The past two years have given us sequels for two beloved comedies decades after their predecessors: Anchorman 2 (released 9 years after Anchorman) and Dumb and Dumber To (released 20 years after Dumb and Dumber). Both came nowhere near recapturing the glory of their forebears and were met with weeping and gnashing of teeth. Studios have had some success building on decades-old films, but those seem to be the exception. What we often get is The Godfather Part III, Blues Brothers 2000, or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Imagine trying to reconnect with an old flame who you haven't talked to in 20 years. Sure, you two may have had crazy chemistry back in the day and those memories still leave you feeling warm inside, but you've changed and it took seeing them again to realize that you didn't need that part of your life reopened.
Yet, there are number of films preparing to be released or currently in development that will attempt to revive since-dead franchises. And as crazy as it sounds, I'm actually really looking forward to some of them....
Jurassic World (14 years since Jurassic Park 3)
Jurassic Park is one of my all-time favorite films. The Lost World and JP3 left a lot to be desired, but that won't stop me from lining up and waiting with glee at another chance to see dinos in action. AT A COMPLETED PARK, NO LESS! Don't get me wrong, it won't come close to replicating the DNA of the first (see what I did there??), but I can't NOT watch this film.
Zoolander 2 (15 years since Zoolander)
(See: Anchorman 2 and Dumb and Dumber To) I'm sure Old School 2 is next.
ID Forever Part 1 (20 years since Independence Day)
The movie that cemented Will Smith as a blockbuster star is finally getting a sequel....sans Will Smith. Listen, I'm already bowing out with this "Part 1" schtick they're pulling (gonna have to write a post on that little Hollywood trend), but I can't imagine this movie being any good past the over-the-top cityscape destruction scenes that Roland Emmerich is obsessed with.
Beverly Hills Cop 4 (22 years since Beverly Hills Cop 3)
Beverly Hills Cop is easily my favorite Eddie Murphy movie. I put it over Trading Places, Coming To America, and even the Remember The Time video. It holds a very special place in my heart. But this? I cannot abide. And Brett Ratner is directing?? Please, for the love of God, STAHP!
Mad Max: Fury Road (30 years since Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome)
I never got to see the third entry into this trilogy, but Mad Max 1 and 2 are pretty entertaining action flicks. And this one looks just as entertaining and even more chaotically beautiful than the previous entries. Count me in!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (32 years since Return of the Jedi)
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!! PRAISE BE TO DISNEY!!