‘Unbreakable 2′: Shyamalan is Keeping Sequel Hopes Alive

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I’m ready to tell you a secret. Even though you may not see it on virtually any of the marketing materials, this week’s sci-fi survival drama, After Earth – starring father/son stars Will and Jaden Smith – is actually the newest film from Sixth Sense and The Village director, M. Night Shyamalan (twist ending!).

As such, Shyamalan has been out making rounds and promoting the film, which has ONCE AGAIN led to questions about a Unbreakable 2, the long-rumored sequel to the filmmaker’s 2000 ‘real-world’ superhero origin story starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

When sitting down with MTV, Shyamalan had the following to say about the Unbreakable sequel when asked if he’s put any further thought into it:

I have seriously, actually. And again, it’s the same conversation we’ve been having, which is as long as it can be connected to something I’m feeling right now then it’ll work for me, it’ll be valid and I’ll enjoy it. If I feel like it’s a mechanical thing – I’m doing it because it’ll be profitable or successful – it’ll just be so hollow.

I can look at [my] movies and regardless of their success or their reception they’re honest to me and they represent who I am. That’s an amazing thing to be able to say, you know? So my agenda is to make another one  – I just have to figure out a plot and a thing that makes sense… I’m close. I’m closer. On my dresser table I have like a whole list of notes about it.

All things being honest, at this point it’s as hard to put faith in Shyamalan’s plans for the future as it is to lend interest to the idea of seeing Unbreakable 2. In the case of Shyamalan, our own Unbreakable 2 news archive reveals an unmistakable pattern to the last few years: Every time Shyamalan releases a film he talks up the idea of more Unbreakable, then his latest film gets panned, and Unbreakable 2 possibilities evaporate. In the case of the sequel itself: the first film succeeded by offering something Hollywood really wasn’t delivering at the time (superhero movies); these days, the very thought of such a world seems laughable.

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That’s all to say: fewer and fewer people are asking for this to happen – and fewer people are interested in Shyamalan at the helm of making it happen. With Willis and Jackson both aging, and a generation who demand nothing less than an Avengers-level superhero experience… I could go on…

Besides, by Shyamalan’s own prior admission he’s already “cannibalized” a great Unbreakable 2 idea for the third film in his Night Chronicles series – which has yet to actually release a sequel to the 2010 film, Devil. Depending on the performance of After Earth (or lack thereof), Shyamalan may have trouble finishing his Chronicles – let alone creating a new, better idea for Unbreakable 2 and getting it to the screen.

Maybe we should all settle for the possibility of an eventual Incredibles sequel?


After Earth will be in theaters on May 31, 2013.

Source: MTV

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  1. I’ve love to see Unbreakable 2 but I also have an interest in the rest of the Chronicles movies since I enjoyed Devil.

    Actually, the only Shyamalan movie I haven’t liked was The Last Airbender.

    • You actually liked The Happening?

      • To be honest, I liked The Happening. Very interesting imo and kept me guessing. Having said that, I still expected more, but it didn’t make it a bad movie in my eyes.

        I’d love to see Unbreakable 2 happen.

  2. I don’t think Shyamalan will have the clout to make Unbreakable 2 happen even if After Earth is a hit. I can’t see enough interest from the studio or from Bruce Willis and Sam L Jackson to make this possible.

  3. After earth is rocking a solid 12%… you rock m

  4. Unbreakable is one of my favorite movies. Idk how well a sequel would work though. Especially with Nights track record as of late.

  5. Unbreakable 2 doesn’t have to star Willis or Jackson, it is 13 years later and it can star his son Spencer (who developed powers later). Willis can have a cameo as his father showing him how to use his powers ala Elijah and then create a story from there.

    Jackson can still be the main villain orchestrating the search for another Unbreakable who is evil, kills Willis and then Spencer has to fight him in the end.

    And cast Jai Courtney as Spencer… hehe.

    • Theres no way a sequel like that could live up to the original. Hell, I dont think any sequel could live up to the first Unbreakable.

    • Without any significant involvement from Willis or Jackson I seriously doubt any studio would even greenlight an Unbreakable sequel.

  6. They’re actually letting Shyamalan out to promote After Earth?

  7. Unbreakable was a fantastic movie. No Willis, no Jackson = No interst.

  8. If After Earth tanks as it looks like it might it is hard to
    imagine anything coming after for M. Night Shyamalan.

  9. UNBREAKABLE is sequel-proof; the movie with its brilliant surprise ending is a thing-in-itself. To do a follow-up film would be like doing a continuation of THE SIXTH SENSE. No matter how sober the screenplay and measured the direction, it would be ridiculous. Forget about it.

    • M Night’s been talking about a sequel since Unbreakable released though and while I forget what the ideas were, it did sound fantastic and made a lot of sense.

    • The fact that M. Night put that surprise ending in that film ruined it for me. Up to that point it was brilliant. Willis and Jackson were excellent, and Willis at that time was really on board for a sequel, and was disappointed that M. Night was not.
      The ending was a cop-out, sincerely unneeded. This film had “series” written all over it-a real super hero. Too bad this happened, but I don’t think you can go back now and fix it. But I may be wrong-look how well the Star Trek franchise is doing. Who would have thought?

  10. Unbreakable was good because it was released at a time when there was very little superhero movies out there, now we are over saturated with them, its been left too long for Unbreakable 2, it has no relevance and I can’t imagine many people even remembering the first one!

    Why not have a sixth sense sequel?

    The Sixth Sense 2: Dead and Loving It!!

    • The Village 2: the secret of the ooze.

  11. I would love to see a sequel to Unbreakable,iNCREDIBLES 2, and Prometheus but i do not figure they will ever do them. or Creature from the black lagoon,Island of dr moreau, and splice 2.

  12. Unbreakable was a great movie. Not only did it come at a time when superhero movies weren’t as abundant as they are today. However, it took a real in-depth look at the mythology surrounding superheroes and comics. Add to that the hero discovering his powers and the relationship he has with his family and the villain and you have a very intelligent movie.

    I disagree with the article that suggests a sequel wouldn’t work these days with the plethora of “big” superhero movie around at the moment. Take Chronicle as an example. No costumes, no huge battles (apart from the one at the end) and yet it sits just as comfortably alongside Batman or Avengers (admittedly for different reasons).

    I think a sequel with Bruce Willis could definitely work. Yes he’s older, but why is that a crime? Superheroes are allowed to age. I think the introduction of a different villain forcing Willis to come out of retirement could be interesting in a “Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller” sort of way. But if it does happen, please, please, PLEASE do not let Shyamalan have anything to do with it (except maybe as producer). Apart from Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense he hasn’t made a good movie. How does he keep getting work?

    • Chronicle had kids flying through the air and having telekinetic battles while laying waste to a metropolitan area.

      Unbreakable had Bruce Willis lifting a lot of weights and choking a guy out while being able to take a lot slams into a wall.

      I see the point you’re going for, but the films are not as equivalent as you make them out to be. At all.

  13. great gatsby had bad ratings but was a fan favorite so listen/read close……sthu and watch after earth for yourself stop letting movie critics get the best of your judgement

    • AMEN to THAT!

  14. Unbreakable is a 4-star film that’d be sullied by an unnecessary sequel.

    • A good movie will always be a good movie, no matter how bad the sequels are.

  15. I’ve always loved Unbreakable. My favorites are Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village.


    it’s also one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite movies.

  16. I cannot believe Shyamalan is considered for anything in Hollywood.

    His films are ridiculous (other than 6th sense).

    “Bat away” as a payoff because no one would have thought what to do with a baseball bat in their hand when confronted by aliens without that little tip.

    Aliens who’s weakness is water invade a planet where the people of that planet have enough to wipe them out of existence.

    Sorry but the guy is an amateur.

    • Actually, it was “Swing Away”, and this was one of M. Night’s best films.
      Gibson was excellent.

  17. Unbreakable was great, have you seen it? And The Village wasnt bad either..

  18. M Night would be alright as long as he doesn’t pull silly in-movie stunts to promote himself. That and if he manages to bring back his Sixth Sense’s touch.
    Maybe they are trying to hitch a ride on the currently hot superhero genre. Well, it’s their money and time and reputations. Anyway,if Grumpy Cat’s getting a shot, why not Unbreakable 2 ?

  19. I really liked Unbreakable. I’d watch a sequel.

  20. Please no, Unbreakable was great because of many things, but one of the main ones is the ending which is ambiguous.

  21. Unbreakable was an ‘Elseworlds’ an ‘ol school grahic novel (when comic graphic novels were really ‘graphic novels’) 😉

  22. Stop.


    Just… stop.

  23. 1. Sixth Sense- GREAT
    2. Unbreakable- GREAT
    3. Signs- GREAT
    4. The Village- GOOD
    5. Lady In The Water- BAD
    6. The Happening- BAD
    7. The Last Airbender- HORRIFIC
    8. After Earth- WON’T SEE

    You may think I’m not excited for Unbreakable 2. Well, I am.
    It’s believed that Shyamalan will be using bits from the original Unbreakable to create this sequel. YAYAYAYAYAYYAy!!!!


    If this movie hits theaters in the next 2-3 years, I’ll call up my friend (who likes Unbreakable, too), and we’ll drive down to the movies and see it.

    He actually may pull this one off. :)

  24. David gets divorced and becomes estranged from his son who grows up to be a cop. His visions are making him depressed and unstable as he cannot possibly stop all crime. His son does not have his fathers power and is envious of him. they reconnect somehow. maybe david drinks to suppress his powers. Elijah escapes from jail somehow and now has goons like the joker or the penguin would and comes after davids family and maybe kills his ex wife or sumthing. they fight everybody dies except for the son

  25. I will sooooooooooo go see this if it’s ever made the first one was badass I wanna see it develope I’d wanna see a third too