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With the recent news that Disney has bought LucasFilm and plans to make at least 3 new films in the Star Wars series, that would make 9 films in total (presumably all linked story-wise). Would this make it the film series with the most direct sequels/prequels?

The Bond series has 23 films, however they are generally regarded as standalone movies, not having any links between them (besides the character of Bond). From research the Halloween series has 10 and Friday the 13th has 12, though again I think those films only share the main character.

I'm looking for English-language films only, that have had cinema releases (i.e. not including direct-to-DVD movies).

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In a sense, what disqualifies Friday the 13th from this option? Besides remakes, it can be argued that its the continued story of Jason Voorhees. –  TylerShads Oct 31 '12 at 15:06
@TylerShads I have not actually seen any of the Friday the 13th films, so I was just going on very limited knowledge of them. –  DisgruntledGoat Oct 31 '12 at 15:14
How about STAR TREK. There are 10 films I would consider "sequels" (the 2009 reboot is a "prequel", with different actors). –  Oliver_C Oct 31 '12 at 15:26
might reword this to something like "which movie franchise has the longest movie series without reboots/remakes", or longest continues story through prequels and sequels? I still don't think anything beats Land Before Time though. –  DForck42 Oct 31 '12 at 15:27
"however [the bond films] are generally regarded as standalone movies, not having any links between them" I don't know if I really buy that. The books they are taken from are certainly a series and there re other recurring characters. –  dmckee Oct 31 '12 at 16:06

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The Land Before Time series has a total of 13 movies, they seem to all be sequels.

This compares to Friday the 13th franchise with 12 movies. However, the newest one is a reboot of the series so, imho, is not a direct sequel/prequel.

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I think only the first Land Before Time film had a theatrical release. I might be wrong though. –  Oliver_C Oct 31 '12 at 15:30
Ahh, didn't see that part of the post. that's kinda silly imho... –  DForck42 Oct 31 '12 at 15:31
i always assumed friday the 13th was the franchise with most sequels –  Dredd Oct 31 '12 at 16:37
on a different note except the first one all friday the 13th movies look the same :D –  Dredd Oct 31 '12 at 16:38
@DForck42 I mainly added that restriction to avoid silliness with pointless DVD "films". LBT seem fairly legit, but anyone could make 50 DVDs with some kind of interconnecting plot (heck, you could take every episode of Lost as a film with a continual story...) –  DisgruntledGoat Oct 31 '12 at 20:29

Would Shelock Holmes count? There are many Basil Rathbone films which feature the same characters in the same setting.

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14 in total. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes_(1939_film_series) –  Hugo Apr 27 '13 at 10:58

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