We all thought they were over, but they weren’t. Sequels and prequels dominate the movie charts these days and sometimes filmmakers bring many franchises back from the dead to make the best of this trend. They may not always end up being successful, but they at least satisfy some loyal fans. Here are some of the movies of famous franchises that were released after a long gap from their predecessors. There might be minor spoilers in this piece, it is advisable to skip the movie franchises that you haven’t seen yet.
1. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Released almost after 16 years after the successful original Star Wars trilogy, director George Lucas went on to focus on the origin story of the characters and their relations to each other with this movie. These origin stories became a trilogy in itself as there were 3 movies until 2005. Not very much loved by the critics, these movies were successful mainly because of the huge fan base the Star Wars attracted. George Lucas went on to change the name of the earlier movies and even modified their DVD versions to suit the flow.
Truth bomb: Every film in the series begins with a shot of a star field moving to a ship. This movie opens with a transport ship headed for a Trade Federation ship.
2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Released almost 20 years after from its predecessor, Steven Spielberg try to woo us again with one of the most loved characters of all time, Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford continued his adventure, but this time as an aged Indiana Jones accompanied by his younger son. With a poor plot and not such a convincing villain, the film didn’t receive a warm critical reception. However, there is another Indian Jones movie announced for a 2019 release, directed by Spielberg and again starring Harrison Ford. Some actors and directors never are too old for their roles are they?
Truth Bomb: The only Indiana Jones film to not receive any Oscar nominations. The first three movies in the series had won at least one Oscar each.
3. Jurassic World (2015)
Jurassic Park movies in the 90’s were such a big hit that they led to many other monster-apocalyptic films. The first two directed by none other than Steven Spielberg were a roaring success and the third one released in 2001 did alright. The 2015 Jurassic world directed by Colin Trevorrov was produced by Steven Spielberg’s company Amblin Entertainment. Although this film doesn’t directly relate to the old movies, it’s success made sure that the Hollywood is not yet done with the big bad dinosaurs.
Truth Bomb: After Jurassic World became the fourth highest grossing film of all time, Jurassic World 2 was announced for 2018.Source: youtube.com
4. Rocky Balboa (2006)
The Rocky series is a must watch for every movie lovers for its inspirational theme. The Rocky V released in the 1990 is probably the only one that had misfired in this franchise. However, 16 years later Sylvester Stallone yet again came on the screen as Rocky with Rocky Balboa when he played as the old champ. The film was quite well received and Sylvester Stallone reprised his role as Rocky Balboa in the 2015’s Creed and won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor.
Truth Bomb: Sylvester Stallone was actually knocked unconscious while filming the final fight scene.
5. Rambo (2008)
The success of 2006’s Rocky Balboa inspired the return of another of Sylvester Stallone’s trademark franchise Rambo after 20 years. Although not very successful Rambo earned its place in history for being one of the violent movies ever made. Rambo is among the top in terms of the most body counts in a movie with an average of 2.59 killings per minute (you read that right!). Sylvester Stallone also directed this film.
Truth Bomb: The name “Rambo” is only said twice in this movie.
6. Jason Bourne (2016)
Jason Bourne is one of the most loved characters in Hollywood. There were many Bourne novels written by Eric Van Lustbader after the original Bourne novel trilogy. However the possibility of making a Bourne movie again with Matt Damon was very meek as Matt Damon had exclusively stated that he would return to the Bourne franchise only if the director Paul Greengrass returned as well. Although the sub-Bourne film The Bourne Legacy was released in 2012, it didn’t have any relation to the Jason Bourne character apart from minor references. Finally, at the end of 2014, Jason Bourne was announced with Damon-Greengrass duo as director-actor.
Truth Bomb: The films title “Jason Bourne” was announced on February 7th, 2016, the same day its first teaser trailer came out.Source: youtube.com
7. Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
As the name suggests, this was truly a resurgence indeed. Independence Day (1996) made Roland Emmerich a household name in making apocalyptic films. His movies have gone on to become hugely successful despite poor critic reviews. With so many sequels topping the box office charts, Roland Emmerich tried cashing in on the sequel of his most successful film after 20 years, but the recently released Independence Day Resurgence failed to recreate the magic like the original film.
Truth Bomb: The movie had been given a $200,000,000 budget, $125,000,000 more than its predecessor, Independence Day (1996), which had a $75,000,000 budget and had a box office result of $817,400,000, making it the highest grossing movie of 1996.
8. Mad Max: Fury Road
Nobody expected this Mad Max reboot after almost 20 years to be successful as much as it was. Original trilogy, which starred Mel Gibson had a good run. Tom Hardy replaced Mel Gibson as Mad Max and everyone initially wondered if it would work. But the 70 year old director, George Miller made one of the best movies of 2015 with this Mad Max film. Simple script and exceptionally shot action sequences were the highlight. This film won six Academy awards in the technical departments. A sequel has been announced, named Mad Max: The Wasteland.
Truth Bomb: Over 80% of the effects seen in the film are real practical effects, stunts, make-up and sets.
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
The list starts and ends with Star Wars. This is the movie that brought the Star Wars franchise back with a bang. After the unconvincing prequels, the fans wondered there would be another Star Wars movie after all. With the actors from the first three films reaching their 70’s that seemed a far fetched possibility. Director George Lucas handed the project this time to J J Abrams, who was already known for his Star Trek reboots. J J Abrams delivered and how with the 2015’s late release Star Wars The Force Awakens. The not so familiar new actors and the seasoned old actors brought a perfect balance to the new script and made it work.
Truth Bomb: After being released, the second teaser trailer reached more than 20 million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours.Source: youtube.com