This is one of those love it or hate it ideas, no middle ground here: M. Night Shyamalan is thinking about a sequel to Unbreakable.
Speaking with MTV at a recent press gathering, the director said he’s still considering doing the follow-up to the 2000 film starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.
“I don’t know where all the parties are in the world. Sam [Jackson] is like ‘Mr. Comic Book’ now,” said Shyamalan. “And Bruce, I don’t know what he’s up to. I don’t know where Disney’s at in their head and what kind of movies they’re up for making. But yeah, I love that movie.”
It seems the prospect of an Unbreakable sequel isn’t a novel idea, rather a topic that follows Shyamalan around, like some great mystery. But maybe he prefers it this way; keeps people talking.
Last year MTV were able to get the director to comment on revisiting the superhero flick during a press call for The Happening.
“I want to write it right now, but I want to write it for the right reasons,” said Shyamalan. “I want a story to pop into my head that is organic and expressive of who I am. You know, these are all kind of journals of where I am emotionally, so it’s kind of hard.
“I’m kind of trying to go back to the journal that existed in 1999 for me. But I know me: As soon as I give up on it is when the idea will come to me.”
It’s one thing to want to direct a sequel and actually gathering all the puzzle pieces together to make it happen. A lot of people have jumped off the Shyamalan bandwagon, so maybe a return to Unbreakable could spark a return to early-career form.
Some could argue it’s a bad idea all around and he’d be better off thinking of what’s next. But if you’re a fan of the original then a sequel, with Willis and Jackson involved I imagine, is terrific news.
Then again, you’d hate for the guy to take hold a much-loved film from his back catalog and slide off the rails in a sub-par sequel that tarnishes the legacy of the original.
I love sequels. There have been some great follow-ups. But then there’s The Godfather Part III. So it works both ways. I think if his next movie, Avatar: The Last Airbender, flops it’s a better than good chance he opts for the comforts of past success.
What are your thoughts about a possible sequel to Unbreakable?