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Harlin on The Long Kiss Goodnight 2‘s “slow and cumbersomeness” progress

Samuel L.Jackson has committed to starring in the film

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Action movie staple Renny Harlin, now living and working in China, tells The Hollywood Reporter that he’d still like to do a sequel to his big ‘90s hit “The Long Kiss Goodnight” – for which he’s even written a treatment.

According to Harlin, whose new film “Bodies at Rest” premiered at the Hong Kong Film Festival this week, the sequel would bring back Samuel L.Jackson’s Mitch Henessey and team him with a new, younger actress, who’d play Samantha Caine’s daughter (Harlin’s ex-wife Geena Davis played Caine in the original film).

“Several people, producers and financiers, here in China, have talked to me about doing either a Chinese remake or doing an English language sequel and yeah I’ve played with the idea.

“I’ve created a treatment for [a sequel] where basically in a nutshell the story is that in the opening sequence Geena’s character is murdered. And her daughter, who now would be in her early 20s, who was five or six years old in the original, she would be now in her 20s. And she’s in university. After her mother dies, she receives this mysterious package. And there’s something in it that she doesn’t really understand And now all the government and a couple of bad guys are after her because they have a hunch that the mother sent the item to her. So now she’s on the run. She has no-one to turn to, she’s so over her head. The only person that she knows that could maybe help is Sam Jackson’s character. And then it becomes basically a road movie. But now it’s Sam and Geena’s daughter on the road. That’s my treatment.”

Geena Davis in “The Long Kiss Goodnight” (1997)

While it’s looking good, Harlin suggests it might be a while before we see the film.

“I talked a little bit about it to Toby Emmerich at Warner Brothers. And it’s just you know, the studio machinery is so cumbersome. My feeling is that it’s one of those situations where they can’t decide whether they would just give me, or sell me the rights, and let me make the movie. Or if they want to be actually actively involved. At the moment they would want to be actively involved. Then it’s marketing and distribution and international and a million other things that have to be taken into account — so it gets really slow and complicated.”

Harlin says Jackson is 100% committed to the project.

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Halloween sequels dated!

Rumour confirmed. Back-to-back sequels on the way!

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Rumour confirmed. Universal and Blumhouse do indeed have two back-to-back “Halloween” sequels in the works. The studio issued the presser today, containing both titles and release dates for the films.

Universal Pictures today announced release dates for two new films in the iconic Halloween series.

In response to the global fan enthusiasm for last year’s Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and directed by David Gordon Green, which went on to become the highest-grossing installment in the classic horror franchise at more than $250 million worldwide, Universal Pictures today announced release dates for two new films in the iconic Halloween series, from Trancas International Films, Miramax and Blumhouse Productions.

HALLOWEEN KILLS will be released on Friday, October 16, 2020.

Written by David Gordon Green & Danny McBride & Scott Teems, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the film will be directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Ryan Freimann are executive producers. Ryan Turek is overseeing the project for Blumhouse.

HALLOWEEN ENDS will be released on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Written by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, and Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the film will be directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Ryan Freimann are executive producers

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Comic-Con : Terminator : Dark Fate footage killed!

Arnold Schwarzenegger previews the new ‘Terminator’ at SDCC

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When the trailer for “Terminator : Dark Fate” recently hit, my initial reaction was ‘Huh? It looks like a rough draft’. The effects looked dreadfully unfinished, the beats fell flat, and the scale seemed squat. In short, it was underwhelming.

Colour me surprised then when an extended version of the ‘car chase’ sequence that featured so prominently in the trailer played for Comic-Con audiences today and absolutely killed. It was stellar. The effects looked golden, the villain not only threatening but imaginatively constructed, and the plot both thrilling and – as evident by the goose bumps on my arms throughout – stirring and moving. But more on that later.

On hand to assure audiences they were on hand for more than just ‘Terminator 6’ were director Tim Miller and the film’s cast (including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton). James Cameron, the film’s executive producer, beamed in from New Zealand where he’s shooting the new “Avatar” films. Cameron, who stressed how vital it was to have Schwarzenegger back for the film (and also revealed another returning cast member), said he saw the film three weeks ago and was blown away by it.

Schwarzenegger said he was onboard from the get-go. “I’m addicted to Terminator”, the Austrian bodybuilder turned actor said, noting that the 1984 film is essentially responsible for his movie career.

Miller said what he loves about the ‘Terminator’ universe is that there’s only timeline – so mess something up in the past, and something is changed in the future. In this film, we learn that Sarah’s actions in 1991’s “Terminator 2” have hurt her future. “She’s living with the consequences of that decision and we see how that rolls out 20 years later,” he said.

Hamilton, who took some convincing to come back (Cameron helped sway her decision), knows she’s older and knows she doesn’t have the body she had in “Judgement Day”. But knows she has something new to bring to the character -life experience.

“I can no longer worry about trying to be what I was, because I am so much more than I was. That was the moment I really wanted to be on board with this. The richness of my life experience is only going to enrich the character.”

Schwarzenegger – after taking the piss out of himself by referencing all his classic movie lines and mocking his own accent – threw to the footage.

The footage of the new evil Terminator (Gabriel Luna) chasing a good Terminator (Mackenzie Davis) – who is in fact ‘human’ but with enhancements – the next-would-be saviour (Natalia Reyes) and her brother (Diego Boneta) plays out the same – only with more visual detail and by golly, more surprises. Now, the villain emerging into some sort of liquid form looks less like something produced on iMovie in 2002 and more akin to something we usually expect from producer Cameron. Clearly, they’ve really polished and perfected this footage – something it doesn’t look like Miller had time to do before the trailer was delivered. Now, we see that the villain splits into two – turning from one rogue into two, a fleshy bad guy and a cyborg predator. We also get a look at Linda Hamilton’s introduction as Sarah Connor, which is absolutely fantastic – some effective use of the F bomb, beautiful sound design and power-packed arsenal. It’s an amazing sequence.

There’s also some great moments between Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character ‘Carl’ – who, despite nods to the ‘T2’ sunglasses, isn’t the same t-800 but another version of the same model –  and the long-suffering Sarah, that play both compelling and comically. “I’m never gonna call you Carl”, Connor states.

Numerous other quick flashes of action, including footage of ‘Carl’ and Sarah blowing away the villain on the back-end of an aircraft carrier, and a gun-fight with the villain, trapped in a sinking car, were crowd pleasers. Especially great to hear the classic ‘Terminator’ theme used again.

Also playing at the panel, a new featurette – which you can catch below.

“Terminator : Dark Fate” is back on my list of must-see 2019 movies after today’s footage and panel. Well done, all.

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Val Kilmer is Bluntman in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer

Likely not the only major player to make a cameo in the film!

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The first trailer for Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” trailer has been released.

This first, Red Band-offering teases what’s to come October 15 when the film unspools in theaters

 

 

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