It might be too soon to say this, but maybe M. Night Shyamalan actually does have something good up his sleeve after all.
WARNING: This article contains a spoiler about the film Split.
Shyamalan is famous for going to insane lengths to maintain secrecy over his film’s plot twists (that haven’t always delivered). He might be in the process of executing his opus twist. Finally, because he was quickly becoming box office poison and the King of Possible Plagiarized Endings. In my opinion he still hasn’t fully redeemed himself, but Split (and The Visit from 2015) was a step in the right direction. Split is one of his most commercially successful films, and it’s exciting to hear that it’s part of a greater storyline that folds in Unbreakable, one of his first and probably most popular films.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Unbreakable–Split connection has been in the works for a while. Shyamalan told Heat Vision that he actually wrote Kevin Wendle Crumb (James McAvoy’s character in Split) into the ending of Unbreakable, but those scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. Split gave him a second opportunity to revisit that connection, and now his dream of putting this whole universe together in a sequel is finally coming true.
This is a great move for Shyamalan, and it seems to be one of those Wizard Of Oz moments where maybe he finally thought, “Oh, I’ve had the power to make blockbusters all along! I didn’t have to keep trying to re-invent the wheel (a.k.a. the science fiction/thriller genre), I should have just continued to work out what I knew and loved the whole time: superheroes!” Yes, M. Night! We all love superheroes! Why did you stray so far? So far… (lest we forget The Happening… I mean, what happened there?)
Shyamalan announced on his Twitter that the film will be called Glass, and Willis, McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Anya Taylor-Joy will be returning to their respective roles.
Universal Pictures has already slated Glass for a release date of January 18, 2019.