Though his big screen career burned out quickly, M. Night Shyamalan has found a new home on TV with his new Fox series “Wayward Pines” scoring decent ratings and reviews.
Out doing press for the show, many questions still deal with his past efforts from the widely reviled “The Last Airbender,” to some of his more early acclaimed work such as the superhero origin story “Unbreakable”.
Now fifteen years old, there’s been talk of a sequel to the latter for many years, talk that has never panned out as such. Speaking with IGN, Shyamalan has revealed that one potential idea is that a follow-up could go the small screen route:
“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.”
The quote comes as numerous films are being turned or rebooted as TV series next season including “Minority Report,” “Limitless,” “Uncle Buck” and “Rush Hour”.
Shyalaman also talks about the hatred towards ‘Airbender,’ saying it still surprises him to this day:
“It’s really weird because on the show the average age was, like, nine years old. My child was nine-years-old. So you could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I did – for nine and 10-year-olds – or you could do the Transformers version and have Megan Fox. I didn’t do that. That would have felt like, ‘Well, I’m going to make a movie about a kids show that my 10-year-old is watching and not make it for her. I make it for my guy friends.’ That felt like a betrayal of the innocence of the piece.”
“Wayward Pines” is currently airing on Fox.