Riding high on three successive weeks at the top of the North American box office, director M. Night Shyamalan teased that he may be working on a follow-up to “Split.”
“I have an 11 page outline for my next film in my bag. I can’t tell you what it is, but If you’ve seen #Split…” he tweeted on Saturday.
“Split,” the story of a man with 23 personalities, earned $14.6 million this weekend at the domestic box office, narrowly beating horror retread “Rings.” “Split” has grossed $98.7 million stateside after three weekends.
The Philadelphia-based filmmaker has said that “Split” is the second of a trilogy starting with 2000’s “Unbreakable.” He told USA Today he’s “pretty excited” about the outline he’s got so far. “It’s very big, so that scares me a little.”
“Split” was produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions and the director’s Blinding Edge Pictures on a reported $9 million budget. Universal Pictures is distributing the film in North America.
M Night Shyamalan Unveils ‘Glass’: ‘Unbreakable’ & ‘Split’ Sequel To Star Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, James McAvoy
BREAKING: In perfect M. Night Shyamalan style, the director teased he would share some “unbelievable news” on his Twitter feed today. And he did not disappoint. In a slow reveal, the helmer whose latest film, Split, has been a $275M worldwide hit for Blumhouse and Universal, confirmed his next picture will be the sequel to both that movie and 2000’s Unbreakable. Titled Glass, it will reteam Unbreakable stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, along with Split‘s James McAvoy and Anya Taylor Joy. Universal will release Glass on January 18, 2019.
Shyamalan says of the “crazy comic book thriller” that will be his third collaboration with producer Jason Blum, “It was always my dream to have both films collide in this third film.”
A fan favorite, superhero thriller Unbreakable starred Willis as David Dunn, a security guard who survives a terrible train crash. With the help of Jackson’s mysterious and manipulative comic book shop owner Elijah Price — whose rare disease renders his bones as fragile as glass — Dunn learns he possesses superhuman powers. It grossed $248M globally.
Psychological thriller Split, which stars McAvoy as a kidnapper with multiple personalities, marked the second collaboration for Shyamalan and horrormeister Blumhouse after 2015’s The Visit. It was a monster in its debut, grabbing $40M domestically and going on to $138M in North America and $137M overseas. Japan is still to release.
Shyamalan certainly seems to have found the perfect partner for his films with Blum, and Universal’s marketing team did a cracker jack job with Split whose, (warning, spoiler alert) connection to Unbreakable is revealed at the end of the picture.
Sarah Paulson Joins M. Night Shyamalan Thriller 'Glass'
The 'American Horror Story' actress joins James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, who already have boarded the Universal film. Sarah Paulson has signed on for M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Glass. The American Horror Story actress joins James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, who already have boarded the Universal film.
Written by Shyamalan, Glass is a sequel to the writer-director's 2000 thriller Unbreakable, which centered on a man (Willis) who learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.
Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock, Ashwin Rajan and Shyamalan are producing Glass.
The film has been dated by Universal for Jan. 18, 2019.
Shyamalan announced the news in a tweet, writing: "Incredibly fortunate to round out our iconic cast of actors on #Glass... @mssarahpaulson will be joining us. #powerhouse."
Paulson recently shot the female-centric Ocean's Eight for Warner Bros. and is currently in production on Steven Spielberg's The Papers opposite Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Paulson won an Emmy in 2016 for her role as Marcia Clark in American Crime Story.
M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass' Adds 'Unbreakable' Actors (Exclusive)
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy are starring in this sequel to both 'Unbreakable' and 'Split.' Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, who appeared in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable, are reprising their roles from the 2000 hit, joining the filmmaker's newest thriller, Glass.
Glass is the sequel to both Unbreakable, which starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, and Split, Shyamalan's surprise hit from earlier this year that starred James McAvoy. The project is being described as a comic book thriller, although it is not based on any preexisting material.
Willis is returning to the role of security guard David Dunn, who is imbued with superpowers, while McAvoy is back as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with multiple personalities, including the creature known as The Beast.
Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb's superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass (Jackson), emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
Clark is back as Willis' son, while Woodard is returning to play Jackson's mother.
Anya Taylor-Joy, who starred in Split, is back as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Sarah Paulson is also on the call sheet in a new undisclosed role.
Shyamalan, who wrote the script and is directing Glass, is producing with Jason Blum. Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock are also producing, while Steven Schneider will executive produce.
Clark, who was 13 when Unbreakable was released, was recently seen playing villain Werner von Strucker on ABC's Agents of SHIELD and had a run on TNT's Animal Kingdom.
Woodard has appeared on recent episodes of The Leftovers, The Blacklist and People of Earth.
Universal, Disney Team for M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass'
The filmmaker's latest thriller kicked off production Monday. Universal Pictures and Disney arm Buena Vista International are teaming for Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, which began production Monday.
The project marks a rare collaboration between the two studios as both have a material stake in the new movie.
Glass is the sequel to Unbreakable, which starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, and was released by Disney’s Touchstone label. But it is also a follow-up to Split, Shyamalan's surprise hit from earlier this year that starred James McAvoy and was released by Universal.
Shyamalan received permission from Disney to insert Willis’ character in Split for a surprise cameo. The cameo proved to be so popular that it whetted an appetite for the long-rumored sequel to the filmmaker’s 2000 hit.
Talks followed and now Universal is releasing Glass domestically while BVI will release the film internationally.
To celebrate day one of production, the director shared a photo of the slate.
For Glass, Willis returns as David Dunn, as does Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are McAvoy, reprising his role as the multi-personalitied Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.
Shyamalan and Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum are producing the pic, as are Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock.