In case you hadn't heard, Sixth Sense supremo M. Night Shyamalan is twisting the shared universe movie inside out with his next movie, Glass. Here's what you need to know about it.
The story so far
Glass picks up after the events of this year's Split, the surprise M. Night Shyamalan hit that restored his reputation after a lengthy string of movie flops.
Split stars a superb James McAvoy as Kevin, a man harbouring multiple personalities within one head, which leads him to drastic consequences when he kidnaps three young women.
The movie builds to the final reveal of monstrous personality The Beast, one that induces a physical, werewolf-style change in Kevin. At the end he survives and escapes into hiding – but not before a humdinger of a twist that re-introduces one Bruce Willis as a certain David Dunn, protagonist of Shyamalan's earlier movie Unbreakable.
This is the first time two distinct Shyamalan worlds have crossed over in one movie, and preps us for an upcoming battle between Willis' invulnerable hero and McAvoy's animalistic psychopath.
But there's one more character we need to unveil...
Given it came out in 2000, you could be forgiven for being a bit rusty on Unbreakable's storyline.
Shyamalan's critically acclaimed, immaculately composed and moody drama apes the style and tone of graphic novels in its story of two very different men.
We've already introduced Willis' David, a man who survives a horrifying train crash and becomes convinced that he is in fact invulnerable. His opposite number is brittle-boned Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), a vengeful loner who positions himself as the super-villain to David's hero.
In fact it's the latter who's responsible for engineering the opening train crash in order to test David's abilities, the movie culminating in the psychotic Elijah's arrest by the police.
The final piece of the puzzle? Elijah's nickname is Mr. Glass, which preps us nicely for Shyamalan's new thriller...
It's not just the Marvel and DC franchises that are mixing up their characters and establishing shared movie universes. Shyamalan is now getting in on the act with a hybrid movie that showcases the characters played by Willis, Jackson and McAvoy.
The official synopsis has been revealed as the following:
From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.
Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
According to Shyamalan pre-production on the movie officially got underway this Monday:
Preproduction officially starts Monday on #Glass. Doing my last ruthless trim pass on the script.— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) August 19, 2017
When's it out?
Glass is pencilled in for an 18th January 2019 release.
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