Exclusive: Renny Harlin working on The Long Kiss Goodnight sequel, rules out Expendables 2

News Luke Savage 16 May 2011 - 05:31

Remember the terrific The Long Kiss Goodnight? Director Renny Harlin has plans for a sequel, we can exclusively reveal. And Samuel L Jackson is on board...

What's the greatest amnesia action-comedy film of all time?  If you said The Long Kiss Goodnight, congratulations. You are now my new best friend. If you said Code Name: The Cleaner, starring Cedric The Entertainer, shame on you. Shame on you.

Fifteen years after Samuel L. Jackson had a whale of a time helping Geena Davis remember she was a stone cold assassin, Renny Harlin has confirmed he's not done yet.

"I am developing a sequel for that," he told us during an interview for the upcoming DVD release of his latest film, 5 Days of War. And there's even more good news. Jackson's Mitch Henessey, one of 90s action cinema's greatest sidekicks, is back.

"Sam is hundred percent committed, he's hundred percent on board," said Harlin. "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."

All of which is amazing, fantastic, life-affirming news. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Harlin has something else to keep him busy before the Goodnight sequel, and it's not the Expendables sequel. He shot down our suggestion, albeit with a very polite "No", that he might be tempted to fill that empty director's chair.

Instead, Harlin's going back on the waves. "Right now I'm working on a very large scale, modern sea adventure," said the man who braved choppy waters on Cutthroat Island and then slightly smoother ones on Deep Blue Sea. They obviously did little to, ahem, dampen his enthusiasm for the water. "If everything goes as planned, we'll be shooting that at the end of summer."

And there's something we haven't told you yet about Goodnight's trump card, the zinger-happy Shane Black, whose script made headlines in its day for being the most expensive thing in the whole world.

"Shane is not gonna write it," Harlin admitted, "so I'm right now looking for a writer who would have the same incredible sensibilities in terms of character, humour and action."

That shouldn't be too hard, should it? But even without Black on board, this could be good. Better than Baywatch Nights, anyway.

You can catch the whole interview with Renny Harlin next month.

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