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Exclusive: Samuel L. Jackson Says He and Bruce Willis Are Ready to Shoot “Unbreakable” Sequel


Whether we want it or not, M. Night Shyamalan is going to make a sequel to “Unbreakable.”

Samuel L. Jackson himself confirmed to me last night that he and Bruce Willis are signed, sealed and delivered.  They expect to start this summer after Jackson returns from making “Inversion” in Berlin with Peter Segal.

Jackson and his daughter Zoe were at last night’s premiere of “Six Degrees.” Absent was his wife and her mother, one of my favorite people, LaTanya Richardson. “Where is LaTanya?” I asked. Sam replied: “She’s home, enjoying herself!”  Richardson was recently killed off of “Grey’s Anatomy,” an egregious mistake. But Sam says, “She could turn up somewhere else in ShondaLand, I’m sure.” I hope!

As for “Unbreakable” : Released in 2000, it made $95 million US, foreign $153 million for a worldwide total of $248 million. It was nowhere as big as “The Sixth Sense” or even “Signs.” Soon after Shyamalan went into a fallow period. He recently resurrected himself with the thriller, “Split.”

Jackson, of course, has a bunch of films finished and more in pre-production. What’s he doing right now? “More Capital One commercials!” he said. “That’s my real job!”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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