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Shyamalan says that UNBREAKABLE 2 has been broken up for NIGHT CHRONICLES

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
September 3rd, 2010

M. Night Shyamalan has digressed so much as a filmmaker, I'm not quite sure his name carries any clout when it comes to new projects. For God's sake, I haven't heard of one theater that hasn't collectively boo'd when the trailer for DEVIL debuted. And the man didn't even direct that film!

However, one prospective property that still gets people's attention is UNBREAKABLE 2, the long-rumored sequel to Shyamalan's 2000 "superheroes in real life" film. Too bad it's never going to happen says the director. Well, it is...kind of. Maybe. Or maybe not.

Read on for what the astute auteur had to say after the break.

While speaking to MTV recently, Shyamalan told of his development ideas for UNBREAKABLE 2, which he states he "cannibalized the idea for the sequel to 'Unbreakable' for one of the NIGHT CHRONICLES" (DEVIL is the first in that series).

"It was such a cool idea for a villain, and it was actually originally in the script for UNBREAKABLE, and it was too much," he said of his reasoning for the switch-a-roo. "There were too many villains, so I pulled this villain out and was like, 'I'll make this the second flick.'"

As the probability for a sequel became less and less likely and he took on more and more projects, Shyamalan still shaped the ideas he had should he find a place for them in the future. "I fleshed it out more and more, and thought, 'This could be a standalone movie,'" he said. "I'll just say it: the third NIGHT CHRONICLES movie is what would have been the sequel [to UNBREAKABLE ]. So now I need to come up with a new idea."

So, there you have it folks. The third film in Shyamalan's NIGHT CHRONICLES' series is what could have been but may never be. And, judging on how things have changed from 2000 Shyamalan to 2010 Shyamalan, that may be for the best.

Would you still want an UNBREAKABLE 2, even after the trainwrecks that were THE LAST AIRBENDER, LADY IN THE WATER, etc.?

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