It’s official: Unbreakable is finally getting a sequel, with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson returning as David Dunn and Elijah Price, respectively. Split stars James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy are also on board for the new film, which is titled Glass and is set for release on January 18, 2019.
M. Night Shyamalan broke the news via Twitter, revealing that he’s already finished writing the film’s script. Here’s what he had to say:
Okay. Here we go. 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 @SamuelLJackson will return as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass. The incomparable @SamuelLJackson will return as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass. And the prodigy, @AnyaTaylorJoy will return as Casey Cooke. 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!
The news doesn’t come as a surprise, as Split ended up becoming a smash hit after its release this past January, grossing more than $274 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of just 9 million. Shyamalan has been teasing the sequel’s writing process since, but we hadn’t heard anything official until now.
An early plot description for Glass has also been released. You can check it out below.
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.
Universal Pictures is distributing the sequel. No further details about the project are known at this time, so make sure to keep checking back for more updates.
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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!