Remember a couple years ago when classic 80’s movies like; TRON, Wall Street and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade all got sequels? That was nothing. The longest of that batch was the 28 years between TRON and TRON: Legacy. Rumor has it that Warner Brothers is contemplating a sequel to the classic Casablanca, which came out a whopping 70 years ago, back in 1942.
The sequel would allegedly be called As Time Goes By or Return to Casablanca. The plot would center on an illegitimate child of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s characters. The child, now all grown up, was raised by his mother and her husband; in the film he would travel to North Africa to learn about his real father. If you ask me the fact that Bogart and Bergman’s characters had a child sort of undoes the “We’ll always have Paris,” ending, even if he wasn’t around to raise him.
The film would certainly get some negative backlash, if it were released tomorrow it would already set the record for longest gap between a film and its sequel (currently held by Bambi and it’s direct to DVD sequel at 63 years.) It’s not impossible for a distant sequel to be a good film; I’m admittedly a big fan of TRON: Legacy and don’t forget that The Color of Money came out 25 years after The Hustler. Still much of what made Casablanca so popular was how topical it was, and it’s hard to imagine that a sequel would manage to recapture the magic of the original.