Samuel L. Jackson Teases the Sequel to M. Night Shyamalan's 'Split'
Warning, spoilers ahead. Because it's impossible to report on this film without them.
With M. Night Shyamalan pulling the rug out from under his audiences' feet, revealing that Split and his early 2000's picture Unbreakable exist in the same universe, we get to gear up for something of a crossover between the two projects. One of those included in the crossover is set to be Samuel L. Jackson, who has given some details on how the project came about.
“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.’”
With a budget of $9 million, the film has already earned $172.9 million worldwide, so it looks beyond likely that it's done well enough to warrant the next project.
Jackson sees James McAvoy's character as a worthy foe for the next film. “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!”