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Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” sequel idea saved for “Night Chronicles”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: People may have snickered when M. Night Shyamalan’s name appeared in the trailer for “Devil” – OK, many in my theater outright cackled – but I’m one of the few who still believe the “Sixth Sense” director has a few good stories left to tell in him. And for a long time, I was hoping he’d get around to filming a sequel to his superhero thriller “Unbreakable,” with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

Now it appears Shyamalan intends to … sort of.

While speaking with MTV, the director of “The Last Airbender” said that the third film in this ongoing “Night Chronicles” (of which “Devil” will be the first) will lift a villain he planned for his “Unbreakable” universe and use him in an original story.

“I cannibalized the idea for the sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ for one of the ‘Night Chronicles,'” Shyamalan said. “It was such a cool idea for a villain, and it was actually originally in the script for ‘Unbreakable,’ and it was too much. There were too many villains, so I pulled this villain out and was like, ‘I’ll make this the second flick.’”

He didn’t. Too many other projects got in the way. Until now.

“I fleshed it out more and more, and thought, ‘This could be a standalone movie,'” Shyamalan told MTV. “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.”

The third installment in the “Night Chronicles” doesn’t have a release date. Heck, the second title, “Twelve Strangers,” is still in development. But if “Devil” works, and people support the series, we may see an “Unbreakable” sequel of sorts sooner rather than later.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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