In 2000, just after “Sixth Sense”, M. Night Shyamalan produced another of his great classics with “Unbreakable”. Before “Split” came into the world, the director wanted to direct “Unbreakable 2”. Here’s what happened to the project.
Unbreakable : one of the best superhero movies in history
In 1999, M. Night Shyamalan proved, with Sixth Sense, that he is a great director. It was on the set of this film that he had the idea for his next project. For his fourth feature film, he wants to make a superhero film like no other. He then recalls Bruce Willis (the star of Sixth Sense) to play David Dunn, a man who seems to be indestructible.
Unbreakable received rave critical acclaim and grossed over 248 million dollars in revenue for a budget of 75 million.
Initially, before the film turned into a trilogy with the releases of Split and Glass, M. Night Shyamalan wanted to produce Unbreakable 2. He had even written the screenplay, but the project never came to fruition.
what happened Unbreakable 2 ?
Initially, M. Night Shyamalan wanted to direct Unbreakable 2. Bruce Willis was in, and the filmmaker had even already written the screenplay for this sequel. In an interview he gave to MTV in the early 2010s, the filmmaker returned to the case of Unbreakable 2. He then revealed that his story was ready and that he was going to use a brand new villain (which he initially wanted to place in the first opus) to confront him with David Dunn. But the project never happened. He therefore wanted to reuse this scenario in another of his productions: the third episode of Night Chronicles.
The project Night Chronicles was born from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan. The goal was to produce a horror movie trilogy whose realization is given to young filmmakers keen on horror. The first part, Devildirected by John Erick Dowdlereleased in 2011. Unfortunately, the film is a huge flop and only brings in $62 million in box office receipts. Faced with this failure, Universal puts an immediate end to the project. The second part, Twelve Strangers, which was to be released in 2012, has been cancelled. Necessarily, the third opus is also nipped in the bud.
But back then, M. Night Shyamalan did not yet know that his project Night Chronicles wouldn’t go all the way. In the end, he was therefore unable to reuse the scenario of Unbreakable 2 in this horrifying production. However, the first Unbreakable was always thought to be the starting point of a trilogy. And M. Night Shyamalan, despite these repeated failures, did not give up his desire to make a whole saga in this universe.
It is in this logic that in 2017, the filmmaker is relaunching his license with Split. While fans believe it to be an original new creation by the director, the film’s last scene brings back Bruce Willis as David Dunn. A cameo that no one saw coming and that makes Split the direct sequel to Unbreakable. The two films then connected in 2019 with Glass, the explosive conclusion of his trilogy, spread over 19 years.