It appears that after a few poorly received films, Shamhammer will finally bring us the sequel that we have wanted for some time. We get his and Samuel L Jackson’s thoughts on the follow up film to Unbreakable thanks to investigation from Latino Review:
“I tell you I get asked about it all the time, so it’s not [an idea] I ever forget,” Shyamalan told MTV News. “I genuinely just asked this question the other day — should I make ‘Unbreakable 2’?”
“Every time I see [Shyamalan], he says, ‘I’ve written this thing for you,’ so I say, ‘why are you always doing these movies I’m not in?’” said Jackson.
According to both Shyamalan and Jackson, “Unbreakable” was originally intended to be a trilogy, but a series of bad reviews as well as fan and film critic misconception of Shyamalan’s work quickly tabled the idea of a possible franchise. As Jackson put it, “He was a victim of what Quentin [Tarrantino] was a victim of. ‘Jackie Brown’ is a great movie, but it’s not ‘Pulp Fiction 2.’ ‘Unbreakable’ is a great movie, but it’s not ‘I see f**king dead people.’”
It is humorous that Shamhammer was unhappy with his reviews from Unbreakable, and has since gone on to make a gaggle of films that were received far worse. If this was a remake of any other previous film I would chide Shamhammer for “going back to the well,” but in this case I am pleased. Unbreakable was said to be a trilogy from the onset and I, with you, have been waiting for the follow up film. We are now 8 years on.
This is not only welcome news from Shyamalan, but his best option. His luster has faded and his hype is gone. Completing a work that’ s unfinished not only makes sense, it’ s as good a way as any to appease his fans and safely showcase his wares anew.
Finish the trilogy Shamhammer. Do it.