M. Night Shyamalan Wants an Unbreakable Sequel Right Now!
by Alex Billington
October 7, 2008
If there's one sequel that I'd definitely love to see, it would be that of M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. I know I'm not the only one who loves that movie and I know I'm not the only one who wants to see a sequel. Unbreakable opened in theaters in November of 2000, which makes it nearly eight years since the film first arrived. SciFi was talking with Shyamalan during a promotion for The Happening and got him to comment on the idea of another Unbreakable. "I want to write it right now, but I want to write it for the right reasons," Shyamalan told them. Is this finally the news we've all been waiting to hear for years?!
This might finally be a dream come true. By this point in time, I thought it would never happen. But apparently Shyamalan really wants to find the right story. "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." He also goes on to talk about how many people come up to him saying that Unbreakable is their favorite movie, which is a conversation I always have amongst my friends. So many people love that movie but no one ever talks about it.
Shyamalan also goes on to talk about his experience making the film as well as the underlying theme with I think most moviegoers never acknowledge. "When Unbreakable came out, I was like, 'God, man I'm so excited.' I thought [it] was like comic books. No one has really done comic books like this: reality-based comic books. I really think this is a metaphor for things that people can go crazy over." Unfortunately the film wasn't well received in theaters. "I felt really hurt, and I couldn't bring myself to write." Now he's coming off a rather harsh reaction to The Happening, which may mean there's no better time than now to go back and visit a film which that seems to have grown own people (quite a bit) over time.
Beyond these few details, Shyamalan didn't add much more to the idea of making a sequel. It's all just an idea right now and we'll have to wait patiently to see if it plays out. My own advice for M. Night - there are really only two directions you can go to get back on the right track after The Happening mistake - either make a sequel to Unbreakable or go back to your low-budget indie roots. Anyone else agree?
Reader Feedback - 38 Comments
Unbreakable is one of the only Shamalamdingdong sequels I would like to see. I was disappointed in the crap that was The Happening.
Mike McRorey on Oct 7, 2008
Hell Yeah! Love that movie. Such a cool, different story. However, his last few outings haven't been that great so it better be a great story. Plus, be even better if Bruce came back and continued the story. A few years after where the first movie ended...
K on Oct 7, 2008
Shyamalan is busy with his Airbender movie due out in 2010 for the time being, so we won't see this Unbreakable follow-up for at least three or four years, even if he decides that 'now' is the right time for it.
vegeta on Oct 7, 2008
Gotta agree. After his first three films(meaning after Signs) his storytelling went downhill. Unbreakable was ahead of it's time in the sense that in the late 90's, the desire for everything comic book/graphic novel didn't exist in Hollywood. Now, that's all you seem to see. Especially with as he called it, "reality based comic books". Heroes is a perfect example of how this medium has made it's way into, and has been accepted by the mainstream. Along with that, one should also look at the trend of 'darker' super hero based films and stories that explore the way that these characters deal with their powers/problems. If you think back, that's EXACTLY what Unbreakable was. We're talking true origin stories embedded in reality. There was so much left to explore in this 'universe' and with both Willis' and especially Jackson's character beyond what we saw, that I think there would definitely be an audience for a sequel depending on which Shyamalan we would get; the master story teller of his earlier films, or the self-absorbed asswipe that thinks he's still the shit, who made The Village and Lady in the Water...
David on Oct 7, 2008
With the comic book craze going about, HELL YES!!! "Unbreakable" is one of the best, under-rated films based on comic book mythology. Suck it, HEROES, you Cliff Notes' version of "Watchmen"!!!
Roy on Oct 7, 2008
If I was Shyamalan, I'd want to return to that last movie that people respected me for as well -- just to figure out what went wrong. Why not a sequal to The Sixth Sense? See where little Cole is now that he's all grown up? I'm sure Haley Joel Osment has nothing better to do. Incidentally, I find nothing committal about Shyamalan's statements. He pretty much says "I'll write it if I feel like it."
Tom Brazelton on Oct 7, 2008
It would be a dream come true if he FINALLY wrote a good sequel to Unbreakable!! That movie is one of my all-time favourites!!!!!!!
Lorelei on Oct 7, 2008
That and the Sixth Sense were the only good films he's done. Unbreakable wasnt received well because no one understood the depth of it. It was an incredible film.
E on Oct 7, 2008
An unbreakable sequal would be amazing add. M. Night needs to come back and make this!!!!
Xerxex on Oct 7, 2008
i love Unbreakable. its my favorite M Night film. But a sequel, come on guys. he can bearly make original movies now let alone a sequel. hell, even if he was at the top of his game i doubt he could do it. it just cant be done.
Al on Oct 7, 2008
An Unbreakable film is exactly what the comic book world needs right now.
Kent on Oct 7, 2008
Unbreakable was a pretty terrible film. The acting was incredibly overwrought and melodramatic and the premise, that an obsessed comic book fan would cause accidents all over the place in order to find a real-life superhero, was unfathomably stupid. The only film Shyamalan ever did that was good was The Sixth Sense. And it was not just good, but great. The guy needs to be seen for what he is: a filmmaker who had only one really good idea. Even people who like Unbreakable usually think everything that followed wasn't any good. So why is this guy still getting things greenlit?
Krug on Oct 7, 2008
Shamalamawhatever definetly has no credibility right now; but Unbreakable, if you like character driven superhero stories, was pretty awesome. The pacing wasnt for everyone, but a sequel would be perfect since the movie ended right when everything was primed to happen. That movie was a prequel before you were even interested in the characters. It could be awesome. . . .but it probably wont be (if it happens). Thats how much faith i have in the washed up, sea-wreck of a career that man has made for himself.
Voice Of Reason on Oct 7, 2008
Yes yes yes and yes again. Give us an Unbreakable sequel Shyamalan and not some awful "day of the triffids" clone. Thought I was the only one in the world who wanted an Unbreakable sequel!
RantingMan on Oct 7, 2008
I would love to see a sequel to Unbreakable. But first, I think Night needs to go out and direct something someone else wrote. I think the reason the quality of his last few films have dipped, is that he's just worn our writing, directing, producing every film he does. A couple of easy one's might help him recharge creatively!
mrpsychodrome on Oct 7, 2008
I love Shyamalan. I think it would be cool if he directs material he did not write, in addition to stuff he does write. Sequel to UNBREAKABLE would be awesome. But, it would have to be done carefully in this atmosphere of "Comic Book Movies Galore." The beauty of UNBREAKABLE was that it was so different. So the sequel needs to be different as well. Meaning, the sequel should stay true to the rules of the world and feel, created in UNBREAKABLE, and NOT give in to current comic book movie trends like TV's "Heroes," or any other stuff out there.
R. on Oct 7, 2008
I absolutely loved this movie. However, i think a sequel to it would be a horrible idea. The twist in the movie based on the premise is what made the movie exciting. Now that everything is exposed, I can't really see a need to want to watch more. The best part after watching this movie after you have finished it once (like the Sixth Sense), is seeing everything pertaining to the climax and subtle things you had missed b/c you didn't know any better.
L on Oct 7, 2008
Just when I was beginning to doubt the FS.net faithful, you guys give me a glimmer of hope by leaving a page full of comments that show you AREN'T all complete douchebags and morons, no offense! The fact that so many of us are willing to forgive and forget The Happening and that fairy tale movie about the mermaid-thing who fights bush-creatures and still give M. Night his props for Unbreakable is a very welcome sign of our overall maturity.
kevjohn on Oct 7, 2008
Just because he's going to write the script doesn't mean this movie will even come close to being made. I can't imagine a major studio financing this after the first one bombed. I liked it as the opening of a trilogy, but on it's own, Unbreakable just doesn't hold up as a great movie. Shyamalan probably could finance it himself, but even with the current trend of superhero movies killing at the box office, this would be a huge gamble.
Fatal Error on Oct 7, 2008
unbreakable was one great movie on its own or as a trilogy. I think it would be incredible if he does decide to make a sequel. it was a great story and an awesome idea I really hope he does make this movie. it may just be the thing he needs. but only if he can write it the way that it should be.
tyler on Oct 7, 2008
I vaguely remember reading something that M. Night had envisioned Unbreakable as a trilogy. Unbreakable was the first film and it was to be followed by Breakable and then Broken. My friends kind of look at me strange when I tell them I prefer Unbreakable over The Sixth Sense (both are neck and neck). Then I point out the direction, like, "notice how in the train sequence the interaction is through the viewpoint of the child passenger in front. The camera never cuts away, it just goes back and forth between Willis and the female passenger."
Travis on Oct 7, 2008
Man, fuck Shyamalan. He owe me money, correction he owes a lot of us money for tricking us into seeing Signs, The Village, Lady In The Water, and the Happening at $7.50 per movie I want my $30 back. Unbreakable had a very good story indeed his second best story line, the only action was in the last 15-20 minutes of the film! But when Mr. Glass fell down them stairs, lol that was classic. I'd like to see a sequel but damn he needs to send us a refund for the trash he's given us. But even still who's gonna fund it, who's gonna watch it? Because the first one bombed at the box office and Marvel is releasing the hounds I'm not watching that over Batman 3, Ironman 2, Hulk 2, Avengers, Captain America, etc...
Kilo Alpha on Oct 7, 2008
love that move. love it. wife fell asleep in the theater, but i loved it.
Justin on Oct 7, 2008
no one forced you to watch signs, the village, lady in the water or the happening. You paid your own money to see it. So buyer beware.
Red Buttons on Oct 7, 2008
I don't know whats the deal with "The Happening" and the bad rap it gets. This movie just didn't seem as bad to me when I watched. It was a different story something that we are not really accustomed to see when we go into the movie to watch a suspense movie Ill give you that but it was creepy as hell anyways. This flick kept me on the edge of my sit the entire time. The way he just makes a simple movie scary and tense with just sounds and light is just brilliant. To me I think his worst movie was "Lady in the Water" ...now that was crap.
Damian on Oct 7, 2008
For the record I watched Unbreakable when it first came out and I completely hated it, but since watching it again recently after taking some film courses I simply love it. So I definitely agree that it was ahead of its time. But a sequel? How would that work? I don't see any possible continuing storyline that would make sense...please enlighten me if anyone has any idea where he could take the story.
peloquin on Oct 8, 2008
I wonder what Mr. Glass has up his sleeve..
malax on Oct 8, 2008
Not sure if it was mentioned, but I believe M. Night originally planned on making an Unbreakable trilogy. So I figured that he must have a basic storyline in mind, no?
I-Train on Oct 8, 2008
Why not have M. Night write the sequel for 'Unbreakable' and have the guy that directed 'The Dark Knight' to direct it...p.s. but don't forget to give M. Night a walk on role!
Markmos on Oct 8, 2008
It's a great movie but I see the chances of a sequel at this point at about 10% at best. It's just so long after the fact and Shyamalan is in career free fall!
entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com on Oct 8, 2008
I hated UNBREAKABLE. The only Shyamalan movies I hav ever liked were THE SIXTH SENSE and SIGNS and THE VILLAGE (yes, I know, the Village).
Ryan on Oct 8, 2008
I for one am both very very excited about Avatar: The Last Airbender movie and deathly afraid of how he could completely ruin one of the best cartoons i've ever seen. For anyone who has watched the Avatar series it is one of the best i've ever seen. I has so many elements that as a story made for kids has so many themes to address. I think Night is a good story teller but in some ways has much to bring to the screen as a director. I was a fan of Signs mostly because it didn't show you much, and made you as the viewer sit on the edge of your seat. With Gibsons coldness, matched with Phoenix in the same way in a time of complete blind fear was deadly. The Village was the same way, quiet yet silenty deafening with the story. But as we all know the Happening just didn't happen at all. I hope the live action Avatar is done well, or i'll forever shame myself for not doing it first. I had already written some shorts for how bending could be done live action...and then I found out someone was doing it.
Darren on Oct 11, 2008
LOL That Movie sucked ass. Anyone who would want to make a sequel to it is an idiot. Have fun bombing retard!!
clerksfan on Oct 16, 2008
OH MY GOD. I just finished watching this movie, for the 5th time. I said to mysel. " Why wasnt there a sequel to this movie?" I went online and typed in my question and it brought me here! GO FIGURE! THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN! What an incredible flick! You need the players tho. It was a powerful performance by both. They work so well together.
dj on Nov 14, 2008
For the record. I liked signs! I really do not have a problem with his movies. They are different. Do not go in the direction that seems to be the normal. Is this why people do not like it? They like the same old hum drum predictable shit..
dj on Nov 14, 2008
i've watching the credits roll now ... and to begin the sequel with Mr. Glass leaving the "asylum for the criminally insane" would be awesome ...
Julio on Nov 15, 2008
To protect M. Night' vision of "Unbreakable", I think making a comic series first would improve the chances of a successful sequal. I would love a actual "unbreakable" comic. Especially if M. Night wrote it and say Todd Macfarlane(Spawn), Jim Lee(Wildcats), or Brian Hitch(Ultimates) did the art. Question is who would publish it and will you read it?
Th on Jan 30, 2009
Hi Guys! Here are my views on his movies - 1) Sixth Sense - Ahead of its times. This unconventional horror flick was different, tautly made and absolutely confusing the first time you watch it. It took me three times of rewinding to get the subtle hints and scenes that I hadnt taken notice of earlier to understand the whole story back then. Result ? I liked the movie very much. 2) Unbreakable - Utterly confusing for me - the lay man as to what the fuck is happening in almost every scene between the willis and jackson guys. I was expecting jackson to have exploited willis' unbreakability in order to cure himself or something of that sort. didnt happen. perhaps that could be the next sequel idea. On seeing hte movie thrice again, its grown on to me. Moreso than the sixth sense. Result? I find this movie BETTER than the Sixth Sense. 3) Signs - this was his first movie that I genuinely understood easily from start to end. Result? I liked the movie. Not his best but STILL GOOD 4) Lady in the Water - Didnt understand a thing from start to end. Couldnt dare watching it again. Result ? This is the highest level of NONSENSE ever known or gifted to mankind since Tom Cruise hid his sexuality marrying his first wife, then kidman then blah blah blah. 5) The Village - I liked the movie very much. How innovative is the idea that a certain area of land has not been discovered and these people have no contact with the real world. Think of how it could be possible that there may be an island which has never been discovered on planet earth and there might be people who have never been in touch with other people? I liked this movie very much 6) The Happening - You guys have the gall to say that this could NEVER be possible ?? Something weird in this world where things are so unpredictable, something that fucks your mind up is not possible ? I loved this movie. His movies are slow paced, and thats why people dont tend to like it. Just because Sixth Sense was the first of its kind, people have consistently expected him to surprise time and again. But then movies cant just surprise and shock you everytime. just watch the movie as a movie and see how it goes. I watched the Book of Eli lately, and slept thru the entire movie in the theatre and wanted to thrash denzel washington for this movie. But when i think of the movie and see it again, i realise the depth of the movie. Now this movie isnt Shyamalan's but on the same lines of slow pace and unconventionality. And now when I watched it again, I realise the plot of having faith in something , be it god or anythign that helps you hold on to the thought of better life - is such a beautiful plot. I personally loved every single movie of M. Night minus the total fiasco called Lady in the Water. Every movie is not about breathtaking Spiderman special effects. A man who has the sheer talent to make you sit at the edge of your seat every single time minus gory makeup, or special effects, trussme that mans talent is far superior to a James Cameron or even a Steven Spielberg who need special effects to enthrall you. what is an Avatar minus its 3 d ? Crap. Kudos to M. Night Shyamalan. its a pity a man who has such immense talent in his craft is always being hit below the belt just because the common man could not see sense in his style of movie making .
Errol Miranda on Jan 25, 2010
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