Good God, did I love M. Night’s Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable”. No, let me rephrase that. Good God, did I love 90% of M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable”. It was the perfect comic book movie set in the real world, with all the limitations and constraints of said real world. And then Night decided to give the hero psychic powers toward the end, and it all went to shit. But before that? Wow, quite possibly the best superhero movie ever made where no one climbed up walls or jumped off buildings in a cape and cowl. So how about a sequel, Night? Apparently I’m not the only one asking that question, because according to the man himself, everywhere he goes, people ask him the same thing: Will there be a sequel to “Unbreakable”, which was always meant to be a trilogy?
Here’s what Shyamalan told MTV about that:
“I tell you I get asked about it all the time, so it’s not [an idea] I ever forget,” Shyamalan told MTV News. “I genuinely just asked this question the other day — should I make ‘Unbreakable 2’?
“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,” he explained. “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.
“I do love the [comic book movie] genre, I just wanna make sure that I’m able to express who I am,” explained Shyamalan. “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.”
According to Shyamalan, the sequel (had it happened) would have put Samuel L. Jackson’s mass-murdering Elijah Price in a mental institution for his crimes, where he would eventually break out, with David Dunn (Bruce Willis) in hot pursuit. Now I don’t know if that would have made a good sequel, but maybe it’s all a moot point now that “Unbreakable”, much like Ang Lee’s “Hulk”, have been accepted by the sheep movie committee as a spectacular failure, even though it was anything but.
Below: M. Night ponders where it all went wrong. Was it the “aliens are afraid of water” movie, or the “trees are coming to get us” movie…?