Next month, M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is finally bringing the main players from Unbreakable and Split together under one “roof.” Both movies did well for themselves critically and commercially, and while it remains to be seen how Glass will perform, Shyamalan has already ruled out making a Glass 2 due to not wanting to repeat himself. As Shyamalan put it:
Whatever you may think about M. Night Shyamalan‘s body of work, the writer/director has definitely tried to keep his creative projects as fresh as possible. From The Sixth Sense and Signs to The Last Airbender and After Earth, he’s tackled a variety of different stories across numerous genres.
Split marked the first time that he returned to one of his earlier properties, although it wasn’t until the very end of the movie that we learned that James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb lived in the same world as Bruce Willis’ David Dunn and Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price. Several years later, Glass is a full-blown crossover and serving as the conclusion to this three-movie film series, also known as the Eastrail 177 Trilogy.
However, as M. Night Shyamalan told Digital Spy, it’s unlikely that Glass will pave the way for an even bigger superhero universe. It’s possible he might change his mind in the years to come, but for now, he’d rather tackle something original as opposed to explore Glass 2. Shyamalan indicated as much back in July when he said he had two other ideas for movies that he wanted to write.
What those future movies will end up being remains to be seen, but it appears that as far as the Glass universe is concerned, it sounds like Shyamalan has delivered everything he wanted to. He also noted that Glass was his most difficult movie to shoot yet because there was “lot of people and a lot of characters to arc,” although he felt the same way about Unbreakable and Split before for different reasons.
Taking place nearly two decades after Unbreakable and shortly after Split, Glass will see Elijah Price, a.k.a. Mr. Glass, and Kevin Wendell Crumb, a.k.a. The Horde (specifically his 24th personality, The Beast) joining forces, forcing David Dunn, a.k.a. The Overseer, to stop them before a lot of people are killed. Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark and Charlene Woodard are also reprising Casey Cooke (the girl who was kidnapped by Kevin in Split), Joseph Dunn (David’s son) and Mrs. Price (Elijah’s mother), while Sarah Paulson will be playing Dr. Ellie Staple.
Glass opens in theaters on January 18, 2019. You can find out what else is coming out next year by looking through our 2019 release schedule.