After a string of disappointments, M. Night Shyamalan finally found success again with his 2016 psychological thriller Split. Now, Shyamalan is moving forward with Glass, the sequel to both Split and his 2000 film Unbreakable.
In a recent Twitter post from Shyamalan, he gave an update stating that the script is finished and he is making his third draft in an attempt to make it the best it can possibly be before the sequel begins filming.
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.”
So, how are Split and Unbreakable linked?
In the final moments of Split, a story about a man with multiple personalities, we see Bruce Willis’ character, David Dunn, from Unbreakable sitting in a dinner. The news woman on the television mentions a man in comparison to James McAvoy’s character. He mentions to someone sitting next to him that he knew the man mentioned in the news cast playing on the TV, which was Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Mr. Glass, linking the two films together.
In a recent interview with the HappySadConfused podcast, Shyamalan gave a fans an idea of what we can expect from the sequel.
All I can say is this: If Unbreakable was about a guy who is the only person who survives a train wreck, everyone dies and he doesn’t have a scratch on him. How is that possible? That’s a high concept, really cool story. And then this one is three girls get abducted by a person that has this disorder that he believes he’s many people, and all of the different personalities are saying there’s another personality coming to get them, it’s called The Beast. That in and of itself is a really cool thing. This third movie needs to have its own idea. The high concept of that final movie can’t be, ‘It’s the final Unbreakable.’ There has to be something about that that makes it its own movie… That’s when I’ll be happiest, is when it’s its own movie. In a way it could be watched by itself.”
Split’s James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy will co-star alongside Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson from Unbreakable in Glass which will open in theaters on January 18, 2019.