M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming film Split has preview audiences comparing it to his glory days of The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable. A kidnapping thriller, Split looks like a demented detour into the fractured psyche of a man with multiple personalities, and of course, there's a twist at the end... like Shyamalan always used to do.
But the twist surrounding Shyamalan's Unbreakable is that it expertly set up a sequel, which never saw the light of day. What happened? Why did we never get an Unbreakable 2? And what would have happened in that second movie (and beyond)?
The good news is that everyone involved in Unbreakable has been open and honest about their desire to make a sequel, sharing great ideas for the possible direction of the ongoing battle between David (Bruce Willis) and Mister Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). For this endings conversation, I want to talk about the conclusion of Unbreakable, the set up for Unbreakable 2, and what the cast wants to do in this particular universe. Let's start, as always, at the end. Naturally, we will get into serious spoilers for Unbreakable in this article.
What Happens At The End Of Unbreakable
M. Night Shyamalan spends the bulk of Unbreakable questioning whether security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) has super-human powers. Following a series of tests, Dunn finally accepts the hard truth that he may, in fact, be invulnerable, and tests his powers out by rescuing a family that has been held hostage in their home by a lunatic.
In the closing moments of the film, Dunn confronts a man who has been pushing him to accept the truth about his powers: Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), a comic book aficionado who has been consulting -- OK, hounding David -- for the duration of the movie. The big twist that Shyamalan drops is that Elijah has been the cause of multiple tragedies, mainly because he has been looking for powerful people like David... and like himself. Elijah, we learn, has a condition that makes his body vulnerable. His life's mission has been to find his polar opposite, which he believes he has unearthed in David. Unbreakable has now established a traditional hero (Willis) and a worthy villain (Jackson), meaning a sequel could continue to pit these forces against one another.
But nothing happened. Unbreakable wasn't as big of a hit as The Sixth Sense, and Shyamalan moved away from a sequel to focus on Signs, The Village and The Lady in the Water. But there have been ideas for Unbreakable 2. Read on to see what the cast has been saying.