Back in 2015 when we had the opportunity to sit down with director M Night Shyamalan about his film, The Visit, the conversation turned—as most with him have over the years—to whether or not there would be a sequel to Unbreakable.
That 2000 film stars Bruce Willis as everyman David Dunn, who survives a train wreck (and who has never been sick a day of his life) and comes to realize he’s endowed with super human abilities. Samuel L. Jackson is Elijah Price, whose bones are so fragile that he has taken the name Mr. Glass and sees himself as Dunn’s sworn enemy.
“It’s something on my mind,” Shyamalan admitted two years ago, “but it has to be organic. And ultimately, I think whatever form it takes, it would take a very unusual form. It wouldn’t be be a traditional, straight-ahead sequel. It would have to be something unique.”
Well, it would seem that the man who broke onto the scene with The Sixth Sense in 1999 has found his unique approach to the follow-up. It’s to be called Glass, and it not only reunites Willis and Jackson, but it brings aboard James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb and and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the stars of his recent hit, Split. Insofar as Crumb is concerned, he has 23 multiple personalities including “The Beast,” and his body actually transforms as he shifts from one to the other, indicating he has some powers of his own.
So, in essence, this is a sequel to two films, with Shyamalan managing to instantly create his own shared universe. As he confirmed in a tweet, it was always his dream to have both films collide in this third film.
Beware spoilers, but in the tag for Split, Willis briefly shows up, reprising the role of Dunn. We should have known something was up, especially since Shyamalan is a director who loves his twist endings. Guaranteed that no one saw this one coming.
Glass will be released by Universal on January 18, 2019.