Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan is arguably one of the most polarizing figures in the film industry. While his initial movie “The Sixth Sense” was hailed as an instant classic, his later films have often rightly been criticized as being flat and predictable.
One movie that eventually became thought of as an underappreciated classic is the film “Unbreakable.” A clever deconstruction of the typical superhero film, the movie stars Bruce Willis, who discovers he can’t be killed after he survives a horrific train crash. The crash turns out to have been caused by Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), a villain who has been causing accidents in hopes of discovering a hero worthy of being his rival. The movie struggled at the box office when it was released, but in recent years has been recognized as being a movie that was ahead of its time.
The movie “Split” was released in early 2017 and the unexpected twist at the end was that the characters existed in the same movie universe as the characters in “Unbreakable.” Shyamalan originally included the tease not expecting to do the sequel. But the success of “Split” made a follow-up film a good bet for the studio. So all the disparate threads will come together in the upcoming movie “Glass.” The film features “Split’s” Anya Taylor-Joy as well as Samuel L. Jackson and it’s reported to be the last of three movies Shyamalan has set in this particular story universe.
The director just previewed 12 minutes of footage from the film to the two studios who will handle distribution for the film. Universal will release the film in North America and Disney will handle international distribution. According to a tweet from Shymalan this week, the footage received a “very gracious reaction.”
While some studio executives have seen a bit of the film’s footage, it will be quite awhile before movie fans get to enjoy the finished movie. “Glass” is set to be released in theaters on January 18, 2019.