M. Night Shyamalan Reveals Why He Won’t Make More Sequels (Exclusive)

Ever since he burst onto the scene with the critically acclaimed The Sixth Sense just before the turn of the century, M. Night Shyamalan established himself as one of the most unique working directors in Hollywood. Future Shyamalan Movies Like Signs And The event further emphasized the filmmaker’s signature style, one that relies heavily on suspense and typically features a third act. Apart from one dance with an already established franchise in 2010’s The last airbenderShayamalan has spent his entire career creating original stories for the thriller genre.

That changed at the end of 2016 Divide, the James McAvoy-led psychological tension fest. Just before the credits rolled, Bruce Willis makes a cameo as David Dunn, the lead character in Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. That little tie-in was Shyamalan’s first time doing a follow-up to one of his earlier pictures. Shyamalan fully embraced the sequel with 2019’s Glassa crossover that brought the worlds of Unbreakable And Divide together.

In conversation with Liam Crowley of ComicBook.com during the Knock on the hut world premiere, Shyamalan noted that his follow-up days are in the rear view, both in the unbreakable franchise and with all of his other standalone projects.

“I probably wouldn’t [do another sequel]Shyamalan said. ‘Originally Unbreakable was supposed to be a trilogy, so that’s how I saw it, as a long story. Other than that, not really.”

Shyamalan added that this is because he places the greatest value on telling new stories rather than revisiting old ones.

“I enjoy originals too much. I have so many ideas I want to tell,” continued Shyamalan. “It’s just sad to go back. I’d rather challenge you and start over with you every time and say, ‘Here’s a new idea with a new flavor.'”

The latest edition of Shyamalan’s catalog is based on Paul G. Tremblay’s The cabin at the end of the world, with Shyamalan himself writing the screenplay. Patrick Cavanaugh of ComicBook.com praised the film, calling it full of “big swings” that are “easy to buy”.

Knock on the hut now playing in cinemas.

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