M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Glass, a sequel to Split and Unbreakable, has wrapped filming. Shyamalan broke onto the scene as a director in 1999 with The Sixth Sense and his surprising stories helped him establish his touch. The gift of surprises eventually turned to a curse with Shyamalan falling out of favor with many moviegoers thanks to films like Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, and After Earth. However, this year brought about his resurgence with Split receiving critical praise and performing well at the box office.
What appeared to be just a standalone film, Split caught Shyamalan fans by surprise when it was revealed in the closing seconds that it was set in the same world as Unbreakable. The response to the film and the twist made Split a huge talking point, and wound up giving Shyamalan a chance to complete the “trilogy” with Glass. It may not be hitting theaters till 2019, but production is already done.
Shyamalan took to Twitter to confirm that filming has wrapped on Glass. This marks the end of production only two months after filming began in early October, so Shyamalan clearly worked quickly. The film brought together casts from both movies, with Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy among the stars, but Anya Taylor-Joy is also returning as her role from Split. Along with Shyamalan, she too shared that filming is done.
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Glass isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until early 2019, so Shyamalan will have plenty of time to edit the footage and do any necessary reshoots before then. If all things go smoothly moving forward, it could be possible Universal moves it up to capitalize on the continued buzz for Split. However, it performed incredibly well in the vacant month of January this year, so it is understandable why they would try to replicate the success two years later in the same release window with Glass.
Much of the plot for Glass is still unknown, other than the main conflict being between Willis’ Dunn and McAvoy’s Crumb. Part of this confrontation has been revealed thanks to Glass set videos, but there’s yet to be any official looks at the film. Sarah Paulson is one of the few new cast members, but it isn’t clear how she will factor into the plot. Glass did however bring back Unbreakable cast members Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard. Whatever Shyamalan has crafted for Glass, we can only hope it matches the quality of the two films that came before.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Glass release date: Jan 18, 2019