Watch: Patton Oswalt Makes Impassioned Plea for Unbreakable Trilogy
M. Night Shayamalan has often been called a "one-hit wonder" or "one-trick pony" after the massive success of The Sixth Sense and subsequent career tumble. But people often forget that he had at least one other film that was a hit among fans and critics alike: Unbreakable, the quiet, pensive superhero film starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. One person hasn't forgotten, however, and that's comedian/geek hero Patton Oswalt. Fifteen years after Unbreakable's release in 2000, superfan Oswalt appears in Screen Junkies's "Dream Sequels" segment in order to pitch his planned Unbreakable trilogy:
According to Oswalt's secret dreams, the first Unbreakable sequel would be called "Unbreakables," and would essentially follow protagonist David Dunn as he formed "a Justice League of unbreakables." He explains that the first film actually laid the foundation for this plot point, as Samuel L. Jackson's character, Elijah Price, had a wall of newspaper clippings about other odd incidents in which people survived would-be fatal accidents. Then, the final film would be called "Broken," and would follow the return of Elijah Price as he attempts to become "unbreakable" himself through some kind of medical procedure involving David Dunn.
Back when the film came out, there was rampant speculation about a possible sequel, and none other than Bruce Willis went on the record as hopeful for a trilogy. But the film didn't perform spectacularly in the box office, finding most of its popularity as a cult favorite after its release on DVD, so the studio canceled the planned sequel. And Shayamalan's career isn't exactly at an all-time high, so it seems unlikely, in spite of the fact that Willis and Jackson are still very much big draws. But, we can dream, and Oswalt definitely will.