In case you hadn’t heard by now, and it’s not exactly a spoiler since M. Night Shyamalan himself has been talking about it for months and Universal’s now including the info in Glass‘ synopsis, Split surprised many with an ending that revealed it was in fact connected to Shyamalan’s 2000 film Unbreakable.
When Bruce Willis popped up towards the end of the film, reprising his role as David Dunn, brains sparked up: Does that mean we’ll be getting another film with both ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’ characters?! Didn’t take long for Shyamalan to confirm as much.
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 26, 2017
The filmmaker also confirmed that Samuel L. Jackson would be back as Mr. Glass aka Elija Price, James McAvoy would be returning as Kevin Wendell Crumb (and the identities within) and Anya Taylor-Joy would be reprising her role as Casey Cooke. Sarah Poulson was also recently announced as part of the cast.
And now we have the film’s first official synopsis:
From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.
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.
This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director’s previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider, who will executive produce.
Yes, there aren’t many details on offer (and really, the less we know, the better), but it’s a very enticing synopsis nevertheless. What will these “escalating encounters” between Dunn and Crumb involve? What has Glass been planning this whole time? What are those critical secrets referring to? How is Casey brought in to it all?
Shyamalan’s been on a bit of a role of late. Following a series of duds, including The Last Airbender, The Happening and After Earth, he began his comeback by exec producing Fox sci-fi mystery series Wayward Pines. His 2015 found-footage feature The Visit was also a nice surprise, but it was Split that confirmed the filmmaker had found his footing. Made with a production budget of just $US9 million, Split pulled in $US276.9 million and earned strong reviews across the board.
Unfortunately, we still have a while to wait for his next one. Although cameras will start rolling in September, Glass won’t be hitting U.S. cinemas until 18 January 2019.