Before comic book movies were all the rage, there was M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable (and X-Men four months prior).
Unbreakable was a realistic comic book movie that starred Bruce Willis as the "super" hero and Samuel L. Jackson as the "super" villain.
The movie made almost $250 million at the box office (X-Men made almost $300 million).
There has been sequel talk since the movie's release, and now fifteen years later, M. Night Shyamalan says he would still like to do a second film.
Speaking with Collider, Shyamalan offered the following:
Is he still hoping for a sequel?
Yeah, I do sometimes.Â I love those characters and I love that world.Â Of course, the whole world makes comic book movies now.Â At the time, it was completely novel.Â I remember when I made it, Disney was literally like, â€śComic books?!Â Thereâ€™s no market for comic books!â€ťÂ Thatâ€™s all they make now!Â It was a hilarious conversation.Â I remember it.Â I was like, â€śMaybe youâ€™re right.Â Maybe nobody will come see comic book movies.â€ťÂ They were like, â€śThose are people in little conventions who like comic books.â€ťÂ And I was like, â€śBut, I like comic books!â€ť
It would be interested to see Unbreakable in the world of today:
Yeah.Â But the beauty of the world ofÂ UnbreakableÂ is that youâ€™re playing it for reality.Â It should never feel like a comic book movie.Â It feels like a straight-up drama.Â Itâ€™s real.Â Youâ€™re confronting the possibility that comic book characters were based on people that were real.Â Thatâ€™s the premise, so the tone has to be super grounded.Â It would be cool.