By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Ever since it was revealed that M. Night Shyamalan’s Split was a secret sequel to Unbreakable, the writer/director has been itching to wrap up the franchise with a third film. Soon after Split premiered in 2016, he began writing a draft for a follow up. There’s been a few issues with it, however, since Disney owns the rights to Unbreakable, while Universal has Split, but those seem to have been dealt with.
On Twitter, Shyamalan has finally announced that the third film has been officially given the greenlight from Universal Pictures, with a release date set for January 2019. In addition, the filmmaker has also revealed that not only are Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, and Anya Taylor all returning — but that the name of the third movie will be called Glass. Here’s what he tweeted:
“Okay. Here we go. Finished the new script. It’s taken 17 years but I can finally answer the #1 question I get, “Are you making a f#&@ing sequel to Unbreakable or what?” My new film is the sequel to #Unbreakable AND #Split. It was always my dream to have both films collide in this third film. The iconic Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn. The incomparable Samuel L Jackson will return as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass. The virtuoso James McAvoy returns as Kevin Wendell Crumb, Patricia, Dennis, Hedwig, Barry, Jade, Orwell, The Beast, Heinrich, Norma, Pol-And the prodigy, Anya Taylor Joy will return as Casey Cooke. I’m reteaming with my partners Jason Blum and Universal Pictures for this crazy comic book thriller.And the film is called GLASS… Universal Pictures will release #Glass on January 18, 2019 all over the world. How’s that for not keeping a secret!”
Fans have been waiting a very long time for this trilogy, which has been hinted at over the years (and there was at TV show planned at one point). What’s really interesting is the title may give us a hint as to what we can expect the third film to be like. Unbreakable focused on Willis’ David Dunn while Split was about McAvoy’s character(s). Glass sounds like it will focus on Jackson’s Mr. Glass which is an interesting way of bringing the story full circle.
The other interesting thing to note is the sequence of titles: Unbreakable, Split, Glass. As you go through the three titles it sounds like something is becoming more and more fragile. I can’t help but wonder if that will play a huge role in the theme of the final instalment.
M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable trilogy concludes with Glass which will premiere in theaters on January 18, 2019.