Unbreakable and Split Sequel "Glass" Confirmed; Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy Set to Return
**Spoilers for Split, if you have not watched the film yet**
I don't think there's been a person who has given M. Night Shyamalan more sh*t than me. I absolutely loved The Sixth Sense, and it's one of my all time favorite movies. I thought Unbreakable was good, but not nearly as good as The Sixth Sense. And I haven't liked a movie of his since. The Visit was a step in the right direction, but I didn't think it was tremendous or anything. And for the longest time, I thought Split was going to be awful. The trailers were fine, but I think I (perhaps unfairly so) held a prejudice against Shyamalan. I was expecting Split to be the next The Last Airbender or After Earth, and instead we got a really great movie. I thought Split was really good, and probably Shyamalan's best work since Unbreakable, funny enough. When Split's twist happened, and it was revealed to be within the same universe as Unbreakable, I freaked out in the theater! I couldn't believe what had just happened! I ended up seing Split a second time, and I realized that my excitement from the twist improved the film as a whole in my head. It's still a good movie, but it's really the twist that makes it what it is. You can read our full review here. And since Split came out, Shyamalan has been teasing us with the third film. All while writing it, he would post about it on Twitter, and give us tiny clues as to what was going to happen. But it seemed like a third film was all too far away, until now.
"Okay. Here we go. Finished the new script. 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 @SamuelLJackson 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, Pol-. And the prodigy, @AnyaTaylorJoy will return as Casey Cooke. I'm reteaming with my partners @jason_blum and @Universalpics for this crazy comic book thriller. And 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!"
Universal then put out an official statement and synopsis, saying:
"M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals-- 2000's UNBREAKABLE and last year's SPLIT-- in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: GLASS. From UNBREAKABLE, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his psudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from SPLIT are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.
"Following the conclusion of SPLIT, GLASS finds 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.
"This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director's previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Beinstock, and Steven Scheider, who will executive produce."
We knew this was coming, but I didn't expect it this soon. This is absolutely fantastic! Shyamalan has earned the right to do this, and has taken back his name. I never got to comment on the twist, since all our reviews on this site are spoiler-free, but it is probably Shyamalan's best twist, second only to The Sixth Sense, of course. It was an incredibly ballsy move, both on Shyamalan and the producers' parts, as it required a tremendous amount of faith in Shyamalan, who just a couple years before was a name that would conjure laughter in the theater. Unbreakable, which came out seventeen years ago, was not that big of a film, and to make this connection was absolutely a risk. And now look at us. We're all freaking out over Unbreakable, as if it were The Avengers or something. That is how much of a genius Shyamalan is; he's made us care about him and his films again, and has gotten us all excited for his next project, all in one simple move! So now we look to Glass. Immediately, the title stands out. It sounds like this is going to revolve quite a bit around Samuel L. Jackson's character, and I have no problems with that whatsoever. It's cool to hear that he'll be an "orchestrator", as his character wouldn't necessarily be able to go toe-to-toe with Bruce Willis' in a fight, but James McAvoy's character absolutely can. Seeing Jackson in the background, pulling the strings, is going to be fantastic, but he won't be relegated to just a background villain if the movie is named after him. I'm very interested to see what Shyamalan does with the character.
And the January release date is an interesting one. Split had incredible success in January, bringing in $275 million dollars worldwide on a $9 million dollar budget. That is insane to think about! Glass would never make it coming out in June or July, competing with Marvel and DC films, so a January release date just makes sense. I'm sure it'll prove to be a smart choice for Universal. Another interesting detail is Anya Taylor-Joy's return. She seemed to only be a vessel for us to experience James McAvoy's character in Split, so it's interesting that she is returning. I've speculated before that I thought she would return, and that she will actually have powers. This is only confirmed by her name, which I didn't realize before, "Casey Cooke". With Bruce Willis' character of "David Dunn", Shyamalan commented on the common criticism that every superhero's first and last names start with the same letter (Peter Parker, Reed Richards, Bruce Banner, etc.). So with Taylor-Joy being "Casey Cooke", I think that all but confirms that she will be teaming with Willis in this film, and will develop powers of her own. As to what those powers actually will be, I'm sure there's some sort of clue or hint in Split that reveals what they are. Look, there's a lot to process from this. But the biggest thing is that this film is happening, and it is happening soon. And I, for the first time in a while, am excited and am looking forward to seeing an M. Night Shyamalan movie again.
What do you think? Are you happy that we're getting a sequel to Unbreakable and Split? Are you glad all the cast is returning? What do you think of the title and the January release date? Are you looking forward to seeing Glass? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Written by: Nate
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