It’s almost impossible to discuss the films of M. Night Shyamalan without resorting to spoilers. If you haven’t seen Split or Unbreakable, stop reading now. If you have seen them, you’ll know that the former was a surprise sequel to the latter, when we see Bruce Willis’ David Dunn learning about James McAvoy’s The Horde in Split’s final minutes.
By giving birth to his own DIY superhero universe, Shyamalan opened the possibility of a third movie that would pit Unbreakable’s Dunn against Split’s The Horde. On Wednesday, the director made our fanboy dreams a reality, when he took to Twitter to confirm that a crossover sequel is happening. It’s called Glass and it’s coming out on January 18th, 2019.
It’s taken 17 years but I can finally answer the #1 question I get, “Are you making a f#&@ing sequel to Unbreakable or what?”— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 26, 2017
And the film is called GLASS…— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 26, 2017
Universal Pictures will release #Glass on January 18, 2019 all over the world. How’s that for not keeping a secret!— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 26, 2017
Shyamalan also revealed that, along with Willis and McAvoy reprising their respective roles, Samuel L. Jackson will return as Unbreakable’s arch-villain Mr. Glass. Even Anya Taylor-Joy will be back as Split’s resilient heroine Casey Cooke. Here’s an early plot description teasing the how the characters from both films will interact in their shared world:
“Following the conclusion of SPLIT, GLASS finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.”
The news comes as Shyamalan finds himself in the midst of a creative renaissance, following a bleak spell when the man once considered “The Next Spielberg” was making dreck like Avatar: The Last Airbender. But after teaming with low-budget horror darlings Blumhouse on the surprise hits The Visit and Split, Shyamalan is once again back in Hollywood’s good graces. The last time he was this hot, *Lady in The Water *happened. So while the Glass news is definitely encouraging, let’s remember to keep our expectations in check.