Once called the next Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan floated away on his hubris and drank his own Kool Aid. His first couple of movies are considered classics. The later half of his career has been riddled with one flop after the next. Now, he is poised for a comeback, with the indie horror movie The Visit. But as he sets out to launch this economic thriller that takes him back to his roots, the fan roar for a sequel to one of his earliest hits keeps growing louder day by day. We've heard murmurs that it could happen. And now, M. Night Shyamalan claims that an idea is indeed percolating. But Unbreakable 2 is not going to look, feel or sound like Unbreakable. The studio might not even touch it, as it doesn't really read as a sequel.
This sounds about right when looking at M. Night Shyamalan's career trajectory. He has never done the expected. And this has brought an ebb and flow to his work that is unique unto itself. While there have been some huge misfires over the years, with both The Last Airbender and After Earth proving to be gargantuan flops, Unbreakable remains a fondly remembered tweak on the superhero mythos. And it resonated well before Hollywood became so attracted to the genre.
Unbreakable was not based on a preexisting superhero character or property. It was an original creation from M. Night Shyamalan. It starred Bruce Willis as a man who survives a devastating train wreck that kills nearly everyone else on board. He soon discovers that he is a superhero, with extraordinary powers. And he even has a nemesis in the deadly Mr. Glass, played by Samuel L. Jackson as a man with a rare disease that causes his bones to shatter under any physical strain whatsoever. It's a slow burn of a movie with a powerful ending. And it was very different from anything seen back in 2002.
Speaking with ScreenRant at this year's Comic-Con, M. Night Shyamalan reveals that a sequel may actually happen. But he's not going to do it for financial reasons. It has to be something from the heart. Something he is passionate about. Right now, Unbreakable 2 is not the movie anyone thinks it will be. The director explains.
"The idea of making something because of an opportunity has no interest at all for me. Zero. In fact, it's very off-putting to me. You know, 'Oh, we can make a lot of money'... That's so off-putting as a motivating factor. I'd have to be a f-ing w-e to do that. For me. Unbreakable is what I felt like in the year 2000. That's who I was in the year 2000....Now, there's something that's percolating in me of an approach that is maybe something of interest to me. That's the best I can say. Something is happening. I can feel it. Something is happening. It would have to be so different than Unbreakable...A studio would lose their minds because it doesn't feel at all like a sequel of any kind. It's just a whole new movie. It would be a wonderful thing. But anyway, I'm thinking about something."
This announcement comes on the heels of recent talk that M. Night Shyamalan wants to make both a TV show and a stage show based on Unbreakable. He's teased a plan that sees each sequel arriving in a different medium. Samuel L. Jackson has said that he is definitely down to return as Mr. Glass. And comedian Patton Oswalt famously pitched the director an entire trilogy that finds Bruce Willis' David Dunn forming his own Justice League of super powered humans. The likely hood of any of this happening soon is unlikely. After The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan plans on making another small movie. At this time, no specific details about that have been laid on the table. He apparently has more than one idea saved up, and has no plans to stop directing anytime soon. Will we ever see Unbreakable 2? Maybe. But it definitely sounds like it's not going to be what you are expecting.