Split, M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller about a man harboring multiple personalities (James McAvoy) and the young woman trying to survive his madness (Anya Taylor-Joy), offered up one of the most intriguing genre surprises of this year so far. Now, we're beginning to get new insights into what the surprise actually means.
As you have likely heared by now, Split concludes by revealing that it takes place in the same universe as Unbreakable, the 2000 film still considered by many to be Shyamalan's best. As the film wraps up, we see Bruce Willis in character as David Dunn, Unbreakable's mysteriously invulnerable protagonist.
What could have been just another Shyamalan twist ending got more interesting when we learned the director was actually a planning a sequel to both Split and Unbreakable. Titled Glass, the film will unite the characters of Kevin Crumb/The Beast (McAvoy) and David (Willis), along with David's terrorist archenemy Elijah Price/Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson).
Split is very much a horror film, while Unbreakable is a thriller with ties to comic book lore and superhero themes (Mr. Glass is a comics art dealer obsessed with superheroes and villains). So what kind of film will Glass be? Speaking to Collider, producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse revealed a little tease of what to expect.
"Of course, it’s a kind of superhero movie, for sure," Blum said. "I do consider it that, yeah. It’s very different. I would say it’s not a Marvel movie, but a superhero movie."
That's not surprising given what we know about the background of Dunn and Price at this point, and we certainly weren't expecting Dunn to throw on a cape anytime soon. What is interesting about where this premise could take us is the idea that Dunn's been waiting for something like this to happen. He seems aware of what he must do now that something like The Beast is out there. As for Mr. Glass' role in all of this, here's the official synopsis for the film:
"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."
Did Mr. Glass, the aspiring supervillain master planner, create Kevin himself? We may be waiting until Glass hits theaters on Jan. 18, 2018, because it's very likely Shyamalan's not going to just spell it out for us.