Spoilers ahead for Split
M. Night Shyamalan’s Split brought the filmmaker back to the forefront. Having directed great thrillers such as Signs, Unbreakable and who could forget, The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan’s repertoire began to dwindle in quality after with films like The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. He made a comeback with The Visit but it was Split that really got the director back to his feet. Much to everyone’s surprise however, near the end of the film, it was revealed that the film takes place in the same universe as Unbreakable indicating Split to be a sequel to the almost 16 year old film. This in turn prompted a third film titled, Glass.
James McAvoy’s portrayal of Kevin Wendell was phenomenal in Split and it looks like that’s translating to Glass as Samuel L. Jackson, who play Mr. Glass in Unbreakable has good things to say about him. Speaking with Collider, Jackson shared some of his experiences filming Glass and how he was particularly impressed with McAvoy. He said:
“Really exciting to make, really wonderful watching James, do what James does. I mean as good as I like to think I am or what I do and how I do it, watching somebody you know.. transform characters in front of your eyes, having an argument with four different people is pretty, pretty amazing”
With this in mind, Glass is looking to be worthy successor to Unbreakable. McAvoy is a spectacular actor probably surpassing Jackson himself. Unbreakable managed to subvert the superhero genre, threading it alongside the lines of a dramatic thriller. In regards to superhero films, Unbreakable isn’t really the first film that comes to mind especially in the midst of more high-octane blockbusters but it’s sure as hell worthy to stand alongside the ranks of The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 2 and The Avengers.
It’s safe to say than McAvoy, Jackson and Bruce Willis who plays the main character, David Dunn in Unbreakable will be great but here’s hoping that Shyamalan won’t muck it up. He definitely has a story to tell as he wouldn’t have just revealed this in Split. The film is looking for a January 2019 release and it should stand among the ranks as one of the most anticipated films of the year.