A sequel to the M. Night Shyamalan films Split and Unbreakable is on the way and fans could be surprised by the twist he looks to have in store for the highly-anticipated follow-up.
Shyamalan’s inspired split-personality-based horror-thriller Split, starring James McAvoy, represented a major return to form for the Sixth Sense director and struck gold at the box office.
It also boasted arguably the most significant post-credits scene in cinema to date, with audiences learning that the events of Split took place in the very same movie universe as the one occupied by Bruce Willis’ David Dunn from Unbreakable.
Dunn, as you may recall, was blessed with the power of near-invincibility with Unbreakable seeing him thwart fellow superhero-turned-villain Elijah Price, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and more commonly known as Mr Glass.
Now, in a move few could have predicted, Shyamalan has revealed that the film set to bring McAvoy and Willis’ characters together will be entitled Glass, which hints at a pretty interesting movie ahead.
“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 filmmaker said on Twitter.
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 26, 2017
Given that the film is named Glass, it’s almost certain that Jackson will return as Elijah, which throws up some very interesting possibilities.
As anyone who saw Unbreakable will recall, the movie ended with Dunn assisting in the apprehension of Price, his friend turned foe.
Price, it turned out, was behind the bomb on the train that first helped Dunn discover his long-dormant powers and, with the wheelchair-bound Mr Glass seemingly responsible for a string of terrorist acts, designed to find fellow super-powered people, he will likely be behind bars when we next see him.
However, it’s also worth remembering that at the end of Split, McAvoy’s deranged Crumb is still on the loose and crazier than ever. Willis’ Dunn is well aware of this, as we know from Split’s final scene, and will no doubt be on the hunt for McAvoy’s Crumb as a result.
But who could possibly help him in this particular mission? Maybe a like-minded superhero who previously helped him find his powers?
That’s Mr Glass and it could set up a comic book movie story boasting shades of Silence of the Lambs, with Dunn enlisting the help of the imprisoned Glass to get Crumb.
Then again, maybe Glass is helping out Crumb? Or playing both sides against each other?
At this stage, anything is possible but titling the movie Glass certainly hints at a surprise direction. Why would we expect anything less from Shyamalan?