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Bruce Willis and M. Night Shyamalan to reunite for ‘Labor of Love’

- January 29th, 2014

It looks like director M. Night Shyamalan could be reuniting with Bruce Willis.

According to Deadline, Shyamalan is in talks to direct Labor of Love, which is based on one of his very first scripts. If Willis agrees, he will playing a book store owner whose wife dies tragically. He was never big on words, so to pay tribute to his lost love, he decides to walk across the country in her honour.

Shyamalan and Willis previously worked together on 1999′s The Sixth Sense and 2000′s superhero fable Unbreakable.

In a 2010 interview with me, Willis said that he was hoping to work with the director again, and expressed a desire to make a sequel with Shyamalan to Unbreakable.

“I liked that one,” he said. “I think we should make another Unbreakable.”

After starting out his career with a string of hits, Shyamalan has been riding a cold a streak following the high-profile bombs After Earth (Will Smith) and The Happening, which, for the record, I quite liked.

I like Shyamalan, so I’m hoping this reunion sparks a creative renaissance for the director.

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Samuel L. Jackson: M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t made a good movie since ‘Unbreakable’

- December 19th, 2012

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Sam Jackson is not one to mince words.

After New York Times film scribe A.O. Scott gave The Avengers a bad review last May, the actor tweeted:

Now, he’s taking a non-too subtle dig at director M. Night Shyamalan, with whom he made 2000′s Unbreakable.

While promoting this month’s Django Unchained, he was asked by The Huffington Post whether fans could expect a sequel. Jackson replied: “There were supposed to be three. I don’t know… You’ll have to ask the brilliant director who wrote it and didn’t do the rest of them.”

HuffPo mentioned that instead of sequels to Shyamalan’s superhero fable, the director went on to make films like The Last Airbender and The Happening.

“I mean, he hasn’t made a really good movie since then,” Jackson replied.

He then contrasted Shyamalan’s filmmaking approach with his frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino, who directs Jackson in Django. “…There’s, you know, ‘I’m smarter than everybody coming to watch my movie.’ Quentin’s not that. He’s just, ‘I want you to love my movie. I want you to love it and enjoy it because this is fucking cool.’”

But he still thinks there’s an audience waiting for Unbreakable 2 – if and when it gets made. When asked what he thinks the reaction would be if the sequel was announced tomorrow, Jackson said it would be huge.

“Everybody would be waiting for it, yeah… It would trend through the roof now on Twitter.”

For the record, Bruce Willis told me more or less the same thing when I interviewed him in 2010.

“I think we should make another Unbreakable,” he said.

In the HuffPo interview, Jackson also revealed that he would be willing to come back for Star Wars VII, despite dying in Episode III.

“(Mace Windu) just went out the window. He’s a Jedi! He could have landed on a ledge.”

What do you think: Is M. Night really that bad? Would you be excited for another Unbreakable? Let us know in the comments.

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