*WARNING: SPOILERS FOR SPLIT*
M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological horror-thriller Split shocked audiences both by how good it was and for its surprise twist ending that revealed that the entire film was set in the same universe as his 2000 superhero thriller Unbreakable by having that film’s protagonist David Dunn (played by Bruce Willis) appear in the very last scene, setting up a potential sequel. Fans were immediately excited about the prospect of another film set in this universe, and with the director back on a hot streak with The Visit and this film (after the failures of Lady in the Water, The Happening and The Last Airbender almost derailed his career), it seemed all but certain they would get what they wanted.
Shyamalan took to Twitter yesterday to announce that the script for the film was done and confirmed that it will be his next project!
“Finished the new script. It’s taken 17 years but I can finally answer the #1 question I get, ‘Are you making a f#&@ing sequel to Unbreakable or what?’ My new film is the sequel to Unbreakable AND Split. It was always my dream to have both films collide in this third film.”
Shyamalan went on to confirm that the film’s title will be Glass, referencing the character Mr. Glass from Unbreakable. Willis will return as David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson will be back as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass, James McAvoy will reprise his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Beast, Anya Taylor-Joy will return as final girl. Casey Cooke. The story will center on Dunn “pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.”
Unbreakable remains as one of the best superhero films ever made, especially considering it wasn’t based on a pre-existing comic book or franchise. The mythology leant itself to a multitude of narrative possibilities, so it’s good to see Shyamalan finally exploring more of this world.
Glass will release in theaters January 18, 2019.