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It's only been a few months since Split was released into theaters and an even shorter time since fans have been able to view the movie at home. With this in mind, it's not super surprising that we haven't heard a ton about the movie's upcoming sequel Glass, yet, beyond the fact we know that Glass will branch the worlds of Split and Unbreakable together further. That said, recently producer Jason Blum revealed one great way Glass will be different than Split: Its budget will be bigger. Here's what the producer had to say:
The budget is more traditional, still by Hollywood standards a very low budget, but it is not $5 million.
Split has become synonymous with a lot of things. It marks a resurgence in M. Night Shyamalan's movie career. It showed that a big twist ending can still work with the right audience and that a major twist can be kept under wraps with the right conditions, including a smaller budget. But Glass won't necessarily need any of these conditions to thrive. Speaking with Collider ahead of Get Out's upcoming Blu-ray release, Jason Blum noted that the budget for the sequel is going to be a whole lot more traditional, at least by Hollywood's standards. And that could be a good thing because it means the movie can potentially hire bigger names--James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and Anya Taylor-Joy are already confirmed--and do more with special effects, etc.
It was just a short time ago that we learned it was Split's budget that helped to keep the film under the radar and keep its biggest secret intact. At the time, Jason Blum told us that the budget for Split was actually $9 million, which is still a really low number, and that number kept people from looking to closely about what the film could really be about. Indeed, Split would have been far less effective--although still a fun thriller--without its twist ending, although we're assuming Glass won't want or be able to mirror the same kind of ending the next time around.
If you've somehow missed out on the whole Split ending, we're about to get into specific spoilers, so you have been forewarned. After one of James McAvoy's split personalities "The Beast" emerges and is reported on the local news, we see people sitting in the diner and talking about Kevin's crimes. One of them is Bruce Willis' David Dunn, connecting the universe Split is in with the universe in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. It didn't take long for a sequel to Split to be greenlighted after that ending, and the rest will be history.
Of course, we won't be seeing Glass until at least 2019, which means the movie has plenty of time to come together and figure out an epic movie on a reasonable budget. For now, you can take a look at M. Night Shyamalan talking about working with a lower budget, or take a peek at what movies are headed into theaters in the near future.