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Sequel To "The Long Kiss Goodnight" In The Works... Samuel Jackson 100% Confirmed

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 20, 2011 7:15 AM
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I don't think I've seen this film in ages... I'd have to return to it to remind myself of it. It was pretty much the Geena Davis show, with Samuel L. Jackson assuming sidekick duties, if I recall correctly. But I think I mostly enjoyed it. Released in 1996, it was kind of like Bourne before Bourne - a trained killing machine/human suffering from memory loss, starts to regain pieces of her past, when that past catches up to her, and, in turn, finally realizes who/what she really is.

Renny Harlin directed the film which actually didn't do very well at the box office, grossing over $80 million worldwide, but on a $65 million budget - quite a lot back then I think, for a film like this. I don't recall Geena Davis being that big of a star back then to command this kind of a budget. And Samuel certainly wasn't either.

But Geena, while she certainly wasn't the first, predates the likes of Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman, Zoe Saldana, Halle Berry, and others I can't think of right now... women who've all since starred in action movies.

But anyway... about 10 years after the film was released, Samuel L. Jackson reportedly revealed that he and director Renny Harlin had been discussing developing a sequel to the 1996 thriller, with the story focusing not on Geena Davis' character, but on her daughter, all grown up, and determined to avenge her mother's death. And she reaches out to the one person her mother had much of a connection with - Samuel's character Mitch - since he's probably the only one with the information she needs to begin her search for her mother's killers.

Fast-forward to earlier this week... in an interview with Den Of Geek, director Harlin said that the sequel is still in development and that Samuel Jackson is definitely onboard and ready to go; to wit: "I'm right now looking for a writer who would have the same incredible sensibilities in terms of character, humor and action. Sam is hundred percent committed, he's hundred percent on board... My plan is to focus on a story about Geena's daughter, who was six years old in the original and would now be about twenty-one. It's actually gonna be sort of a buddy story between Geena's daughter and Sam."

The last sentence kinda says it all.

Of course, a lot still has to happen before any production trucks start loading up to travel. It may never happen, or it could be in theaters next year. This is an unpredictable business.

Regardless, I'm not so sure I'm at all interested in a sequel to that story. I dunno... I'll be perfectly content with Colombiana, which has a somewhat similar plot - young girls parents are killed; she grows up, and hunts down the killers to avenge her parents' death.

Ya know, while we're on the subject... after I watched The Bride take out Vernita Green in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol 1, as Vernita's young daughter looked on, as the bruised, battered and bloodied body her dead mother lay on the ground, and The Bride tells the kid something like, "when you grow up, and you're still angry about this, you can come find me," I was almost certain that Tarantino would one day tell that little girl's tale... the little girl, who grows up to avenge her mother's death, in a film that might be called Kill The Bride.

Check out the trailer for The Long Kiss Goodnight below to refresh your memory:

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  • Sheryl Bratcher | May 14, 2014 2:15 PMReply

    da duh da duh...I loved the first version of this movie..da duh da duh...So glad there's another...da duh favorite part was him singing da dud da duh...So I wrote this for him! da duh da duh...I hope that he does some more singing da duh da duh...if not you have my song...da duh da duh, I sure hope you enjoyed id da duh da duh. ur so lucky I typed an not sung DA DUH DA DUH!!!!

    For you Sam!

  • Neziah | May 24, 2011 6:51 AMReply

    The original wasn't very good, so a sequel isn't necessary.

  • Dankwa Brooks | May 23, 2011 8:53 AMReply

    As a fan of the screenwriter Shane Black's work on 'Lethal Weapon' (1) I was VERY interested in 'Kiss', but The movie SUCKED HARD. It was horrible and I hadn't been to film school or anything when I saw it, I probably would really hate it now. I thought it was really, really, really stoopid. Maybe Black was a 1 hit wonder becuase while I enjoyed it more than 'Kiss', 'The Last Boyscout's script was pretty stoopid too. (He got some of the biggest paydays ever in Hollywood for 'Kiss' & 'Boyscout'. smfh.

    As far as 'Kill Bill 3' I got the below from Wikipedia-

    Tarantino told Entertainment Weekly in April 2004, that he is planning a sequel:

    “ Oh yeah, initially I was thinking this would be my "Dollars Trilogy". I was going to do a new one every ten years. But I need at least fifteen years before I do this again. I've already got the whole mythology: Sofie Fatale will get all of Bill's money. She'll raise Nikki, who'll take on The Bride. Nikki deserves her revenge every bit as much as The Bride deserved hers. I might even shoot a couple of scenes for it now so I can get the actresses while they're this age. ”

    According to, details have emerged about Kill Bill Volumes 3 and 4. According to the article, "Bennett Walsh said at the Shanghai International Film Festival, the third film involves the revenge of two killers whose arms and eyes were hacked by Uma Thurman in the first stories". The article adds that the "fourth installment of the popular kung fu action films concerns a cycle of reprisals and daughters who avenge their mother's deaths".

    At the Morelia International Film Festival on October 1, 2009, while being interviewed on an Italian TV show after being asked about the success of the two Kill Bill films, Tarantino addressed the hostess by claiming "You haven't asked me about the third one" then asking the woman to ask the question would he be making a third Kill Bill film, which he replied "Yes", and claiming "The Bride will fight again!" On October 3, 2009, he further predicted that Kill Bill 3 would be his ninth film, and would be released in 2014.He said he intends to make another unrelated film before that date as his eighth film. He confirmed that he wanted ten years to pass between the Bride's last conflict, to give her and her daughter a period of peace.

  • Geoff | May 22, 2011 3:40 AMReply

    This was a great action film -- smart, funny, sexy, moving, dramatic. And it's a Christmas movie! My partner and I see it every year for the holidays. Plus it has some eerie foreshadowing of 9/11 conspiracy theories. And Craig Bierko makes a terrific yuppie villain -- charming and ice-cold. But how could you make a sequel and kill off Geena Davis??

  • Jeff | May 21, 2011 4:11 AMReply

    The original was no great shakes. What's next for Sam? A sequel to "The Man" or "Amos and Andrew?"

  • Cherish | May 21, 2011 2:26 AMReply

    This movie was so underrated. It was a good action film and also was touching. Geena was definitely more believable as an action star than Angelina Jolie. She and Sam Jackson also had great chemistry. It's showing on cable this month. Please try to catch it.

    if they are going to make a sequel, Geena's character has to be in for a minute. At least for a minute.

  • Kevin Sorrell | May 20, 2011 10:13 AMReply

    "I don’t recall Geena Davis being that big of a star back then to command this kind of a budget."

    That's because she wasn't. But her husband was the director (same case for TREASURE ISLAND), so you can see how that came about - just like how you always see Helena Bonham-Carter in a Tim Burton film or how Kate Beckinsale seems to appear in every Len Wiseman film.

  • Kyle | May 20, 2011 8:52 AMReply

    If I remember correctly The Long Kiss Goodnight had the distinction of being the most expensive screenplay ever at its time. Same screenwriter this time?

  • Jug | May 20, 2011 8:20 AMReply

    @Tamara-KeKe Palmer LOL

  • Tamara | May 20, 2011 8:16 AMReply

    It’s actually gonna be sort of a buddy story between Geena’s daughter and Sam.

    Yeesh. Surely Geena still has it in her to do some ACTION!

    I looked at Geena in a whole new light after this role...and then she went on to do that pirate movie. :| *cough*

    As for Vernita's child in Kill Bill, umm, I hope Tarantino does look to that in the future. But who will star??? What female 'action' starruh will be big enough for that roll? Hmmm...

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