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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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Original Bad Boys 3 director on why he quit the film

“I wasn’t servicing the story that I was really excited about” says filmmaker Joe Carnahan

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In a captivating melee with Collider, “A-Team” helmer Joe Carnahan reveals that he walked away from the third “Bad Boys” flick because he butted heads with star Will Smith.

The veteran action filmmaker was originally set to direct Sony’s “Bad Boys For Life”, which reteams Smith and Martin Lawrence as the loose lipped cops, but quit the project – in September 2017 – because his original vision for it had been watered down.

“Here’s the thing. I love Will, he’s a great guy. It’s just, you get to a point where … listen, I always say this… ‘Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, you find me a motherf****r in the modern era that’s walked away from movies with those guys and is still working in some capacity.”

“I just know myself, man. And I thought what we were doing at that point was the law of diminishing returns. ‘I wasn’t servicing the story that I was really excited about telling, that the studio had greenlit. And again, this isn’t to throw shade at Will — it’s your face on the poster, it’s your name on the poster, you need to do things the way you want them done.”
Carnahan believes some of his ideas survive.

“I think they’re doing a portion of it — I had a sequence where they’re on a Gunbus, which is a German motorcycle. They changed it, now it’s like a sidecar, not a good idea, whatever [laughs]. It’s one of the greatest.”

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah ultimately took the reigns on the film, which releases January 17, 2020.

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Astin : Goonies will be rebooted

The cast had originally been hoping to reunite for a sequel

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Will there be a sequel to “The Goonies”?

Doubtful. That’s according to original star Sean Astin – ‘Mikey’ from the 1985 classic – who, for the longest time, remained unambiguously induced that there would one day be a sequel to the Richard Donner directed adventure classic.

The actor’s tune has since changed.

“For 20 years, my answer to the question was an unequivocal yes, there will be a sequel — it’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. Just certainty,” the “Lord of the Rings” actor tells Collider. “Well…that’s gone. Now I think we’ve probably passed the threshold for which all of us original cast members are right for doing a sequel.”

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While Astin doesn’t expect he and his original co-stars – including Corey Feldman and Josh Brolin – will regroup for the once budding sequel, he does expect Warner Bros to resurrect the brand.

“It will be rebooted, which I will be fine with,” says Astin. “If it’s not as good as the original Goonies, that’s fine, who cares? I think [Steven] Spielberg has been waiting for whatever that magical, mystical secret sauce is and he hasn’t found it yet so he just hasn’t pulled the trigger yet. He’s so busy so I don’t even know if he could do it himself and you know, Dick Donner wants it.”

Astin recalls pitching Donner an idea for a “Goonies 2”.

“Corey Feldman and I put together a three-act treatment for it and we pitched it to Dick Donner and it never got made,” the actor reflects. “We pitched it to him and the whole time his eyes were closed…we thought it was really cool and afterwards he’s like ‘Boy, you guys really thought about this’ and we go ‘Yeah, yeah we have!’ and he goes ‘Yeah, we’re not doing that.’”

In a 2016 interview, Feldman echoed Astin, stating that he’d given up hope for a “Goonies” sequel.

“Richard Donner is 87 years old. And it’s like, no one really wants to make it without him. He’s the driving force behind it. He says it’s still alive. But as we all know…When you get to that age, things slow down quite a bit. There is a big possibility that he might not want to keep driving it. So, I think without him, it doesn’t happen. And every day that passes, that he doesn’t do it, there is less and less chance that it is ever going to happen at all.”

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Spoiler Alert : Keanu Reeves joins Fast & Furious universe

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“John Wick” star Keanu Reeves will play against type when he appears in this summer’s new “Fast & Furious” spin-off, “Hobbs & Shaw”.

According to That Hashtag Show, the actor’s secret role in the Jason Statham-Dwayne Statham two-hander is that of the big bad. In much the same way, the “Fast & Furious” franchise surprised fans when Jason Statham appeared on screen at the end of “Fast & Furious 5” to tease his appearance in further installments, Reeves will pop up in the film at the last moment to give cinemagoers an extra, unforeseen thrill before they make the trek home from the theater.

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Says the site, “In the last outing for Fast & Furious, we learned the identity of the driving force behind all of Dominic Toretto’s miseries: Cipher. Charlize Theron played Cipher to chilling perfection, taunting and manipulating Dom to his breaking point. Fast & Furious 8 saw the first team-up between Hobbs & Shaw. That paring was the inspiration for the new spin-off series. Like Cipher before, there will be a new background baddie pulling the strings for the new, odd couple offset from the main franchise. That villain will be none other than Keanu Reeves.

Right now we don’t have any more details about the exact role Reeves will play in Hobbs & Shaw. We only know that he is somehow tied to the film’s main villain, Brixton (Idris Elba). It’s possible, according to the source, that Reeves’ character will be revealed towards the end of the movie. Alternatively, he could appear in an end-credits scene to set up the sequel we all know will be coming.”

While it’s rare to see Reeves play a villain, it’s not his first time. The actor played the rogues in “Man of Tai Chi”, which he also directed, he also played the nasty Donnie Barksdale in the film ”The Gift” (2000).

“Fast & Furious Presents : Hobbs & Shaw” opens August 2.

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