13 years, 160 days English
The Rescuers June 22, 1977 The Rescuers Down Under November 16, 1990 13 years, 147 days English
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls November 10, 1995 Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective March 1, 2009 13 years, 111 days English
Exorcist II: The Heretic June 17, 1977 The Exorcist III August 17, 1990 13 years, 92 days English
Terms of Endearment November 23, 1983 The Evening Star December 25, 1996 13 years, 32 days English
"Crocodile" Dundee II May 25, 1988 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles April 18, 2001 12 years, 328 days English
Die Hard with a Vengeance May 19, 1995 Live Free or Die Hard June 27, 2007 12 years, 39 days English
The Sandlot April 7, 1993 The Sandlot 2 May 3, 2005 12 years, 26 days English
Terminator 2: Judgment Day July 1, 1991 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines July 2, 2003 12 years, 1 day English
Return of the Living Dead 3 October 29, 1993 Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis October 15, 2005 11 years, 351 days English
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre October 1, 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 August 22, 1986 11 years, 325 days English
Clerks October 19, 1994 Clerks II July 21, 2006 11 years, 275 days English
Alligator July 2, 1980 Alligator II: The Mutation December 18, 1991 11 years, 169 days English
Scream 3 February 4, 2000 Scream 4 April 15, 2011 11 years, 70 days English
The Blue Lagoon June 20, 1980 Return to the Blue Lagoon August 2, 1991 11 years, 43 days English
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie November 24, 1989 Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV October 8, 2000 10 years, 319 days English
The Little Mermaid November 17, 1989 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea September 19, 2000 10 years, 307 days English
The Boondock Saints January 22, 1999 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day October 30, 2009 10 years, 281 days English
The Mask July 29, 1994 Son of the Mask February 18, 2005 10 years, 232 days English
Toy Story 2 November 24, 1999 Toy Story 3 June 18, 2010 10 years, 206 days English
Omen III: The Final Conflict March 20, 1981 Omen IV: The Awakening May 20, 1991 10 years, 61 days English
Universal Soldier: The Return August 20, 1999 Universal Soldier: Regeneration October 1, 2009 10 years, 42 days English
The X-Files: Fight the Future June 19, 1998 The X-Files: I Want to Believe July 24, 2008 10 years, 35 days English
King Kong December 17, 1976 King Kong Lives December 19, 1986 10 years, 2 days English

Upcoming sequels[edit]

This section lists sequels that have yet to be released; the actual time gap may vary if release dates are changed.

Predecessor's title Release date Sequel's title Projected release date Time lapsed Language
Return of the Jedi May 25, 1983 Star Wars Episode VII December 18, 2015 32 years, 207 days English
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome July 10, 1985 Mad Max: Fury Road May 15, 2015 29 years, 309 days English
Beverly Hills Cop III May 25, 1994 Beverly Hills Cop 4 March 25, 2016 21 years, 305 days English
Independence Day July 2, 1996 ID Forever Part I July 1, 2016 19 years, 365 days English
Dumb and Dumber December 16, 1994 Dumb and Dumber To November 14, 2014 19 years, 333 days English
Phantasm IV: Oblivion October 13, 1998 Phantasm V: Ravager October 7, 2014 15 years, 359 days English
Jurassic Park III July 18, 2001 Jurassic World June 12, 2015 13 years, 329 days English
Finding Nemo May 30, 2003 Finding Dory June 17, 2016 13 years, 18 days English
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie November 19, 2004 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water February 6, 2015 10 years, 79 days English

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although it has the same title as the original film, The Nutty Professor (2008) is a sequel, with Jerry Lewis reprising his role.
  2. ^ Despite its title, the film is not a sequel to Aashiqui, and the only similarity is that "both are music-based romantic films".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Longest gap with a returning cast member.
  2. ^ Longest gap with the same principal cast and director.
  3. ^ http://movies.ndtv.com/bollywood/who-is-that-girl-in-aashiqui-2-poster-354739