10 notable sequels that took their sweet time
Which of these belated follow-ups were worth the wait?
'Return to Oz' (1985)
Sequel to: 1939's "The Wizard of Oz"
Years between films: 46
Why it works: What seemed like a fool's errand on paper -- a sort-of sequel to one of the most beloved films of all time nearly a half-century later -- noted editor Walter Murch's lone foray into directing was more adapted from two of L. Frank Baum's many "Oz" books. Instead of merely relying on nostalgia for the '39 musical, "Return" is a strange, bleak, spooky and maddeningly inconsistent film which was considered too dark for most kids and too weird for most adults. After tanking in theaters, it eventually earned a sizable cult following. Hollywood waited another 25 years for the next take on "Oz" -- last year's smash "Oz: the Great and Powerful" -- which was a much more lavish tribute to the 1939 film. It was also much safer and much less interesting than "Return."