M. Night Shyamalan Thinks It's Time to Make 'Unbreakable 2'

M. Night Shyamalan Thinks It's Time to Make 'Unbreakable 2'

Jan 30, 2015

It's been almost 15 years since the release of Unbreakable, and you'd think the window of opportunity for a sequel has long since passed. But now more than ever, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan seems to believe it's finally the perfect time to revisit superpowered security guard David Dunn (played by Bruce Willis) and his arch nemesis Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). 

Collider caught up with the filmmaker while he promoted his upcoming show Wayward Pines and took a moment to discuss the possibility of the follow-up. "Of course, the whole world makes comic book movies now," Shyamalan notes. "At the time, it was completely novel. I remember when I made it, Disney was literally like, 'Comic books?!  There’s no market for comic books!'  That’s all they make now! It was a hilarious conversation."

It is amusing that the two greatest superhero movies not based on prewritten material are Unbreakable and The Incredibles, both released by Disney before it got into the Avengers game (and both involving Avengers star Jackson). The former was also made in a whole other era, a whole other world, aside from what the film industry was doing back then. 

"The beauty of the world of Unbreakable is that you’re playing it for reality. It should never feel like a comic book movie," the filmmaker said on the matter of what such a sequel would be like today. "It feels like a straight-up drama. It’s real. You’re confronting the possibility that comic book characters were based on people that were real. That’s the premise, so the tone has to be super grounded.  It would be cool."

Other superhero movies made in the past decade and a half have tried for that grounded-in-reality approach, including nonadaptations like Super and major comic book-based franchises such as the Dark Knight trilogy, but for many Unbreakable remains the most real feeling. We also think it'd be cool to see Willis' character, whose powers include a surveillancelike sixth sense, continue to go up against Glass, who is basically a terrorist.

And we know that at least Jackson would be on board. As he told us last year, he's surprised he and Willis haven't reunited more, whether on another Die Hard or something else. "Yeah, we had great chemistry in Unbreakable, too, which was supposed to be a trilogy and that never happened," he reminded. "That would be great, though. I like Bruce."

So, it looks like we just need to hear from Willis and, more importantly, from Disney. Could they be interested in another superhero sequel with Jackson that doesn't have him wearing a patch over one eye? 

 

 

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