First off, I’ll say my favorite M. Night Shyamalan film and the one I feel is most re-watchable is Unbreakable. The comic book-based film was released in 1999 and featured a cast of two A-list actors in Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.
When Unbreakable first came out, it was met with mixed criticism. Although it later became a hit and one of the better films under his belt, M. Night was discouraged from continuing on with that idea due to some of the negative initial reaction to the movie.
That mixed response was nothing compared to what he faced with his more recent films. Mr. Shyamalan has really hurt his fan base with his last two features: Lady in the Water and The Happening. Both of these films earned lower-than-expected box office gross and were met with overwhelmingly negative feedback (including here at Screen Rant).
Now is the time to turn back to what made M. Night so successful in the past by working on projects that the fans want – and it seems this just may be exactly the case. Speaking with Sci-Fi Wire about a possible Unbreakable sequel, M.Night said:
“I want to write it right now, but I want to write it for the right reasons. I want a story to pop into my head that is organic and expressive of who I am.”
I was fooled into seeing The Happening, but luckily missed out on Lady in the Water. I am therefore reluctant to see another original M. Night film. However, if it is an Unbreakable sequel then I’ll pre-order my tickets as soon as they’re available.
I think they should of done this a while ago. This could have easily continued as a franchise trilogy and with the emergence of the comic-book movie genre over the last few years, they should be getting on this project right away!
I would imagine that Bruce Willis would have to be back as the lead, and I would certainly hope to see Mr. Glass (Sam L.) make a return. A project like this is exactly what could flip the downslide of Shyamalan at the box office. It could also help build confidence and re-kindle the his dwindling fan base in preparation for the upcoming The Last Airbender trilogy that he is signed on for.
What do you guys think? Will you give M. Night another chance? Are you in for more Unbreakable action?
Source: Sci Fi Wire