It seems like every movie that connects with audiences ends up getting a sequel, prequel, or a reboot. However, some of those films took a long break between entries. Here are four sequels released decades after their originals:
Mary Poppins Returns
The first “Mary Poppins” film, based on the books by P.L. Travers, came out in 1964. It received a handful of Academy Award nominations and won Julie Andrews a Best Actress statue. Over half a century later, “Mary Poppins Returns” hit the theaters, this time with Emily Blunt starring as the famous magical nanny. It takes place 20 years after the original and continues the story of Jane and Michael Banks, who are now adults. Michael is recently widowed with children of his own, and Mary Poppins returns to care for them. Lin Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame also stars as a lamplighter named Jack.
Blade Runner 2049
Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” is considered an iconic entry in sci-fi history and for years, people longed for a continuation of Deckard’s story and an answer as to whether or not he was actually a replicant. In 2017, 35 years after the original was released, French director Denis Villeneuve revealed his vision in “Blade Runner 2049.” Ryan Gosling stars as “K,” a blade runner investigating a mystery that could trigger all-out war between humans replicants. As part of his mission, he seeks out Deckard, who is once again played by Harrison Ford. “Blade Runner 2049” was met with praise from critics and received five Academy Award nominations, though it didn’t make as much money producers hoped.
Dumb and Dumber To
In “Dumb and Dumber,” Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey star as two weak-minded pet groomers who stumble into in a kidnapping/blackmail scheme. The film became a cult classic, but it took two decades before a sequel came out, though there was a prequel in 2003, but it starred different actors. Daniels and Carrey returned in 2014 for “Dumb and Dumber To,” which made a nice profit, but earned just 29% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Odd Couple II
Based on a play, the original “The Odd Couple” in 1968 spawned three TV show spin-offs and endeared audiences to characters Felix and Oscar. In 1998, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reunited for “The Odd Couple II.” Despite being written by Neil Simon and starring the original actors, the film failed both critically and financially.