While M. Night Shyamalan isn’t exactly considered the greatest filmmaker, especially for fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the writer/director has had recent success with his new series Wayward Pines on Fox. In an interview with IGN about this project, Shyamalan revealed that he would like to expand his comic book inspired film Unbreakable into a TV show.
Starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, this 2000 science fiction drama is Shyamalan’s second major feature and deemed by many as his last good movie. The film followed his iconic 1999 thriller The Sixth Sense, and since then the director has stated on multiple occasions the prospects of developing an Unbreakable sequel.
Now however, it seems that his success with Wayward Pines and the popularity of shows like True Detective have pushed Shyamalan toward wanting to pursue an expansion of the story in the form of a miniseries.
Shyamalan told IGN this when asked about the potential of expanding Unbreakable into television:
“As a way continue the story, yes. That would [interest me],” the director said. “I really love where we are. Could you do a six-episode Unbreakable series on Netflix or HBO? Yeah! That’s cool. I even had an idea of doing a story that goes in one form, and a second part that’s in another form, and a third one’s in a different form. You never do the same form. It would be like, movie, then, let’s say, cable, to TV, whatever, and then a play; it goes straight online, and it finishes like that. It’s in four different forms, and it never goes back to the old one. It could be kind of cool.”
As a standalone film, Unbreakable provides an interesting take on comic book lore and highlights its relevance in modern society. Especially with how superhero dominated the entertainment industry is today, an Unbreakable miniseries on Netflix would go great next to something like Daredevil.
As far as what this show would be about or if it would feature Willis and Jackson reprising their roles from the original film, Shyamalan didn’t offer any details and only said that it would interest him. Given that this is one property that many fans, including comedian Patton Oswalt, have wanted to see continue, a miniseries might very well be the way to go. Yet given that this is all rumor and speculation, all of us here will simply have to wait and see.