M. Night Shyamalan has rediscovered a new energy and love for cinema again. Off the back of his 2016 thriller Split, a title that showcased the best of what the filmmaker can create, he is going full steam ahead with his franchise sequel Glass.
January 18, 2019 is the date that is etched in the diary for the film that will bring James McAvoy's characters into the mix with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson from his 2000 classic Unbreakable. The first take on the draft has already been well completed. And now it is just a case of trimming the fat and whipping the narrative into shape before production begins in earnest later this year.
Short at the Pass For All Night Shyamalan
As is custom with Shyamalan, he took to social media to say that the 3rd passage phase of the draft process will be shorter than the previous.
"Finished the 2nd draft of #Glass on Friday," he wrote. "Took 5 weeks. Started the 3rd pass today... gave myself a 3 week deadline for this pass."
Finished the 2nd draft of #Glass on Friday. Took 5 weeks. Started the 3rd pass today... gave myself a 3 week deadline for this pass.
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) May 28, 2017
The director has also been spurned on by a bigger budget to play with by producer Jason Blum. The $9m given to him for Split returned a hefty $276m. And, while he will not enjoy blockbuster wages to splurge on big effects, it will certainly be an improvement for an ensemble movie that promises the goods.
Glass Won't Be Pure Continuation of Unbreakable or Split
Opening up on his grand plan to complete the surprise trilogy, Shyamalan talked about the concept on the HappySadConfused podcast. For him, the story has to be unique and stand on its own two feet.
"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," he remarks. "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."