There be spoilers ahead for Split, so if you haven’t seen it yet (and you really should have by now), then please read no further.
I have a lot of love for M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable, and I still class it as one of the best superhero motion pictures ever made. Unlike the big budget counterparts like Richard Donner’s beautiful Superman or Tim Burton’s Batman, Unbreakable is an infinitely more grounded superhero tale. Released the same year as Fox’s X-Men, Unbreakable is a quieter narrative that allows Bruce Willis to turn in his most measured and accessible performance since Twelve Monkeys.
M. Night Shyamalan has often spoken about revisiting the world of Unbreakable, as he holds the rights to produce any sequels based on his movies, the studio was unable to proceed without Shyamalan’s involvement. Then, something unexpected happened earlier this year. M. Night Shyamalan released a new movie that was getting rave reviews and for the first time in nearly a decade, I was actively looking forward to an M. Night Shyamalan film.
Featuring a knockout performance(s) from James McAvoy, Split was a Trojan horse and we didn’t know it until the last two minutes of the movie. I called it as I was watching it as I recognised the music playing over Kevin’s (The Horde) mirror scene, but the appearance of Bruce Willis as David Dunn right at the end revealed that Split was set in the same world as Unbreakable.
The massive box office success of Split (made for $9 million and grossed $275 million), meant a follow-up was guaranteed and M. Night Shyamalan has confirmed he’s finished the script, and the title of the sequel will be Glass.
“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.
The iconic Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn, The incomparable Samuel L Jackson will return as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass. The virtuoso #JamesMcAvoy returns as Kevin Wendell Crumb, Patricia, Dennis, Hedwig, Barry, Jade, Orwell, The Beast, Heinrich, Norma.
The film is called GLASS. Universal Pictures will release #Glass on January 18, 2019, all over the world. How’s that for not keeping a secret!”