M. Night Shyamalan's compelling fantasy film Unbreakable was a bit ahead of its time in 2000. It focused on the superhero origin story of Bruce Willis' David Dunn and the birth of Samuel L. Jackson's fragile supervillain Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass, creating its own little super-world. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was still eight years away from engulfing the world in cowls and capes, and the comic book world was still emerging from a long period of contraction after the explosion of interest in the mid-'90s.
After years of speculation and rumors, what the polarizing director originally envisioned as a trilogy is finally getting its anticipated sequel in Glass, with Willis and Jackson reprising their original roles. Cameras start rolling in October for an expected January 18, 2018, release.
New details are cropping up for the plot of Glass, which appears to be a continuation of the superhero saga that began 17 years ago, melded with the characters from the director's acclaimed 2016 thriller, Split.
“Following the conclusion of SPLIT, GLASS finds David Dunn pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Elijah Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.”
Fusing the two films together, Willis and Jackson will be joined by Split's Anya Taylor-Joy and James McAvoy, who will portray “The Beast.”
While it might seems as if Shyamalan had been a lifelong reader and lover of comic books, the opposite was actually true with Unbreakable. Needing to prove to the studio that he could deliver a film on time and on budget, the filmmaker actually knew very little about the history of comics and superheroes, and experts like superstar artist Alex Ross were brought in to help consult on the film. The result is one of Shyamalan's finest movies, which still resonates just as strongly today, with a hauntingly beautiful score by James Newton Howard.
What do you think of this interesting marriage of Shyamalan movies, and are you fans of the original Unbreakable?
(Via Bloody Disgusting)