[Fair Warning: This post contains spoilers for Split.]
Split, the wildly entertaining (and extremely profitable) low-budget B-movie that has proven to be writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s creative and commercial comeback, has two twists, neither of which are very easy to guess. The first is that it’s actually playing its premise straight, which is to say that it doesn’t really have a twist at all. The second is that takes place in the same fictional universe as Unbreakable, the pre-comic-book-blockbuster-boom reimagining of superhero origin stories that has come to be regarded as one of Shyamalan’s best films.
After months of hints, Shyamalan revealed this morning that his next project will in fact be a proper sequel to both Unbreakable and Split—one that will presumably pit Bruce Willis’ everyman of steel David Dunn against James McAvoy’s The Horde, with some involvement from Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah “Mr. Glass” Price. As Variety reports, the film will be titled Glass, with Willis, Jackson, McAvoy, and Split co-star Anya Taylor-Joy all confirmed tor reprise their roles.
Glass will follows Dunn as he tracks The Horde in “a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.”
The release date for Glass has been set to January 18, 2019.