M. Night Shyamalan Says 'Unbreakable' Sequel Still 'Getting Closer'
Back in September of 2010, it sounded like chances of seeing a sequel to M. Night Shyamalan's sophomore effort Unbreakable went out the window. At the time, the director said, "I cannibalized the idea for the sequel to Unbreakable for one of the Night Chronicles." The series of films kicked off with Devil, but there hasn't been talk of any follow-ups. Anyway, the idea was a villain originally written to appear in Unbreakable, but ended up being saved for the second film, and then supposedly repurposed for a future standalone project. But now Shyamalan says an Unbreakable sequel is "getting closer" to becoming a reality.
In an interview at Huffington Post, Shyamalan talks about the difficulty of the sequel before giving some hope, "It's a harder one for me because -- it's getting closer, by the way." But that sounds like something we've been hearing for years. But Shyamalan explains why it's been held up. The director explained that each of his movies provides some sort of therapy for himself, and the issue with an Unbreakable sequel seems to be that it would merely be fun. Shyamalan says, "'It's such a fun thing' is squashing my ability to find the thing that's connecting me with it. Does that make sense? So, I don't feel like I did it for agenda reasons. So, slowly I'm getting a story in my head that I feel like is able to tell what I'm feeling right now."
Basically, it sounds like Shyamalan isn't making the film because he has an agenda to please fans or duplicate the success of the previous film, but he's trying to find some sort of personal connection to the story. Shyamalan says, "The story of a guy who kind of wakes up with a little gray feeling in the morning, I love that character. It's something that I feel and I want to talk more about that character." Fans of that first film have certainly been waiting to see what the follow-up would bring for Bruce Willis, so here's hoping we actually find out in the next few years. Do you still want an Unbreakable sequel?