Nick Cannon's 'Drumline: A New Beat' & More Sequels Made Long After The Original

Wednesday it was announced that Nick Cannon will reprise his role in a Drumline sequel for VH1, following the success of the original Drumline, made way back in 2002. Which begs the obvious concern: How will a sequel made more than 12 years later continue from the original storyline? According to THR, the story is about: "Dani Bolton, an upper-class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend a college in Louisiana so she can join -- and revitalize -- their once-prominent drumline."

Great — but it got us wondering, what other films have more than a decade long lapse between the original and the sequel, or the sequel and the third? From The Godfather to Indiana Jones, take a look and see.

The Godfather

The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990) had a sixteen (!!) year gap between the two films. The reason it took so long? Expectations. Francis Ford Coppola was nervous about the expectations that would come with making a third Godfather after the critical success of the first two. Of course when it was eventually made, Part III was nominated for an Oscar.

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Psycho is a film that has been remade and revisted many times, most recently with A&E’s thriller, Bates Motel. While the original Hitchcock horror hit theatres in 1960, Psycho 2 wasn’t released until 1983, making it 23 years between the original and the second installment.

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Wall Street

By the time the second film, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps came out in 2010, some folks didn’t even realize it was a sequel. The original Michael Douglas flick came out in 1987, making the gap between the first and the second flick a whopping 23 years.

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1982’s Tron was a commercial disappointment, so it’s not a surprise that Disney waited 28 years to produce a second flick. Tron: Legacy came out in 2010, only after the original Tron had become a cult classic, and a video game with the same name rose in popularity.

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Peter Pan

The Disney classic came out in 1953, and it wasn’t until 2002 that the animated hit got a sequel. Likely due to the original’s success, and also perhaps because Disney was running out of original stories to tell. Cinderella II also came out that year.

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Indiana Jones

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Some franchises span decades and decades, replacing lead actors and adapting storylines to fit with a modern audience. But Indiana Jones, although there have been several films, has always kept Harrison Ford as its lead. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade came out in 1989, and it’s title, read: “last”, hinted at the fact that it might be Jones’ last adventure. But in 2008 we saw Ford take on Jones again in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The Best Man

In very rare form, the director of The Best Man (1999), Malcolm Lee, managed to assemble the entire original ensemble for his sequel, Best Man Holiday, released late last year. The 14-year gap didn’t seem to be a problem for the film’s success, as 2013’s sequel was hugely successful.

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