Stand-up comedian, actor, and author Patton Oswalt has a new book out titled Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film. Such an addiction obviously means that he’s often pondering the many movies he’s seen, and this sometimes leads to some interesting ideas.
One example of this involves Unbreakable, the 2002 film from director M. Night Shyamalan. The movie was Shyamalan’s next film after his breakout megahit The Sixth Sense, and stars Bruce Willis as a man who discovers that he cannot be harmed and Samuel L. Jackson as a man who can be harmed very easily.
In his movie pondering, Oswalt realized that the story of Unbreakable should have continued not only with a sequel, but two sequels to create a trilogy. He stopped by to chat with Screen Junkies about this idea, and they even made their own trailer for how this trilogy might look. You can see Oswalt describe his vision for the trilogy in the video below.
If interested, here’s a description of Oswalt’s new book:
New York Times bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late ’90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.
Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt’s memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.
Ideally timed for awards season, when everyone’s mind is on Hollywood, Silver Screen Fiend follows up on the terrific reception of Oswalt’s New York Times bestselling debut, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film—not to mention his 1.87 million Twitter followers—Oswalt announces, with this second book, that he’s also here to stay on the page.