The "Night Chronicles" film series may have dropped M. Night Shyamalan from their title, but the writer/director still rests at the heart of this horror anthology that debuts September 17th with Devil. While out promoting Devil, which will be followed by Twelve Strangers sometime next year, M. Night Shyamalan talked about the proposed, as-yet titled third film in the series, which he told MTV owed its villain to the never produced Unbreakable 2.
The director didn't have any qualms in stating that he basically cannibalized Unbreakable 2's script for this future project, which does not yet have a writer or director attached. He felt that the sequel would never happen, and that it was too good of an idea to pass up.
Here is what he said:
"I cannibalized the idea for the sequel to Unbreakable for one of the 'Night Chronicles'. It was such a cool idea for a villain, and it was actually originally in the script for Unbreakable, and it was too much. There were too many villains, so I pulled this villain out and was like, 'I'll make this the second flick.' I fleshed it out more and more, and thought, 'This could be a standalone movie!' I'll just say it: the third 'Night Chronicles' movie is what would have been the sequel to Unbreakable."
Asked whether or not this meant we'd never see Unbreakable 2, the director responded by saying:
"Literally, that's the question I get asked the most anywhere around the world - if I'm making the sequel to Unbreakable. I love that movie. Unbreakable and The Village are my favorite two movies of mine."