Sam Jackson Puckers Up For ‘Long Kiss Goodnight’ Sequel

It’s the year of the aging action star: Indiana Jones, John McClane…and now Mitch Henessey? Samuel L. Jackson told MTV News that he’s eager to revisit the hard-drinking, fast-thinking detective he made famous in “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” and is working with director Renny Harlin on a sequel to the eleven-year-old action thriller. “We sort of have a development project now for ’The Long Kiss Goodnight 2.’ We’re talking to writers, you know, getting it together,” he announced.

The 1996 flick did middling business at the domestic box office, but has became a cult hit in the eleven years since its release. It remains one of Jackson’s personal favorites, he declared. “Mitch is one of my favorite characters,” Jackson enthused. “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.”

The original film followed suburban housewife Samantha Caine (Geena Davis), who, after a bump on the head, begins to remember small parts of her previous life as a top-secret assassin. And none too soon. Samantha soon finds herself in a fight for her life when old enemies track her down. She enlists the aid of Mitch to survive the onslaught, all the while getting stronger and more deadly.

But don’t expect a reunion with Ms. Davis, Jackson cautioned. While she was the star of the first film, the sequel will have a fresher, and in many ways, much more sinister, female protagonist.

“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,” Jackson said of the film’s plot. “Her mom gets killed and we want to find out who did it.”

So why in the world, then, does she contact Mitch? “Well, she comes to find me because I’m the only connection to her mom,” Jackson said. “And I might know the people that have done that.” Jackson can next be seen in “1408,” a supernatural horror film starring John Cusack.

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