***SPOILER ALERT! THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE RECENT MOVIE Split***
Night Shyamalan’s Split is receiving critical praise and is currently crushing it at the box office. Those that have seen the film, are aware that the Shamhammer threw in a tease to one of his old properties, Unbreakable. The final scene shows Bruce Willis in a coffee shop watching the news to hear that James McAvoy’s character is on the run after murdering several individuals. A woman states that this reminds her of the crazy guy from 15 years ago and asks her friend if she remembers his name, only to have Bruce Willis emerge to respond “Mr. Glass, his name is Mr. Glass..” This left millions of fans freaking out, begging the question, What is next?
Shyamalan recently took to twitter to respond to the uproar, and apparently alluded that he is ready to make a new film to pose as a culmination of the Unbreakable story:
So he has an outline prepared, and it’s apparently the third film in the Unbreakable universe, at least according to the vague tweet. Well, to be more direct, Shaman’s recently went on Josh Horowitz HappySadConfused podcast where he went over Split and was forwardly asked if his next movie would be in that universe and he responded simply:
“I think so. I think it’s the next thing.”
He went on to reveal that he was working on the outline and teased the epicness of the impending next film:
“I have a pretty detailed outline of like beats, scenes. It’s very long, which is worrying me, but I don’t see how we can—probably by its nature it needs to be kind of epic. The storyline that I’ve thought through feels very intricate.”
While he didn’t go any further into details he did offer some additional insight into what Bruce Willis’ David Dunn was thinking while watching the news story on “The Horde”
“My thought bubble would be—again don’t hold me to this—but Elijah never got out of the institution. He was just a guy who believed this, but David doesn’t quite 100% believe it that way, he just thinks that he is particularly meant to do this and is kind of faded a little bit. Like this idea of comic books that Elijah was saying the comic book world is based on reality, that it’s real—there’s no other evidence for this. It’s this crazy guy who has this bone disorder who’s in an insane asylum. But then this comes up and he’s like, ‘Oh my God, he’s right.’”
The hammer also confirmed his plan to have McAvoy, Willis, and Samuel Jackson return to star in the next movie and revealed Jackson’s reaction to the idea:
“I said, ‘You know I might be doing this movie and I might combine these two movies, I don’t know if you’re interested in playing Mr. Glass [again],’ he’s like ‘I’m dying to play Mr. Glass! I keep telling you every time I see you!’”
Shyamalan did follow up by saying the story needs to be right:
“All I can say is this: If Unbreakable was about a guy who is the only person who survives a train wreck, everyone dies and he doesn’t have a scratch on him. How is that possible? That’s a high concept, really cool story. And then this one is three girls get abducted by a person that has this disorder that he believes he’s many people, and all of the different personalities are saying there’s another personality coming to get them, it’s called The Beast. That in and of itself is a really cool thing. This third movie needs to have its own idea. The high concept of that final movie can’t be, ‘It’s the final Unbreakable.’ There has to be something about that that makes it its own movie… That’s when I’ll be happiest, is when it’s its own movie. In a way it could be watched by itself.”
He also admitted that in the early drafts of Split there were more overt references to Unbreakable:
“There was another version of the credit sequence which was comic book, which was graphic images of The Beast and then David Dunn and then Elijah and then them all mixing together. When I saw it done I was like, ‘This is a fucking home run,’ and then when I put it on the movie it didn’t work… It’s one thing to say, ‘You saw an origin story,’ but to go into other characters…David Dunn is reacting to the news of The Horde. End of story. If you keep going it starts to undermine the movie you just saw.”
For those that have not seen Split, why did you just read this spoiler ridden article? Now that you have though, check our review of the film HERE. This is basically the Shamhammers own superhero universe and all of these tidbits get us very excited for what is to come.