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Spoiler: Samuel L. Jackson responds to Split & potential sequel

02.18.2017

**SPOILERS FOR SPLIT BELOW**

Okay, if you ignored the above warning and are still reading then what you’re about to read is your own fault, as SPLIT has been out for a month and has made $118 million at the box office ($175 million worldwide, and on a $9 million budget) as of this writing, leaving UNBREAKABLE fans in a state of unending orgasm. A sequel is currently being written, and now it’s just a matter of getting the rest of the crew on board, including the always-down Samuel L. Jackson.

Jackson recently spoke with Collider about SPLIT, and the actor, who played the wheelchair-bound Elijah Price in UNBREAKABLE, had no idea the twist was coming when he saw the flick, despite an ominous call from Shyamalan beforehand:

I got a call and [Shyamalan] said, “Call me I wanna talk to you about something.” And I called him, because I always do when I get a message from him always hoping [it’s Unbreakable 2], and he said, “I just did this film called Split, I want you to see it,” and I was like “OK, I’m down with that.” I had no idea what Split was about or anything else, and he said, “We’ll talk after you see it.” So I went to the arranged screening and I called him immediately and was like, “OK dude does this mean what I think it means?” and he was like, “Well first we gotta see how the movie does.” And I think the movie’s done well enough now to merit the “OK, let’s put this together.”

The movie has indeed done well, both with audiences and critics, who are hailing it as the director’s best film in over a decade. Now that love for the director has returned, and fans are desperate to see how this plays out knowing what SPLIT has led into, Jackson is as eager as anyone to see James McAvoy and Bruce Willis duke it out…of course with some involvement from Elijah:

I think he’s an adequate foe for what Bruce’s Unbreakable character is in terms of him being sort of unbreakable too in that kind of way, and me having found now—fuck, that would be two people that Elijah would look at and go, “Why are they so this and I’m so this on this end of the spectrum?” It’s just a matter of breaking my ass out of wherever that mental institution was they had me locked up and let’s get it on, let’s see what happens!

Shyamalan is writing the movie now, but Disney still owns the rights to the characters (despite letting the director use Willis’ character, David Dunn, for the ending), so as to who gets the rights to future movies will be the biggest hurdle in getting the movie made.

As for how Elijah could play a role in the battle between Kevin (McAvoy) and David (Willis) I think Jackson has a pretty solid idea. Elijah would probably have some jealously that these two actually have abilities, and to see how he would deal with that would be an engaging development for the character to go through.  Hopefully Disney and Universal (who released SPLIT) will be cool and come to an agreement so this movie can be made smoothly. C'mon, Disney, you already own the world!

SPLIT is still in theaters, and you can see Jackson in KONG: SKULL ISLAND March 10.

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Source: Collider

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6:55PM on 03/30/2017

FOR FUCK'S SAKE

Totally agree with the other comments - the THUMBNAIL OF MR GLASS AND THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE COMPLETELY RUIN THE ENDING OF THE FILM. I finally saw Split for the first time, and even though I hadn't read this article, when I saw the headline and thumbnail scrolling through that was all that was needed to know there was going to be an Unbreakable connection. Seriously, I'm a long time fan of the site, but for fuck's sake guys this was a shitty error.
Totally agree with the other comments - the THUMBNAIL OF MR GLASS AND THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE COMPLETELY RUIN THE ENDING OF THE FILM. I finally saw Split for the first time, and even though I hadn't read this article, when I saw the headline and thumbnail scrolling through that was all that was needed to know there was going to be an Unbreakable connection. Seriously, I'm a long time fan of the site, but for fuck's sake guys this was a shitty error.
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8:17AM on 02/24/2017

Damn it!!!! Way to ruin a movie in the title!!!!

The neg vote is for the title. Using that photo plus that title just gave the ending away. I never complain about this site, but this is just you guys giving a crap about the international fans who haven't had a chance to watch the movie. Thanks for ruining the movie to me (I just saw it knowing the ending had a twist with Unbreakable without even reading the article, just seeing the title and photo on the news feed), and I don't blame only the writer, but the editorial team as well.

Thank
The neg vote is for the title. Using that photo plus that title just gave the ending away. I never complain about this site, but this is just you guys giving a crap about the international fans who haven't had a chance to watch the movie. Thanks for ruining the movie to me (I just saw it knowing the ending had a twist with Unbreakable without even reading the article, just seeing the title and photo on the news feed), and I don't blame only the writer, but the editorial team as well.

Thank you for not caring guys, this was a low blow.
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5:08PM on 02/20/2017

Hey the title

Don't put the Spoiler in the title assholes!!!!!! you gave away the ending with "response to Split and Potential Sequel??????" what the shit! Think before you Write a title dumb asses.
Don't put the Spoiler in the title assholes!!!!!! you gave away the ending with "response to Split and Potential Sequel??????" what the shit! Think before you Write a title dumb asses.
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1:56PM on 02/20/2017
Itīs the birth of the Shyamaliverse. With signs, unbreakable, split and last airbender all coexisting in the same universe. lol
Itīs the birth of the Shyamaliverse. With signs, unbreakable, split and last airbender all coexisting in the same universe. lol
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11:07PM on 02/19/2017

I know it's taken but Please call it Unbroken!

I can't wait to see it but I sincearly hope M Night kills it as this will be a very easy one to fuck up. It could be a disaster If doen wrong. But I'm reasonable confidant.

As for JAckson I envision a scene where Willis visits him in prison and tells him that he has to do the thing Mr. Glass always believed he was meant for but he's not sure If he's capable. For at least one scene, Mr. Glass comes back to ralm of being a good guy as he has to inspire David Dunn to face the villian he was
I can't wait to see it but I sincearly hope M Night kills it as this will be a very easy one to fuck up. It could be a disaster If doen wrong. But I'm reasonable confidant.

As for JAckson I envision a scene where Willis visits him in prison and tells him that he has to do the thing Mr. Glass always believed he was meant for but he's not sure If he's capable. For at least one scene, Mr. Glass comes back to ralm of being a good guy as he has to inspire David Dunn to face the villian he was always meant to. Now that wuld be a Hell of a scene.
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9:46PM on 02/19/2017
What I love about the potential of Unbreakable 2 is we don't know where the film will go in terms of genre. The first was a drama and Split was a psychological thriller. With Kevin embracing the Beast and Mr. Glass in prison for the last 17 years (probably 19/20 by the time the film gets released) I'd love to see an older, white haired Elijah who's become even more obsessed with the recent news of another person with abilities only on the villainess side. Somehow, he should manipulate Kevin
What I love about the potential of Unbreakable 2 is we don't know where the film will go in terms of genre. The first was a drama and Split was a psychological thriller. With Kevin embracing the Beast and Mr. Glass in prison for the last 17 years (probably 19/20 by the time the film gets released) I'd love to see an older, white haired Elijah who's become even more obsessed with the recent news of another person with abilities only on the villainess side. Somehow, he should manipulate Kevin into doing his bidding--including breaking him out--only to betray him to show he's the superior villain.
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9:31PM on 02/18/2017
Love unbreakable, bit late in game for a sequel, expanded universe movie to a 90s cult film?
Just saying
Love unbreakable, bit late in game for a sequel, expanded universe movie to a 90s cult film?
Just saying
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1:28AM on 02/19/2017
Not really. The fans are still there. The main hurdle is the two studios. If they have to Split profits, then the project won't be as attractive to them, especially as there is no way they could keep the budget as low as Split with Bruce Willis involved.
Not really. The fans are still there. The main hurdle is the two studios. If they have to Split profits, then the project won't be as attractive to them, especially as there is no way they could keep the budget as low as Split with Bruce Willis involved.
3:38PM on 02/19/2017
Bruce isn't pulling the dollars these days. FYI I love unbreakable it do enough people?
Bruce isn't pulling the dollars these days. FYI I love unbreakable it do enough people?
11:02PM on 02/19/2017
I actually think now is the perfect time to do it. when superhero films are at thier heights, what better tiem for M Night to revisit the most grounded Superhero films ever made. Thank's to Marvel everythign has to be a cinematic universe and M Night is giving us all one we didn't even know we wanted.

Not to mention I think this is actually just the role Willis needs right now. Unbreakable is one of his most underrated performances and after one too many dstraight to DVD flicks, a return
I actually think now is the perfect time to do it. when superhero films are at thier heights, what better tiem for M Night to revisit the most grounded Superhero films ever made. Thank's to Marvel everythign has to be a cinematic universe and M Night is giving us all one we didn't even know we wanted.

Not to mention I think this is actually just the role Willis needs right now. Unbreakable is one of his most underrated performances and after one too many dstraight to DVD flicks, a return to the subtle, traumatized, everyman will do more for his career than anything else cold at the point. I haven't been as excited to see the guy in years as I was when he showed up at the end of Split. After getting over the shock of it, I realized how much I loved that he was willing to return to the charecter.
6:02PM on 02/18/2017

Fuck yeah.

Im really intrigued by this news. Loved unbreakable and and a few others by m. Night. I hope it all gets done with no delays. Get it made fellas.
Im really intrigued by this news. Loved unbreakable and and a few others by m. Night. I hope it all gets done with no delays. Get it made fellas.
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6:01PM on 02/18/2017
Just watched Unbreakable a few days ago again.....man that movie is incredible. You know I always bought into the premise that bruce willis' character was a superhero who just didnt know he was...which is an incredible premise on its own...but then i started to think...what if he really isnt a superhero at all?? I mean think about it, he was the only survivor of a train crash...people survive things they never should all the time...then theirs the strength...he benched like 450 pounds...also
Just watched Unbreakable a few days ago again.....man that movie is incredible. You know I always bought into the premise that bruce willis' character was a superhero who just didnt know he was...which is an incredible premise on its own...but then i started to think...what if he really isnt a superhero at all?? I mean think about it, he was the only survivor of a train crash...people survive things they never should all the time...then theirs the strength...he benched like 450 pounds...also not too out of the norm. And then the visions of course disproves my theory but i still like to think he was an ordinary man who just began to believe in himself....and that if each and every one of us had a character like mr glass believing in us , we too can achieve great things
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