So MTV Movies’ Joshua Horowitz and I both get a lot of flak for our love of M. Night Shyamalan’s dark superhero movie “Unbreakable,” but that hasn’t stopped us from pestering the filmmaker about a potential sequel every time we have the chance.
Back in June during “The Last Airbender” press junket, the filmmaker told me he was searching for “the right story” for “Unbreakable 2.” Now, promoting the first of his “Night Chronicles” film series, “Devil,” Shyamalan once again fielded the question — and revealed that his “Unbreakable 2” story will indeed hit the big screen, but as a completely different film.
“I cannibalized the idea for the sequel to ’Unbreakable’ for one of the ’Night Chronicles,'” revealed Shyamalan.
“It was such a cool idea for a villain, and it was actually originally in the script for ’Unbreakable,’ and it was too much,” he said of his reasons for excising the element that was intended to become “Unbreakable 2.” “There were too many villains, so I pulled this villain out and was like, ’I’ll make this the second flick.'”
However, as the filmmaker got caught up in other projects and “Unbreakable 2” became less likely, the seed of that idea still managed to grow.
“I fleshed it out more and more, and thought, ’This could be a standalone movie,'” he said. “I’ll just say it: the third ’Night Chronicles’ movie is what would have been the sequel [to ’Unbreakable’]. So now I need to come up with a new idea.”
Shyamalan also semi-validated “Unbreakable” fans’ appreciation for the 2000 film, admitting that it’s also one of his own favorites.
“Literally, that’s the question I get asked the most anywhere around the world — if I’m making the sequel to ’Unbreakable,'” he laughed. “I love that movie. ’Unbreakable’ and ’The Village’ are my favorite two movies of mine.”
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