The more M. Night Shyamalan talks continuing David Dunn’s (Bruce Willis) story, the happier we get. Just yesterday it was reported the writer-director completed his 11-page outline for his follow-up to Unbreakable. He’ll typically spend months and months on an outline, but now that his one for Unbreakable 2 is finished, he can begin writing his next movie.
Shyamalan isn’t revealing too many details about the film, but he recently teased an idea for the sequel and how he wants it to stand on its own. Below, the director discusses the Unbreakable sequel. (Spoilers for Split ahead.)
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UPDATE: Shyamalan has confirmed his plans to make a trilogy and we’ve added the new details below.
Now that some of you’ve seen Split this past weekend, we can now talk more openly about its third act and, more specifically, its fantastic ending. Are those last few minutes more than a wink and a nod? Will we see a payoff to Split‘s ending? If writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has his druthers, possibly.
Below, learn more about a possible M. Night Shyamalan trilogy (Split SPOILERS follow).
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Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
(This review originally ran after Split‘s first screening at Fantastic Fest 2016. It arrives in theaters today.)
Every filmmaker finds themselves in a rough patch every now and again, but few directors have had quite as public a rough patch as M. Night Shyamalan. It wasn’t enough that the immensely talented director of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs was stumbling with duds like The Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender – his name had become synonymous with disappointment for many moviegoers. He had become a punchline.
But now, it’s looking like Shyamalan has started to get his groove back. The Visit was one of last year’s more pleasant surprises and now Split, which held its world premiere as part of a secret screening at Fantastic Fest, has seemingly revealed his future going forward: he’s going to keep on making low-budget horror movies until someone tells him to stop. If his latest film is any indication, few people are going to tell him to stop anytime soon.
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Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 by Angie Han
Despite the fact that New Mutants is supposed to start shooting within the next few months, there’s still not a whole lot we know about it. No casting has been officially announced (though there are plenty of rumors swirling about), and while an animatic unveiled Demon Bear as the big villain, plot details remain pretty scarce otherwise. But today someone let slip that James McAvoy will be returning as Professor X, the role he’s inhabited since 2011’s X-Men: First Class. Read More »
Now that M. Night Shyamalan has crafted a relationship with the horror hit machine that is Blumhouse Productions, he appears to be back in a big way. The Visit was a satisfying, suspenseful thriller last year, and now the director of The Sixth Sense is back with another unsettling entry to his filmography.
Split follows James McAvoy as Kevin, a man with dissociative identity disorder giving him no less than 23 different personalities. This creates nothing short of a perplexing nightmare for three girls (Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson) who are kidnapped and held prisoner by Kevin for something presumably sinister. A new Split trailer shows off more of some of the other personalities we’ll see James McAvoy inhabit in the thriller. It’s not quite as stirring as the first trailer, but it does give us a better idea of how much more dangerous Kevin can become. Read More »
When you’re dealing with the end of the world, things can get deadly serious. But as you will see on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, even in the face of grave danger, the cast makes plenty of time to get wacky. Bloopers are always an amusing part of the filmmaking process, but when then outtakes feature characters in full superhero wardrobe, they’re just that much more entertaining.
If you ever wanted to see Oscar Isaac dance in the creaky Apocalypse suit, Michael Fassbender flirt with James McAvoy, or Jennifer Lawrence elbow someone in the face, you can see all that and more in the X-Men Apocalypse bloopers reel after the jump. Read More »
After stumbling in the film world for some years, director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs) made a decent comeback with the suspenseful thriller The Visit last year. Now he’s back behind the camera again for another unsettling thriller called Split starring James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse), and the trailer has just debuted online.
Split starts off like your average kidnapping thriller with James McAvoy abducting three young girls and taking them to a dark basement. But the kidnapping is just the beginning of the creepiness that ensues as they learn that this man has some serious mental problems that make their imprisonment that much more horrifying. Watch the Split trailer after the jump. Read More »
As the third film in the most recent trilogy in the X-Men franchise, it’s pretty bold to have a joke in X-Men: Apocalypse that mentions the third film in a trilogy is usually the worst. The line is meant to take a shot at the almost universally hated X-Men: The Last Stand, and while X-Men: Apocalypse is nowhere near as bad as Brett Ratner’s film from 2006, it’s not without some shortcomings of its own.
X-Men: Apocalypse has a simple, hollow story, spinning a wheel that also treads water. However, it also does a great job of bringing the young versions of familiar X-Men into this modified timeline and delivers some thoroughly entertaining action. In short, X-Men: Apocalypse feels like an extended episode of X-Men: The Animated Series, for better and worse.
Read our full X-Men Apocalypse review after the jump. Read More »
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The most recent X-Men movies have somehow managed to dance around the fact that James McAvoy is playing Professor Charles Xavier, a comic book character known for his bald head and wheelchair. X-Men: First Class put McAvoy’s Professor X in that wheelchair, but X-Men: Days of Future Past inexplicably took him out of it for most of the movie before putting him back in it. Now, X-Men: Apocalypse looks to finish the job by finally stripping McAvoy of his shaggy locks.
The trailers for the film have already shown us the young Professor X sitting in his wheelchair, shiny head gleaming, but footage exists of James McAvoy actually shaving his head and it’s far more entertaining than you’d expect.
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The beautiful and frightening 1978 adaptation of Watership Down holds up remarkably well, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for another interpretation of Richard Adams‘ novel. This won’t be the first time Adams’ story has been retold for television, but it’s just been announced BBC and Netflix are teaming up to make a Watership Down animated miniseries. The series, which is set to premiere in 2017, will feature voice work from Ben Kingsley, James McAvoy, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, and more.
Learn more about the Watership Down animated miniseries below.
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