For years M Night Shyamalan has been telling interviewers that he’d like to make an Unbreakable sequel. In fact, he admits, he has no idea where to take the story
Unbreakable 2 has almost become a running joke. Google it, and you'll find countless rumours that it’s bubbling away in development Hell that stretch back for years. Even director M Night Shyamalan seemed to like to stoke those rumours in various interviews. He never actually ever stated that he was developing the sequel to his Bruce Will-starring superhero origin flick, but he would certainly give the impression that it was on the cards; an idea just waiting for a greenlight.
But when SFX interviewed him about his upcoming movie Devil recently, we forced him top come clean. If he does want to make Unbreakable 2 , where would he take the story?
“If I knew the answer to that one, we would probably be making it right now,” he admitted. “I think of a lot of ideas, but for some reason the way to continue Unbreakable hasn’t popped into my head. And I don’t know why that is. It’s interesting. These things are really weird. Maybe one day I’ll be eating an apple and it’ll come to me. Or walking down the street. Or whatever. I just haven’t figured it out. I mean, I want to make it. I think I want to. Emotionally I want to. It was always, for me, like a longer story, you know. The beginning of the story. Maybe because it was specific time period in my life, and it’s hard to go back there and think in that way again. Maybe if I think a bit differently… that could be the secret to coming up with the idea, rather than to try to write to the same song sheet I was back then.”
We’ll have more from this interview nearer to the time Devil comes out at them cinema (that’s the one he’s provided the story for and is producing, but is not directing) on 17 September.