Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
After the jump:
- Christoph Waltz might appear in The Muppets 2 after all
- Has Transformers 4 replaced Brenton Thwaites with Jack Reynor?
- Berandal (a.k.a. The Raid 2) announces new cast members
- Walton Goggins promises to be funny in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
- Paul Rudd doesn’t know much about Anchorman 2 but hopes it’ll be good
- Samuel L. Jackson has things to say about Unbreakable
- Paramount and the Puzo estate settle the Godfather suit
- A Good Day to Die Hard debuts two explosive TV spots
- Trick ‘R Treat‘s Sam has a holiday greeting for you
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Posted on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 by David Chen
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Earlier this week, it was reported that M. Night Shyamalan is shopping his next screenplay around Hollywood, trying to find someone to produce his next directorial effort. At the time we knew very little about the project, as that’s the way Shyamalan likes it. Apparently only a few studio execs have read the script, and in every case, Shyamalan’s assistant was in the room to supervise.We dont even have a title, only that the cast will include The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable star Bruce Willis, Gwyneth Paltrow and Bradley Cooper.
We now have a few new details about the project… Well, actually… Russ slipped this update in with the report about the M Night-produced Twelve Strangers, but I thought the bit was big enough for its own story (as some of you might have glossed over the previous story). So if you missed it, hit the jump for more info on Night’s new project.
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Quentin Tarantino has recorded a list of his top 20 favorite films which have been released over the last 17 years. What’s so special about the last 17 years, or the year 1992? That was the year Tarantino became a filmmaker.
Films on Tarantino’s list include Battle Royale, Anything Else, Audition, Blade, Boogie Nights, Dazed & Confused, Dogville, Fight Club, Fridays, The Host, The Insider, Joint Security Area, Lost In Translation, The Matrix, Memories of Murder, Police Story 3, Shaun of the Dead, Speed, Team America, and Unbreakable. It think it’s interesting that Tarantino mentions that The Matrix sequels ruined the mythology, enough to push the first film off the top of his list. Watch the full list after the jump, complete with commentary from Tarantino himself .
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Director M Night Shyamalan has finally launched his official website. And as you might expect, its far from traditional. MNightShyamalan.com transports you into a dark mansion (possibly haunted) where you walk around and uncover clues which grant you access to rooms/locations from Shyamalan’s film history. I know this probably sounds like one of those annoying flash sites, where you’d rather just have easy access to a menu. And yes, it is that, but Night makes it worth your time by providing some extremely honest thoughts about his past films.
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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this “very special episode”, Dave, Devindra, and Adam are joined by Dan Trachtenberg and continue their Lakeview Terrace discussion by trying to get serious about race, relate some hilarious stories about obnoxious theater-goers, and hit recliner of rage levels of frustration discussing annoying trailer alterations.
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Admittedly, the above headline could be published in The Onion, no prob. It’s been nearly eight years since the release of Unbreakable, and the possibility of a sequel, let alone the planned trilogy, seems to diminish with time, even as superhero films enter the subversive, contemplative-mythos stage that makes M. Night Shyamalan‘s best film so ahead of the curve and a dark horse genre classic.
In June, Shyamalan cited the film’s marketing—which exploited the “shocking twist” angle and neglected the comic book plot—along with the middling reviews that followed as the watershed moment when perceptions of his M.O. in Hollywood and with audiences soured. Though the film is still seen as a financial disappointment, it grossed $250 million worldwide, not to mention DVD sales. And if you read between the lines, I think he sees catharsis in making a widely-regarded successful sequel to Unbreakable. Shyamalan’s passion for the film, characters, and the universe he created won’t go away (and neither has its fans’, which includes us at Slashfilm). And in my mind, there’s the guy who made this film, and another who made everything else. He tells Splashpage…
“I genuinely just asked this question the other day — should I make Unbreakable 2? I do love the [comic book movie] genre, I just wanna make sure that I’m able to express who I am,” explained Shyamalan. “I don’t want to get so lost in the subject that I have to neuter everything that’s me in it, so maybe Unbreakable is the comic book thing I should do — I keep coming back to that.”
Your Samuel L. Jackson-instincts should inform that the actor would be game to reprise Mr. Glass, and he is. And Bruce Willis has stated his love of the film in the past and disappointment with critics’ lazy checklist with The Sixth Sense. Though inherent, the original film never reveals the full powers of Willis’s protagonist, David Dunn, meanwhile Mr. Glass’s descent into evil has many sinister miles left in the tank. It will take more than wistful soundbites and warm spirits to bring Unbreakable 2 to fruition, not to mention the tentative title, but if Hellboy—financially, an apt comparison; in terms of marquee value and quality, not so much—can warrant a sequel, I don’t think Shyamalan’s is a pipe dream. If he truly wants it. Then again, if the sequel rights are parked at Disney…umm, good luck?
Discuss: Do you think Unbreakable 2 will ever happen? Why or why not?