The 2016 horror/thriller Split surprised everyone by tying itself directly into the events of 2000's psychological superhero flick Unbreakable. Now, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan will bring these worlds together for a third comic book-inspired tale: Glass.
Speaking with Fandango about the upcoming sequel to both Unbreakable and Split, Shyamalan revealed one interesting way the first and third installments will thread together.
"I don’t want to give too much away but you do see moments of the original Unbreakable... scenes you didn’t get to see."
The director also gave the definitive timeline for all three films, just to help clear up any confusion. This means Glass will pick up 15 or 16 years after David Dunn (Bruce Willis) discovered his superpowers in Unbreakable, but only two to three weeks since Split unleashed the beast (one of the many performances by James McAvoy).
This could be a window into how Glass will be making use of that unseen footage. David's story in Unbreakable is as much about his relationship with his son, Joseph as it is about his superhero reckoning. The actor who played Joseph, Spencer Treat Clark, is reprising the role for Glass, playing the same character years later -- both on screen and in real life. This could definitely be a dynamic used to help illustrate the complicated father-son relationship that David and Joseph have shared through the years.
Shyamalan also cited Richard Linklater's coming-of-age drama Boyhood as an inspiration for the technique.
Glass opens in theaters everywhere on January 18. However, there are 25 Alamo Drafthouse locations that are holding a special 'Shyamalanathon' on Saturday, January, 12th. The triple-feature will start with Unbreakable, followed by Split, and then a special early sneak preview of Glass. Things will then wrap up with Shyamalan doing a Q&A about the film, which will be simulcast to all participating locations.
If you wanna try and check out the cinematic three-fer, you can find out more information on the Alamo Drafthouse website here.