According to Dark Horizons, Samuel L. Jackson recently told MTV News that he hoped to revisit his Long Kiss Goodnight character Mitch Henessey in a sequel. The 1996 original (for which screenwriter Shane Black made a record $4 million payday) didn’t make that much money, but MTV says its become a cult hit since.* (If it’s such a cult hit, why hasn’t WB revisited the title with a Special Edition DVD, hmm?) Jackson says it’s one of his personal favorites, and he’s been working with director Renny Harlin to develop the sequel, elaborating, “We’re talking to writers, you know, getting it together.” Talking to writers? So I guess Shane Black’s not a given? That’s too bad, considering his “comeback” movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was the best thing he’s done yet!
Also not returning for the sequel would be Geena Davis, the star of the original, a female take on The Bourne Identity. I guess audiences are okay with aging male action stars, but not female ones? Tut, tut! Jackson says the plan is to bring in a younger actress to play Caitlin, the now grown-up daughter of Davis’s character, amnesiac spy Samantha Caine, who has inherited some of her mother’s special skills. “Her mom gets killed and we want to find out who did it,” Jackson explains. “She comes to me because I’m the only connection to her mom, and I might know the people that have done that.”
*It’s certainly popular among grad students. Several years ago I attended a conference on feminism in action films, and nearly everyone gave papers on that movie! It just seems so obvious, what’s the point? My partner and I decided to challenge ourselves a bit more and try to make a case for the Bond movies being feminist. Needless to say, it didn’t go over well. But our arguments were definitely more creative than “Um, Geena Davis is a spy and, uh, look—she’s also a woman!”