Split surprised audiences everywhere when it turned out to be the best (and scariest) movie that director M. Night Shyamalan made in a long time, so it’s unsurprising that the movie is getting a sequel. Shyamalan has just revealed a major update for the screenwriting process of Glass through social media.
According to M. Night Shyamalan himself, the second draft of the Split sequel has been completed, with a third draft targeting completion in the middle of next month:
Finished the 2nd draft of #Glass on Friday. Took 5 weeks. Started the 3rd pass today… gave myself a 3 week deadline for this pass.
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) May 28, 2017
Spoiler alert, in case you somehow don’t know the movie’s twist ending by now: Glass is a crossover between the narrative of Split and Shyamalan’s earlier classic Unbreakable. Set nearly 20 years after the events of the latter film, the fates of David Dunn, Elijah Price, Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Casey Cooke collide as a conflict involving real-world superpowers comes to a boiling point. Shyamalan was impressively able to keep this twist a secret by hiding the scene in which this is revealed – a stinger, appropriately enough in this age of comic book movies – from test audiences, meaning that the actual reveal didn’t hit until the movie was actually out. It remains to be seen if Shyamalan can replicate the same secrecy for Split‘s sequel.
Glass will be released on January 18. 2019. The film stars Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price (Mr. Glass), James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb (The Horde), and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke. In the meantime, Split is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, featuring a cast that includes James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Brad William Henke, Neal Huff, Jessica Sula, Sebastian Arcelus, Haley Lu Richardson, and Kim Director.