Friday, February 26, 2010
In other Bruce Willis news, I read that he is urging director M. Night Shymalan to return to Unbreakable and do a sequel.
I don't know about you, but I would love it. Though there are a lot of Unbreakable haters out there, I'm not one of them.
I thought Unbreakable was a masterful twist on the superhero genre: the ordinary man who gradually discovers that he may be extraordinary, even superhuman. And his mysterious mentor, Elijah Price (played by Samuel L. Jackson) is not a benevolent teacher like Dr. Xavier in the X Men mythos. Rather, his mentor is an evil genius, bent on finding the supermen of the earth by engineering mass disasters. Whoa.
Okay let's start imagining. If Bruce persuades Night to do this, what would you suggest?
My idea: continue twisting the X Men storyline. Just as mutants were gathered around Dr. X in a school, what if other quietly extraordinary men and women, awakening to their super powers, come to Philadelphia in search of Willis' character David Dunn. What if, like Dunn, they are regular people --housewives, cab drivers, and even unemployed accountants-- afraid of the latent power within but curious to discover their purpose in life. They gather around Dunn in a sort of 12 step support group for super humans. Then...the evil genius returns.