With his recent films underperforming at the box office and being panned by critics, talk has turned to M. Night Shyamalan going a sequel route. MTV Splash Page recently spoke to both M. Night Shyamalan and Samuel L. Jackson about the possibilities of a sequel to their 2000 film, Unbreakable.
“I tell you I get asked about it all the time, so it’s not [an idea] I ever forget,” Shyamalan told MTV News. “I genuinely just asked this question the other day — should I make ‘Unbreakable 2?'”
Samuel L. Jackson also said that he would be keen on reprising his role as the brittle Elijah Price in the sequel.
“Every time I see [Shyamalan], he says, ‘I’ve written this thing for you,’ so I say, ‘why are you always doing these movies I’m not in?’” said Jackson.
According to both Shyamalan and Jackson, Unbreakable was originally set to be a trilogy, but plans were scrapped after the lukewarm critical reception and box office performance of the first film.
“He was a victim of what Quentin [Tarrantino] was a victim of. Jackie Brown is a great movie, but it’s not Pulp Fiction 2. Unbreakable is a great movie, but it’s not ‘I see f**king dead people.’”
“I made the mistake of getting caught up in the hype of the immediate reaction of the movie, which, experience has shown me, is not accurate to any of my movies,” he explained. “And If I had been more confident and said ‘I believe in that movie, I love that movie, and I should just go start writing the second one,” that would’ve been the right move. I’ve still been thinking about it a lot and wonder if it’s too late.”
“Back then we talked about what the rest would entail,” recalled Jackson. “I broke out of the mental institution. I’m out there doing stuff and [Unbreakable co-star Bruce Willis' "David Dunn" is] after me. It’s very cool. He still wears that rain thing, that windbreaker.”
So, will wee see an Unbreakable 2?
“I do love the [comic book movie] genre, I just wanna make sure that I’m able to express who I am,” explained Shyamalan. “I don’t want to get so lost in the subject that I have to neuter everything that’s me in it, so maybe Unbreakable is the comic book thing I should do — I keep coming back to that.”
We'll surely keep you posted on any developments we get about this possible sequel.