Unbreakable, Split, and now Glass, the third and seemingly conclusive chapter in M. Night Shyamalan’s saga of rogue heroes and an unhinged protagonist nursing a rare case of dissociative identity disorder.
It makes for a fairly unique franchise, that’s for sure, and the director is currently hard at work drafting the third chapter in a trilogy that’s nearly two decades in the making. Expected to launch into theaters in two years’ time, that would put the mind-bending thriller on course to enter production either later this year or, in the more likely scenario, sometime in early 2018. Chalk that up as speculation for now, but if nothing else, we can confirm that Shyamalan’s upcoming effort will be a very different kind of superhero movie.
That’s according to producer Jason Blum, who spoke to Collider recently and stated that while it does fit within the genre, Glass won’t be what you expect.
“Of course, it’s a kind of superhero movie, for sure. I do consider it that, yeah. It’s very different. I would say it’s not a Marvel movie, but a superhero movie.”
Set for a release in January of next year, Shyamalan’s wildly ambitious creative venture will tie together the plot strands of Split and Unbreakable, the superhero-esque prequel movie that first launched way back in 2000. Such a rapid expansion allows for a cast comprised of Willis, McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson and Anya Taylor-Joy, and we know from previous reports that the director is rustling up a suitably dark conclusion to this most unorthodox of film franchises.
It turns out that Shyamalan’s story has wowed studio executives, too, as Universal has allotted a “more traditional” budget for Glass‘ ongoing production. That extra pool of resources will no doubt lend the director more leeway in the VFX department, and we’re fascinated to see what the final product looks like when all is said and done.
Glass has officially been slated for release on January 18th, 2019.