And of course “Live Free” proves he has nothing against sequels. In fact, he said he wouldn’t mind working with M. Night Shyamalan again for a sequel to “Unbreakable.”
“I do some on-line chats on sites like Ain’t It Cool News, and so many times I get asked about working with Night. When we did ‘Unbreakable,’ it was conceived as part of a trilogy. In the comic book world, the story we told was the origins story of my character, and how Sam Jackson’s character became Mr. Glass. Just as a film fan, I’d like to see Sam Jackson and I in a second film, battling it out,” he said.
Willis said he hasn’t broached the subject with Shyamalan, but was about to place a call to him, just to shoot the breeze.
“I think he’s terrific, and a rarity in Hollywood. He just sits at home and writes, doesn’t tell anybody about it, just turns it into a script, and tells great stories,” he said.
He still recalls being floored at his first read-through of “The Sixth Sense.”
“I said yes the next day. I remember turning from page 106 to 107 and saying, get the [heck] out of here. Are you kidding me? I read scripts all the time, and I didn’t see that coming.”
Scripts like that don’t come along every day, or even every 20 years. As a battled-hardened Hollywood veteran, Willis is thinking about posterity, about doing the kinds of movies that will stand the test of time. He talked about his admiration for John Wayne, about trying to find a project that would rank in his own career the way “The Searchers” ranks for Wayne.