What do we call you? First name, Mister. Last name, Glass.
Well, this is exciting. Regardless of what thoughts you may currently have of writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, much of his career has been focused on stylishly delivering original stories. Despite some minor shakeups during his career, Shyamalan has continued working and seems to have found his way back in the good graces of many, following his team up with Blumhouse Productions. With a smaller budget to work with, it’s allowed Shyamalan to focus his efforts, which led to Split, a massive hit for the director and the studio. Split also happens to be set in the same universe as Shyamalan’s 2000 effort, Unbreakable. Now we have our first look at the film that will pull these two films together in Glass. Check it out above, if you haven’t already.
I’m not the biggest fan of Split, but I will say this trailer has plenty of intriguing ideas. A lot of what I enjoy about Unbreakable and Split are their non-traditional approaches to the world of superhero cinema. 2000 was a completely different time compared to today, so that film could get away with what it was going for, even if it was seen as a mild financial disappointment at the time. Meanwhile, audiences were caught off guard by Split being a supervillain origin story. Given the focus both films have on the psychological element for being special in a world full of people that don’t have the same unique abilities, I can’t help but look forward to how a moderately budgeted film like this tackles the worlds of these characters colliding.
Not hurting at all is this cast. Problems aside, James McAvoy was terrific in Split. Bruce Willis gave a terrifically understated performance in Unbreakable. Samuel L. Jackson turned in a performance far different than his usual persona in the original film as well. Seeing them all together brings a level of joy that should be fun to watch. There’s also the return of past characters, and the addition of Sarah Paulson to further elevate anticipation for the film.
We will see how it all turns out, but for now, here’s hoping the Glass doesn’t shatter.
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M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass.
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.
Joining the all-star cast are Unbreakable’s Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, who reprise their roles as Dunn’s son and Price’s mother, as well as Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story series).
This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters is produced by Shyamalan and Blumhouse Production’s Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director’s previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider and Kevin Frakes, who executive produce. Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum also serve as executive producers.
A Blinding Edge Pictures and Blumhouse production, Glass will be released by Universal Pictures in North America on January 18, 2019, and by Buena Vista International abroad.