M. Night Shyamalan has a few projects on his plate these days, but some unfinished business keeps calling to him.
Although he's not the box-office powerhouse he once was, the Sixth Sense and Signs director remains as busy as ever. He's executive producer on the upcoming Fox miniseries Wayward Pines, for which he also directed the pilot, and he just recently self-financed the production of his next movie, The Visit, which was picked up for release by Universal.
But one unrealized project from his past keeps nagging at him: Unbreakable 2. Shyamalan has spoken for years about wanting to do a sequel to his stealth superhero drama, and in a new interview with Collider, he revealed that he still thinks about making it:
"Yeah, I do sometimes. I love those characters and I love that world. Of course, the whole world makes comic book movies now. At the time, it was completely novel. I remember when I made it, Disney was literally like, 'Comic books?! There’s no market for comic books!' That’s all they make now! It was a hilarious conversation. I remember it. I was like, 'Maybe you’re right. Maybe nobody will come see comic book movies.' They were like, 'Those are people in little conventions who like comic books.' And I was like, 'But, I like comic books!'"
How ironic that Disney, now home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was leery of making and distributing a comic-book movie just 15 years ago. Shyamalan also explained why it would be interesting to see how his version of a superhero story would play in the comic-book-movie-saturated world of today:
"The beauty of the world of Unbreakable is that you’re playing it for reality. It should never feel like a comic book movie. It feels like a straight-up drama. It’s real. You’re confronting the possibility that comic book characters were based on people that were real. That’s the premise, so the tone has to be super grounded. It would be cool."
Do you think that a continuation of Shyamalan's "grounded" superhero saga would hold up well in a market dominated by mega-movies like The Avengers and Batman v. Superman? Or was Unbreakable a unique creation that should be left alone?