Critically acclaimed director M. Night Shyamalan (“Split”) has begun production on “Glass,” a sequel to his films “Unbreakable” and “Split,” according to THR. Shyamalan celebrated the start of production by tweeting a photo from the set with the caption, “Day 1: Seventeen years in the making. #Glass”. See the pic above.
“Glass” is the next installment of a story begun in “Unbreakable” starring Bruce Willis (“The Sixth Sense”) and Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight”). Willis played a security guard who discovers he has special abilities with the help of comic book dealer Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass, played by Jackson. Shyamalan snuck Willis’ David Dunn into his recent psychological thriller “Split,” which starred James McAvoy (“Atomic Blonde”) as a kidnapper with multiple personalities. Audiences were thrilled by the cameo, which stirred up age-old murmurs about an “Unbreakable” sequel; “Split’s” success proved to be that catalyst that finally greenlit “Glass.” Shyamalan’s three main characters will finally cross paths, but no other plot details have been released.
Willis, Jackson, McAvoy and his “Split” costar Anya Taylor-Joy (“Marrowbone”) will return to their roles alongside Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”), who has also joined the cast. Shyamalan is, obviously, directing the sequel and producing alongside Jason Blum (“Get Out”) under his Blumhouse Productions’ banner; Ashwin Rajan (“Split”) and Marc Bienstock (“Before I Fall”) will also set to produce. The film is a rare collaboration between Disney-owned Buena Vista International and Universal Pictures, according to THR. Both have financial stakes in the upcoming film. Universal will release the film nationally, while Buena Vista International will release it globally.
“Glass” comes to theaters January 18, 2019.