Unbreakable is my favorite M. Night Shyamalan movie. I loved the flick, and I've been wondering if he would actually ever get around to making a sequel. He's talked about it in the past, and we know he's been working on it, but he just took a huge step in making it happen. He talks about how it all came about in an upcoming issue of EW.
I have to warn you, though, this article contains some major spoilers for his new film Split:
In case you're wondering what Split has to do with the Unbreakable sequel... Split is set in the same universe as Unbreakable! If you haven't seen Split yet, you really need to because it's a pretty great flick, and that's something I never thought I'd say again about a Shyamalan film. One of the coolest aspects of it is that the end of the film even features Bruce Willis back in his role as David Dunn! I freaked out! It was one of Shyamalan's best and most exciting twist endings!
If you want to know how that ended goes down, here's a breakdown from EW:
The movie concludes with McAvoy’s character, who has gained the ability to transform into a 24th personality with supernatural strength called the Beast, on the loose, having escaped capture by the authorities. We then join the action in a busy diner as patrons are watching a TV news report about this man, who the media has dubbed “The Horde” because of his multiple personalities. One woman says that the story reminds her of another case, from years ago, involving “a funny guy in a wheelchair, what was his name?”
The camera turns and we see Bruce Willis, wearing a security guard work shirt that says “Dunn,” as he utters while looking up at the TV screen, “Mr. Glass.” That’s the nickname, of course, of Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Unbreakable, who in that movie’s surprise finale revealed himself to be a supervillain — in contrast with Willis’ David Dunn, a superhero.
How cool is that! It's a perfect set-up for an Unbreakable sequel! In an interview with the magazine, Shyamalan talked about Split and revealed that the villain in it was the original villain he wanted to use in the first Unbreakable film:
"This character, Kevin from Split, was in the original script of Unbreakable. The original draft of Unbreakable focused on David Dunn and Elijah as his mentor. Elijah tells him, 'You’re a comic book character, go try it.' And instead of bumping into the Orange Suit Man, David bumps into one of Kevin’s personalities and goes to save the girls. So you’d have been watching the girls side of it the whole time. That was the outline."
He talked about coming up with the ending for Split, which was always the plan, saying:
"Yeah. The movie’s over, you all know that in the audience, but now I’m playing you Unbreakable music, James Newton Howard’s great score. A third of the audience is like, 'Wait, what’s happening?' Their minds are kind of reeling. I screened it in Austin in September at Fantastic Fest and when the woman says the word 'wheelchair,' the place freaked out. Some people in the audience were screaming out 'Mr. Glass' before Bruce Willis even appeared."
When asked if this would lead to that Unbreakable sequel, the filmmaker said:
"I hope so. The answer is yes. I’m just such a wimp sometimes. I don’t know what’s going to happen when I go off in my room, a week after this film opens, to write the script. But I’m going to start writing."
He also said that he already has an intricate outline for the film and he's obviously pumped up about writing the script. I've been wanting to see this happen since I saw the first movie, and now it actually looks like it's actually going to get made! I'm excited!