Shyamalan considers Unbreakable 2
M. Night Shyamalan has been talking about his film future, and he's been discussing the possibility of a sequel to Unbreakable, or at least another film that is based around the comic book theme.
I'm excited about the idea of an Unbreakable sequel, but it cannot – and I really mean to stress this – do anything to affect the strength of the original, that is a must. What might be interesting is another comic-book in reality story.
Either way M. Night Shyamalan is interested in doing another film. He was talking about it recently and when asked about a possible sequel he said:
“I genuinely just asked this question the other day — should I make Unbreakable 2? I do love the [comic book movie] genre, I just wanna make sure that I’m able to express who I am...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.”
I do hope he keeps making films, sure he's had a few stumbling blocks – although far from the drops in his career that the media make them out to be – but look at other film-makers and you can see much longer careers littered with some terrible films, why is this guy getting all the flack? What, do you want M. Night Shyamalan to stop making films and Uwe Boll to continue?
Anyway, that's not the point here, the real discussion is about should they have a second Unbreakable film and revist the characters of David Dunn, the man who realises there's something special about him, and Mr Glass, the man who discovers Dunn and helps him realise what he is, all at the expense of the lives of hundreds of people.
Personally I loved the film, it's a wonderful idea, beautifully brought to the big screen, and amazingly thought through. In many ways I believe this is better than Sixth Sense. Talk to critics though and they don't like it, after all it doesn't meet what they think a Shyamalan film should be...that template having been created with just one 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 [expletive removed - Richard] dead people.”
Great point and well made, however Unbreakable is much better than Jackie Brown. Originally it seems that the film was meant to be a trilogy, but the poor reviews and critics who are full of themselves and want to be personalities more than enjoy films, destroyed that idea.
Shyamalan admits that the critics got to him too, something you don't hear film-makers admitting to very often, but how could anyone not be affected by the continual backlash he receives?
“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...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.”
It's not too late and you could really do a second film, and a third. Apparently he even talked to Jackson and Bruce Willis about where the characters would go. With Jackson's Glass breaking out of prison and Willis' hero reluctantly going after him, it could have continued to develop the superhero story in real life, and probably to great success.
I would definitely want to see more of the Unbreakable series, what about you?