“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”
Gap: July 27, 2001 – July 31, 2015 (14 years)
We’ll admit that we were a little skeptical at first when it was announced that “Wet Hot American Summer” would not only be receiving the sequel treatment on Netflix, but that it would also be in the form of a prequel series instead of a follow-up movie. After all, so many of the stars of the original film have gone on to become such big movie stars (Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler) that we didn’t want it to turn out like “Arrested Development” Season 4, with many of the plots revolving around one character instead of the big group. Luckily, even if that will be the case, the recently released official trailer was more than enough to put “WHAS” fans at ease.
Gap: February 14, 1997 – July 29, 2015 (18+ years)
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 18 years since “Vegas Vacation” hit theaters, and even crazier than the new film will be released 32 years to the day after the original. That being said, it was scary to imagine anyone but Chevy Chase at the helm of a the next chapter, but fortunately Ed Helms (nice touch) seems to be a spot-on casting choice for the role of Clack Griswold’s son Rusty. The fact that both Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will cameo in their original roles as Rusty’s parents is the icing on the cake that just might save this revival from falling flat on its face.
Gap: October 20th, 1995 – TBD 2016 (21 years)
OK, we know we said in our intro that all of these movies or TV series would be out within the next year, but this entry worries us a bit. Director Kevin Smith has a tendency to be a bit of a windbag when it comes to upcoming projects, talking them up before often abandoning them completely or at the very least taking much longer to finish them than initially stated. Further evidence of this comes in the form of “MallBrats” itself, the sequel to his cult classic film “Mallrats.” Initially, Smith was going to make “Clerks III,” another film of his that has seen nearly 10 years between sequels, before “Brats” but changed his mind when a mall became available to shoot in immediately. Will we see either “MallBrats” or “Clerks III” by 2016? Only time will tell, but both Smith and his cast sure seems to think so.
Gap: May 23, 1995 – TBD 2016 (21 years)
We’d say this is the “Full House” for the next generation, but let’s be honest, it’s totally for the same generation who enjoyed the first version so much. Another Netflix revival, “Fuller House” is set to continue the story of the original, only this time oldest daughter D.J. has two boys of her own with another on the way and is living in San Francisco with her younger sister Stephanie and best friend and former next door neighbor Kimmy Gibbler. All original cast members besides the Olsen Twins seem gung ho to make this a thing, so expect to hear more and more about it in the coming months. In the meantime, just try to contain your excitement.
Gap: September 28, 2001 – February 12, 2016 (14+ years)
Not that we’re not stoked to see “Zoolander” finally get a sequel after nearly 15 years, but other than the random content Ben Stiller occasionally posts on social media concerning his film-in-progress, we know very little about it besides that it takes place in Europe and will once again feature many celebrity cameos. Still, that seems to be enough to keep fans at bay thus far, as a little mystery never hurts when it comes to a project that already has a built-in audience. Besides, we know Billy Zane will once again be there to have Derek’s back, so we can’t complain, especially when it’s announced with such a perfect reveal.
“Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser”
Gap: April 11, 2001 – July 16, 2015 (14+ years)
Even “Joe Dirt” fans are likely on the fence when it comes to this decade late sequel. Sure, the trailer hits a lot of the same notes as the original and has done a pretty decent job of getting the core cast to come back for a round two, but none of that explains why the film is necessary so late in the game. The time travel storyline from the trailer is also a bit perplexing, but let’s not speculate on that until we see it. Of course, from Crackle’s standpoint, it will be the first sequel to be released online in such a way, so it’s got that going for it. Only time will tell, however, if it’s a story worth revisiting in the first place.
Gap: June 10, 1991 – TBD 2016 (25 years)
The photo tease we used here may be unofficial, but the story itself is anything but. Fans of the original series (and the feature film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” which was released on August 28, 1992), couldn’t be more excited, as the series plans to revisit the town of Twin Peaks 25 years after the original series came to a close. Better yet, creator David Lynch is firmly back onboard after at one point announcing he wouldn’t be. Still, to anyone who is unfamiliar with the extremely bizarre and polarizing series, it begs the question “why bother?,” especially considering the fairly limited fan base and amount of time the show has been off the air.
Untitled “The X-Files” miniseries
May 19, 2002 – January 24, 2016 (13+ years)
This is a bit of a cheat, but we had to let it slide due to it being one of the bigger revivals on its way back to television. While the last time we saw FBI agents Mulder and Scully in action was technically a little less than 10 years ago in the 2008 box office disappointment “The X-Files: I Want to Believe,” it was a mostly standalone film that did little to wrap up the loose ends the series left us with back in 2002. While the upcoming six-episode “event” can’t be considered a full-on revival (unless it does unprecedentedly well, of course), it will once again bring back its two lead actors as well as creator Chris Carter to direct. The fact that FOX plans to premiere the first two episodes immediately after the NFC championship football game is a pretty big sign of good faith that this series resuscitation will be worth the wait.
“Independence Day: Resurgence”
Gap: July 3, 1996 – June 24, 2016 (20 years)
At this point you might be saying to yourself “Do we really need a sequel to ‘Independence Day’ 20 years after the fact which won’t even feature Will Smith?” Our answer to that question is “The Day After Tomorrow,” “2012” and “White House Down.” In other words, director Roland Emmerich could be shoving much worse down our throats, so we should welcome the next installment in the “ID4” franchise with open arms. Besides, we’ve still got Jeff Goldblum holding down the fort, which is reason enough to sing this long overdue sequel’s praises.
“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”
Gap: May 19, 2005 – December 18, 2015 (10+ years)
As far as anticipation is concerned, we don’t think it could be any higher for the final spot on this list, especially since George Lucas had very little to do with the next chapter in the “Star Wars” saga. Director J.J Abrams has done an amazing job keeping details to a minimum, and the teaser trailers like the latest one featured above give us just what we need without showing too much. That fact that it’s been 10 years since we last saw a “Star Wars” film and 32 and change since the end of the original trilogy actually works in this revivals favor this time around, as it has allowed the actors to age naturally to fit the new storyline. Sometimes the best stories are worth waiting for, so we can only hope that will be the case here, as well.