M. Night Shyamalan Confirms A 'Split' Sequel Is On The Way & Long-Time Fans Will Be Thrilled
If you're one of those fans who wakes up every morning and says, "I hope this is the day I find out that M. Night Shyamalan is making a sequel to Unbreakable," then I have great news for you: M. Night Shyamalan is making a sequel to Unbreakable, his 2000 superhero-film starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson as David Dunn and Mr. Glass, respectively. But the good news doesn't stop there: the long-awaited sequel will actually be a crossover with a much more recent film, the James McAvoy-starring 2017 thriller Split. And here, my friends, is where we get into a bit of spoiler territory. If you haven't seen Split, but still intend to, then I suggest you be on your merry way.
For all those of you who stuck around, you either already know or don't mind me telling you that there's a surprise Bruce Willis cameo in Split that reveals that the whole film has taken place within the Unbreakable universe. Talk about an unexpected twist! The upcoming followup is called Glass and will combine both the worlds and the casts of both films: Willis, Jackson, McAvoy, and his costar Anya Taylor-Joy have all signed on.
But lest you think that this is just a money grab, you should know that Shyamalan always intended for Unbreakable to go in this direction.
It’s taken 17 years but I can finally answer the #1 question I get, “Are you making a f#&@ing sequel to Unbreakable or what?”— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 26, 2017
In fact, as he revealed to Heat Vision, he actually wrote James McAvoy's Split character Kevin Wendle Crumb into early drafts of Unbreakable, but the villain ultimately had to be cut. There was a long stretch between 2000's Unbreakable release and the premiere of Split in 2017, and there was no guarantee that audience's appetite for Shyamalan's particular brand of thriller would stay high. However, he seems to have played his cards right and the long game has worked out for him once again.
Glass is set to premiere on Jan. 18, 2019, which gives Shyamalan plenty of time to think of new ways to pull the wool over his audience's eyes. Not that that's ever been a problem.