M. Night Shyamalan is a director who is almost synonymous with plot twists. Starting with his breakout movie The Sixth Sense, audiences have come to expect something mind-blowing in Shyamalan's projects, and 2016's Split was certainly no exception. A contained thriller about James McAvoy's Kevin and The Horde of personalities living within his psyche, the final moments featured a surprise cameo by Bruce Willis, reprising his role from 2000's Unbreakable.
This twist essentially created a cinematic universe, and cinephiles were surprised to see M. Night Shyamalan's dark superhero flick Unbreakable come back into the lime light. But it turns out that he had this crossover planned from the beginning, and The Horde could have made an appearance during the 2000 release. As he tells it,
Well, this is awesome. It looks like M. Night Shyamalan sat on the idea for Split and eventually Glass for a decade and change, before finally being able to complete the narrative he began. Furthermore, Unbreakable could have introduced the Horde, giving David Dunn a second villain to track down throughout the course of the movie.
M. Night Shyamalan's comments to Vulture shows how methodically the director has been approaching what will eventually hit theaters with Glass. In a time where superhero movies are everywhere, Shyamalan will bring the concept of people with abilities to a level of realism and self-awareness. Plus, we'll get to watch two extremely strong characters goes toe to toe, all while Samuel L. Jackson's Mr. Glass manipulates the situation.
So why didn't The Horde make the cut of Unbreakable? It seems it would have added to many plots to the movie, with Unbreakable largely focused on David Dunn's relationship with his family in the wake of discovering his abilities. As M. Night Shyamalan tells it:
While M. Night Shyamalan clearly had plenty of ideas for both David Dunn and The Horde, it seems the director had to simplify in order to make Unbreakable succeed the way it did. He ultimately proved his superheroics by saving a pair of kids from the Orange Suit Man. Additionally, he had his conflict with Mr. Glass in the film's third act.
World will collide when Glass arrives in theaters January 18th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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