M. Night Shyamalan, at NY Comic Con, dives into “Unbreakable” sequel plans

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: M. Night Shyamalan’s career has been a roller coaster ride since “The Sixth Sense” launched him into the stratosphere in 1999. Currently, he’s at the bottom of one of the ride’s assorted hills, but he might begin to climb soon enough.

What contributed to the filmmaker’s decline? Well, a number of things. Fans grew tired of Shyamalan’s patented twist endings after back-to-back-to-back “surprises” in “Sense,” “Unbreakable,” “Signs” and “The Village.” As the director began to think outside of the box with “Lady in the Water” and “The Happening,” his audience grew restless. And then, Shyamalan took over the “Last Airbender” franchise that came with a built-in following. It should have been a slam dunk. It underperformed.

How bad has it gotten? When Shyamalan’s name was attached to teasers for “Devil,” which Shyamalan produced, he was booed.

But Hollywood loves (LOVES!) a comeback, and Shyamalan is heading down the comeback trail. He appeared at New York Comic Con in Manhattan yesterday and fielded a bunch of questions from MTV and the audience.

During the conversation, Shyamalan addressed twist endings, DVD commentary tracks (which he never does), and “Unbreakable” (as well as a potential sequel). Cinematical has a great rundown. Click here to check it out.

What do you think? Is Shyamalan’s career dead? Are you still interested in stories he has to tell? And should his next one be an “Unbreakable” sequel?

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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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