In a recent interview with Collider, Blumhouse producer Jason Blum touched a little bit on the upcoming Blumhouse production, Glass, the sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s (arguably) comeback movie, this year’s Split.
If you didn’t get a chance to see Split, the James McAvoy thriller threw audiences for a double loop with its surprise ending, one that connected it to Shyamalan’s cult-classic (and what many consider one of the best superhero films ever made) Unbreakable. Audiences learned that Split actually existed in the same universe as the Bruce Willis /Samuel L. Jackson vehicle. And if that wasn’t enough of a twist, Shyamalan announced that a sequel, titled Glass and starring Willis, Jackson and McAvoy, is due in 2019.
While promoting his new Horrors of Blumhouse maze for Universal Studios, Blum teased what audiences can expect from Glass.
“Of course, it’s a kind of superhero movie, for sure. I do consider it that, yeah. It’s very different. I would say it’s not a Marvel movie, but a superhero movie.”
That probably translates into a much more character-driven piece. Willis’ David Dunn will probably not be fighting off hordes of aliens. Are you excited to see Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson reprise their iconic roles? Let us know in the comments! Here is the current synopsis for Glass:
From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym 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 Bienstock, and Steven Schneider, who will executive produce.
Glass opens in theaters on January 18, 2019.
10 Reasons ‘Unbreakable’ Is A Great Superhero Movie
*WARNING: This post contains spoilers from M. Night Shyamalan’s Split
Unbreakable was before its time, a stealth superhero movie disguised as a mystery thriller. It was M. Night Shyamalan’s follow-up to his breakthrough third film The Sixth Sense and remarkably, it hit theaters before comic book cinema became de rigueur for the Hollywood franchise factory, on November 22, 2000. While Batman and Superman lay dormant and before Spider-Man swung onto the scene, Shyamalan’s subversive take on comic books and superheroes was meta before meta, gritty and realistic before it was cool, and innovative to the point few knew what to make of it initially.
It was the one film of his that seemed prime for a sequel, and the question followed him for years. At one point, the sequel was to have been part of his now-defunct anthology film series dubbed The Night Chronicles that began (and ended) with the 2010 film Devil. It’s clear now he was talking about Split, but the idea was shelved after Shyamalan strayed into director jail after The Last Airbender and After Earth. More than that, Shyamalan made it a not only another secret origin story (this time of the villainous variety) but a stealth spinoff.
At the end of Split, there is a short credit scene set in a diner where the patrons watch news coverage of the film’s aftermath. The lead character Kevin (James McAvoy), whose condition of dissociative identity disorder causes the police to dub him “The Horde,” has escaped after literally going into Beast mode and killing/cannibalizing two of the three young female captives he’d kept locked up during the film. The incident sparks a memory in two customers: wasn’t there another crazy person, this one in a wheelchair, who the police named? Another customer says yeah, his name was Mr. Glass and the camera pans to reveal the speaker is Bruce Willis as David Dunn, the Unbreakable protagonist.
Turns out, as Shyamalan said way back in 2010, Kevin originated from the first drafts of the Unbreakable screenplay. Now that Split’s success is poised to give birth to the long-awaited sequel, with Shyamalan sitting down to write it soon with the intention of making it his next film, let’s look back on the legacy of the genre-bending original that still fascinates over 16 years later. Click Next to start!