Shyamalan Targets Unbreakable Sequel for Next Big Project


SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for "Split," currently in theaters.

Coming off the box office success of his latest film, "Split" director M. Night Shyamalan is planning to mine his back catalog for his next big project: A full sequel to his 2000 superhero thriller "Unbreakable."

"I do intend to make a final 'Unbreakable' movie and I'm intending on doing it next," Shyamalan told Uproxx.  "Unbreakable" was Shyamalan's follow-up to his breakthrough film, 1999's "The Sixth Sense." The unvonentional ghost story put the writer/director on the map, beginning a streak of box-office wins he followed up on with "Unbreakable."  Shyamalan's career since has been marked by a series of critical and commercial flops, although his two most recent outings - 2015's "The Visit" and 2017's "Split" - have resonated to varying degrees with audiences.

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"Unbreakable," a unique and nuanced take on the superhero origin story, was notable in that all of its characters were original creations.  The film centered on David Dunn (Bruce Willis), a Philadelphia man who discovers he has superhuman powers after surviving a train crash.  He comes under the tutelage of the enigmatic Elijah Price (Samuel Price) who turns out to be more than he initially seems.  Grossing $250 million at the box office on a budget of just $75 million, "Unbreakable" was an unquestioned success.

As audiences who have seen "Split" are aware, Shyamalan has already begun planting the seeds for his "Unbreakable" return. In the final scene of "Split," it is revealed that the film takes place in the same world as "Unbreakable" when Willis' Dunne makes a brief appearance in an obvious set-up for the planned sequel.  It now looks like Shyamalan is planning to bring the characters of the two films together as capstone for this apparent trilogy.

"Split," written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring James McAvoy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, and Anya Taylor- Joy, is currently in theaters.

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