Avatar, Enchanted, Top Gun: 10 movies that won sequels after decades

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When a film is released, everyone involved wants the success of the production. Sometimes it is so successful that it can end up gaining an unscheduled sequel.

A continuation can take years, both because of the complexity of producing a feature film and because of having to create a story on top of an already presented universe with a fitted ending.

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This year, some films acclaimed by the public gained a sequel more than a decade after release, such as: “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Disenchanted”, “A Christmas Story” and “Avatar: O Caminho da Água” – which hits theaters on December 15th.

The four took years to be conceived, realized and launched, but they use part of the original cast in a new context.

10 Movies That Took Over a Decade to Get a Sequel

  • Blade Runner: The Android Hunter (1982) – Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
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under the direction of Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival” and “Dune”), the sequel to the classic Ridley Scott (“Gladiator” and “Alien – the 8th Passenger”) is considered one of the best ever made, being acclaimed by specialized critics.

The plot takes place 30 years after the events of the first film. The number “2049” indicates the year in which the story takes place.

A new species of replicants is developed that is more obedient to humans. Officer K, a blade runner who hunts androids from older generations.

In one of his jobs he unearths a secret, capable of triggering a war between replicants and humans. Discovering him leads him on a journey to find Rick Deckard, who has been missing for three decades.

  • A Christmas Story (1983) – A Christmas Christmas Story (2022)

Almost 40 years later, the Christmas classic with Peter Billingsley got a sequel. The actor who was a child at the time returns as Ralph in “A Christmas Christmas Story” , but now married with kids. The production that arrived at HBO Max this month.

Ralph takes the family to his hometown, in the same house where he had the best Christmas of his life – back in 1983, to give his children a year-end just as incredible. On this adventure, he will have the chance to reconnect with his childhood friends and overcome a difficult loss.

The first film is bob clark (“Night of Terror” and “Murder by Decree”), already Clay Kaytis (“Christmas Chronicles”) was the one who directed “A Christmas Christmas Story” 🇧🇷

  • Top Gun – Indomitable Aces (1986) – Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Tom Cruise returned to theaters as Maverick and made history with the sequel to the smash hit “Top Gun”. The feature had the highest grossing of 2022 so far, bringing people back to theaters in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

36 years after graduating, Maverick returns to the Navy’s aviation school, Top Gun, now as an instructor. He must lead the group of the best aviators formed by the school in an (almost) impossible mission.

The first production was directed by Tony Scott while the second was responsible Joseph Kosinski (“Oblivion” and “Tron: Legacy”).

  • A Prince in New York (1988) – A Prince in New York (2021)

More than 30 years after the success of “A Prince in New York” 🇧🇷 Eddie Murphy revives Akeem, now king. The production has the return of other actors, such as Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley and more. The film premiered on Prime Video last year.

In the luxurious royal country of Zamunda, the newly crowned King Akeem discovers he has a son he doesn’t know who could be heir to the throne.

He and his confidant Semmi embark on a hilarious journey that takes them around the world: from their great African nation, back to New York City’s Queens.

  • Abracadabra (1993) – Abracadraba 2 (2022)

After years of rumors, Disney confirmed in 2021 the sequel to “Abracadabra” and the return of the main trio: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy 🇧🇷 The film debuted in September this year on Disney+.

In the plot, it’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th century sisters, and they want revenge. Now, three teens must stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of chaos on Salem before Halloween is over.

“Abracadabra” was one of the Disney veteran’s early hits Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical” and “Descendants”). The sequel was directed by Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal” and “Dressed to Get Married”).

  • Trainspotting – Limitless (1996) – T2 Trainspotting (2017)

With the main cast, “Trainspotting – No Limits” it got a sequel in 2017, two decades after its debut.

Renton returns to his hometown a new man, with a steady job and drug-free. The friends weren’t so lucky: Sick Boy runs a failed business, Spud remains addicted to heroin and Begbie is in prison.

Gradually, Renton reveals that his reality is not as positive as he showed, and he returns to practicing the crimes of old.

the Oscar winner Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours”) is responsible for directing both films.

  • Finding Nemo (2003) – Finding Dory (2016)

A year after helping Marlin find his son Nemo, Dory reminisces about her beloved family. With longing, she decides to do everything to find them again. She ends up bumping into friends from the past and falls into the dangerous hands of humans.

Oscar winner for “Looking for Nemo” 🇧🇷 Andrew Stanton is also responsible for “Finding Dory” 🇧🇷

  • The Incredibles (2004) – The Incredibles 2 (2018)

With an open ending, “The Incredibles” took more than ten years to win a second film. Despite not continuing the events of the first film, the film brought the family back to the big screen.

Helena Pêra is called back to fight crime as the Elastic Woman. With that, it is up to her husband, Roberto, to take care of the children, especially baby Zezé. What he didn’t expect was that the youngest of the family also had superpowers, which arise without any control.

The two animations are creations of Brad Bird (“Ratatouile” and “Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol”).

  • Enchanted (2007) – Disenchanted (2022)

“enchanted” it got a sequel with the original main cast fifteen years later. Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey returned to live a couple in “Disenchanted” released on the 18th on Disney+.

Ten years after the events of the first film, Giselle and Robert are married and decide to move to a small community to live a fairy tale. However, this is not possible, since there are rules and a queen, which ends up making Giselle frustrated by not finding her “happily ever after”.

Giselle then uses Andalasia’s magic to solve her problems, but accidentally turns the city into a true fairy tale and jeopardizes her family’s happiness. Now she must race against time to reverse the spell and discover what living happily ever after means for her and her family.

the direction of “enchanted” it’s from Kevin Lima (“102 Dalmatians”), while “Disenchanted” stayed with Adam Shankman (“Hairsparay” and “Um Amor Para Rememberar”).

  • Avatar (2009) – Avatar 2 (2022)

Thirteen years after its release, “Avatar” is getting a sequel. The continuation depended on the success of the first film, which ended up becoming a technology milestone in cinema and the highest grossing in history. Another three films are expected.

“Avatar: O Caminho da Água” had its premiere postponed seven times, with the first forecast for 2014.

The plot takes place more than a decade after the events of the first film and follows the Sully family and the danger that haunts them. They must face a new threat on Pandora and fight for safety and survival.

Both productions are directed by James Cameron.

Source: CNN Brasil

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