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Ever since the realization that M. Night Shyamalan's Split was actually a quiet sequel to his hit Unbreakable, fans have been excited to see Glass, the movie that will combine the two. It turns out the director is a little more than simply excited. He recently posted to social media that filming on the new movie is very nearly complete, but as one of the story's key actors wrapped, Shyamalan got more than a little emotional about it.
While M. Night Shyamalan has had a career that has hit several peaks and valleys, Unbreakable was one of his early films that resonated with most fans and critics. As such, it's no surprise that the director holds the movie in a special place. The fact that Split was also well received, even before the twist ending that put the movie in the same universe as Unbreakable, certainly didn't hurt. The fact that Shyamalan decided to turn Split into a sort-of sequel at all shows that he still finds the story important. It's the only movie to make a direct connection to any of his others.
And that led to Glass. Once the connection between the two films was made, it was clear that at least one more entry would be necessary to finish the story. The film will star Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy and will bring together the characters from both Unbreakable and Split, into a single story, with Willis' David Dunn tracking down McAvoy's The Beast. Apparently, Samuel L. Jackson's Mr. Glass will be the ultimate villain here, as he may be orchestrating events himself. Anna Taylor-Joy will also be reprising her role from Split, though exactly how she fits into the story still isn't clear.
It's pretty remarkable just how quickly things are moving along. Split was released less than a year ago, and now, here we are, with principal photography of Glass very nearly finished. Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the title character this time around has already wrapped his work on the film. Unfortunately, unless the movie gets pushed up, it's still going to be quite some time before we see it. Glass has a set release date of January 18, 2019, which means it will be more than a year once filming is done before it sees the light of day. One wonders if M. Night Shyamalan's big twist this time around will be a surprise release date.