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.
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!