It's probably fair to say that M Night Shyamalan's star has waned somewhat over the last few years, but it's easy to forget that around the time of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, he was widely regarded as one of Hollywood's most exciting talents.
Perhaps then, that's why he's now talking about the possibility of a sequel to that latter movie, and suggesting that it might become a reality sooner rather than later.
"It's getting closer," he said in an interview with Collider. "Slowly I’m getting a story in my head that I feel like is able to tell what I’m feeling right now."
"It's the story of a guy who kind of wakes up with a little grey feeling in the morning," continues the director. "I love that character. It’s something that I feel and I want to talk more about that character."
Good news for fans of the original then. However, perhaps even more encouraging is Shyamalan's talk of a potential sequel to The Last Airbender, and how it might be too big an ask at this stage…
"Those are costly movies to make and they take a lot of time," he said of the critical flop. "I made After Earth, which took a long time, so it kind of took that two-and-a-half to three-year period. So, I’m trying to sit down and see if I want to do a really small movie next."
After Earth opens in UK cinemas on 7 June 2013.
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