Well, spoilers be damned, now it’s out there. M. Night Shyamalan just announced via Twitter that his next movie is called Glass. It’s a sequel to Split and Unbreakable simultaneously and it’ll be in theaters January 18, 2019.
Bruce Willis will return as David Dunn. Samuel L. Jackson will return as Mr. Glass. James McAvoy will return as The Horde and Anna Taylor Joy will return as Casey Cooke. And if you are scratching your head about this, you didn’t see Split.
For the majority of Split, it’s a movie about a man with multiple personalities kidnapping three girls. However, once that man realizes one of his personalities is an ultra-powerful being he calls The Beast, things change. The film ends with one of the best M. Night Shyamalan twists of all time as Split is revealed to be set in the Unbreakable universe and we see David Dunn, the main character of Unbreakable, learn about the Beast on TV.
This was always Shyamalan’s grand plan. Kevin, the main character of Split, was originally in the script for Unbreakable but got cut when he didn’t quite fit. So years later, when looking for his next movie, the director had an idea.
“I said ‘Can we make a sequel that they don’t realize is a sequel? Can we make an origin story without telling them it’s an origin story until the last moment of the movie? So it plays as a thriller and becomes an origin story?’” he explained to io9 last year. “So that was the idea from go.”
And now, that idea will be fully realized in January 2019 with Glass. Here’s the early plot description:
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.