Fans of M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable have spent the last decade hoping for a sequel to the 2000 film. The now less-than-heralded auteur has announced that Unbreakable 2 will make its way to the big screen – in the form of the third entry in his Night Chronicles series.
Unbreakable failed to replicate the box office and critical success of Shyamalan’s breakout hit The Sixth Sense – at least upon its initial release. The tale of a real-life superhero is now regarded by many a moviegoer as both their favorite Shyamalan film and arguably his all-around best creation.
Rumors that Shyamalan’s newest project would be Unbreakable 2 were dispelled a few months back – that has not stopped fans from continuing to pester him about the sequel. Shyamalan was asked about his plans for an Unbreakable followup by MTV this week when he revealed the following:
“I cannibalized the idea for the sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ for one of the ‘Night Chronicles’… It was such a cool idea for a villain, and it was actually originally in the script for ‘Unbreakable,’ and it was too much. There were too many villains, so I pulled this villain out and was like, ‘I’ll make this the second flick.”
“… 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.”
The screen story for the first entry in the Night Chronicles, Devil, was written by Shyamalan, but he neither scripted nor directed the feature. That could change with the third chapter, especially since it may provide Shyamalan with the best opportunity to realize his Unbreakable 2 plans on the big screen.
Devil is a relatively low-budget production and should do satisfactory business at the box office – which would pave the way for parts 2 and 3 of the Night Chronicles to be made as well. For better or for worse, a sequel to Unbreakable in some form looks very likely to happen at this juncture.
We will keep you updated on the status of Unbreakable 2 as more news comes in.