In 2000, the biggest comic book movie was Bryan Singer‘s first X-Men movie. Fifteen years later and that franchise is still going strong, so why not have another superhero film from that year get the sequel treatment? In a fascinating reversal, at the time it was director M. Night Shyamalan that was hot and comic book movies that were not, which might be part of the reason why Shyamalan’s follow-up to his smash hit The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, was not as successful as the “I see dead people” movie. So maybe now that comic book movies are in fashion, a sequel to Unbreakable, which was heavily inspired by comic books, would not be out of question. Shyamalan, who’s in a bit of a rut himself now, seems to agree.
Unbreakable starred Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a security guard that discovers he may have some superhuman abilities after he’s the sole survivor of a train crash. He meets a man named Elijah Price played by Samuel L. Jackson, who not only understands David’s power and purpose, but is himself David’s opposite, his bone’s are as brittle as glass. At the end of the film, David learns that Elijah caused the train accident he survived, thus leaving things open for a potential sequel, one that never materialized given the poor box office performance of Unbreakable.
While promoting his new series Wayward Pines with Collider, Shyamalan talked about his love for the world of Unbreakable and how Hollywood has changed so much in the last decade and a half:
“I love those characters and I love that world. Of course, the whole world makes comic book movies now. At the time, it was completely novel. I remember when I made it, Disney was literally like, ‘Comic books?! There’s no market for comic books!’ That’s all they make now! It was a hilarious conversation.”
Hilarious indeed since Disney now owns a comic book company and funnels just about all its decisions though it. But whereas the Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with big characters with big powers facing big crises, Shyamalan wants to keep things grounded.
“It feels like a straight-up drama. It’s real. You’re confronting the possibility that comic book characters were based on people that were real. That’s the premise, so the tone has to be super grounded. It would be cool.”
Unbreakable’s gained a following in the last 15 years, with many movie fans, myself including, citing it as Shyamalan’s best film to date. Of course, that’s not hard with The Last Airbender and After Earth in contention for that title, but Unbreakable definitely remains a highlight for the filmmaker. Shyamalan’s talked about making a trilogy of films before, and as much as a like the idea of an Unbreakable sequel though, I can’t help but feel as though the time for that has come and gone. Or maybe it’s just the ongoing feeling that Night’s lost his mojo permanently.
Anyway, what do you Bastards think? Want to see an Unbreakable sequel or should Shyamalan leave well enough alone before he ruins something else? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Cinema Blend