Few of us predicted the reveal at the end of M. Night Shyamalan's recent James McAvoy hit Split, one that takes an unexpected swerve into shared universe territory with the unveiling of a certain Bruce Willis.
For those who don't know Willis' character is one David Dunn, enigmatic hero of Shyamalan's critically acclaimed Unbreakable, released in 2000. The atmospheric movie probes the very fabric of our favourite comic book stories, asking us to question whether Willis' seemingly invulnerable character is in fact a superhero, with Samuel L. Jackson's nemesis Mr. Glass his brittle-boned opposite.
In a first for the director Split's canny climax crosses that movie's storyline with the events of an earlier Shyamalan property. And the filmmaker has himself confirmed on Twitter that his next movie will be Glass, a sequel to Split and Unbreakable that will mix up the worlds of both movies.
In a series of tweets it's been confirmed by Shyamalan that the movie will feature James McAvoy's Split character, one harbouring 23 distinct personalities within his own head, Willis' Dunn and Jackson's Glass. And further bolstering the cast is returning Split actress Anya Taylor-Joy whose character Casey is sure to play her own special part.
The incomparable @SamuelLJackson will return as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 26, 2017
The iconic Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 26, 2017
The virtuoso #JamesMcAvoy returns as Kevin Wendell Crumb, Patricia, Dennis, Hedwig, Barry, Jade, Orwell, The Beast, Heinrich, Norma, Pol-— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 26, 2017
And the prodigy, @AnyaTaylorJoy will return as Casey Cooke— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 26, 2017
Is the director sowing the seeds of a Shyamalan equivalent to the MCU? We'd better believe it. Given his reputation has wobbled significantly in the years since Unbreakable was released, the dramatic implications of such a story could refresh his whole modus operandi as a filmmaker.
What are your thoughts on M. Night Shyamalan's renaissance? Could Glass end up rivalling or exceeding classics like The Sixth Sense? Let us know @Cineword.