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The Long Kiss Goodnight 2

TheLongKissGoodNight.jpgHow could they possibly think that there could be a sequel to The Long Kiss Goodnight? Well they are, and by they I mean Samuel L. Jackson and Reny Harlin, yes they are working on The Long Kiss Goodnight 2.

I was just talking about how Highlander started to go downhill when they broke the ending of the first film, well surely a sequel to The Long Kiss Goodnight does exactly the same thing? The whole premise and strength of the first film is the realisation that the housewife is actually someone totally different, and how the two characters struggle to the fore and learn to live with each other to become one.

The only way I can see it working is if they are going for a Bourne style series. Now that she's regained her memory and come to terms with everything, they still decide to kill her for what she knows, but she decides to fight back when they threaten her family? What do you think?

Although the original film didn't really set the box office alight, it has become a little bit of a cult film and one of Samuel L. Jackson's favourites. As he says over at MTV Movies Blog:

"Mitch is one of my favorite characters...I mean, every time I pass 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' [on TV], I stop and watch it. If it’s on, I stop, I watch it."

Well I have to agree with him on that one, I like the film a lot and the performances are great. I've said it before too, Jackson's character here is excellent and mainly because he's playing away from just about every other character he's played to date. This guy is weak, foolish and nervous, and he plays him really well.

So how do Jackson and Renny Harlin see the sequel going? Well I have to tell you it's very disappointing so far.

With the original film featuring Geena Davis as the housewife who finds that before she lost her memory she was a highly trained and very successful assassin. Now though the team that was behind her have discovered she didn't die the first time, and now they want to make sure.

Unsurprisingly though, Geena Davis doesn't want to return for the sequel, and I think I can guess why. Here's the reason I would think.

"Actually, we’re thinking, you know, the little girl [Samantha’s daughter, Caitlin] is grown up now and possibly got some skills passed onto her by her mom...Her mom gets killed and we want to find out who did it...

...Well, she comes to find me because I’m the only connection to her mom...And I might know the people that have done that."

Oh dear, I think that sounds awful. The little girl takes over from where her Mum left off? Her Mum gets killed after managing to kill everyone in the first film? Mmmm...I find that idea pretty poor and straight out of the sequel handbook for Hollywood writers. What do you think?





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I was storming in to disagree with you after reading the first half of your post via RSS. Seems you had a valid point hiding in the balance, didn't you? Here I was thinking you were arguing against Davis bringing a great character back, and you weren't. So, I agree...terrible idea if it's not focused on Davis' character from the original.

Dammit, I need to be more blatantly controversial hap!

No, not at all. I did enjoy the first film and thought she was a great character, I love her as an actress too.

Could you see it working if she was back in? How could they work in a storyline?

Mild Spoiler: They could do a complete 180 on us by looking into how she struggles to return to the soccer-mom life after the events of the first movie. Of course, they'd never do something like that. They'd probably go the Bourne direction like you suggest, and I'd line up and buy my ticket as long as Davis was involved.

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