If you thought that Hollywood had run out of films to make sequels to, have we got some news for you! M. Night Shyamalan is back and talking about writing a sequel to his $95 million dollar grossing film Unbreakable. Which we feel begs the question: Why?
According to Mr. Shyamalan, the answer to that lays with the film’s many fans. The embattled director told scifiwire that: “[O]ver the years, as it just grew and grew and grew, and people were like, ‘You know, I really like that. That’s actually my favorite movie, and I watch that all the time,’ and on and on. I’ll be on the street, and some kid will run across traffic with it in his backpack – he just is carrying it in his backpack – and he’ll be running [saying], ‘I can’t believe it’s you!’ Will you sign my Unbreakable DVD?’ And quoting the thing and all that stuff.” Um, okay!
Mr. Shyamalan’s follow-up to The Sixth Sense was a slow-moving mood piece that ultimately proved to be an ahead-of-its-time comic book movie. (We’re pretty sure Hancock couldn’t have existed without it.) And while we’ll take Mr. Shymalan on his word that Unbreakable has its fans, we can’t imagine a majority of the viewing public being excited about a sequel. Honestly, we barely remember anything about the Bruce Willis/Samuel L. Jackson film, with the exception of Mr. Jackson’s ridiculous looking hair. Come on, it came out in 2000! On top of that, Mr. Shyamalan hasn’t even written anything yet, so that would put its release date at least ten years after the original first appeared. Who is the audience for this?
In the meantime, M. Night’s latest disaster, The Happening, is out on DVD today. We suggest Netflix’ing it only because it was easily the worst major release we’ve seen in theaters this decade.