On January 18, 2019, Universal Pictures will release Glass and complete a trilogy nearly two decades in the making. M. Night Shyamalan wrote and directed the film, and fans can hardly wait to find out how it finishes the story set up in 2016's Split and 2000's Unbreakable. Audiences consider Split and Unbreakable two of the best M. Night Shyamalan films—right below The Sixth Sense, that is—so fans have high expectations for its sequel.
Glass stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy. Their characters will cross paths in an institution under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Ellie Staple, played by Sarah Paulson. Dr. Staple oversees patients who experience delusions of grandeur, specifically those who believe they have superpowers. The film's trailer, released at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, revealed some details about the new thriller, but both comic book and horror fans are chomping at the bit to know more.
Universal Released The First Trailer At Comic-Con
The official trailer for Glass premiered on July 20, 2018, at San Diego Comic-Con. Leading up to the trailer, Universal Pictures released three teaser videos, each focusing on a central character from the trilogy.
The First Official Poster Hints At A Rift Between Perception And Reality
The teaser poster pictures each of the trilogy's three main characters sitting inside of what appears to be a mental facility. Beneath their feet, their reflections show them in their heroic and villainous forms. Between this and the first trailer, it looks like the movie will explore whether the three truly have super powers, or if their gifts come from a deeper part of their minds.
The Villain From 'Split' Was Originally Supposed To Appear In 'Unbreakable'
Universal Pictures first announced Glass in April 2017, after M. Night Shyamalan's Split proved a box office success, earning $278.4 million worldwide and $138.2 million in the United States. Fans were shocked to find out Split connected with the world of 2000's Unbreakable, but in Shyamalan's mind, the psychopathic split personalities of Kevin Wendell Crumb were always a part of his Unbreakable universe.
Shyamalan told Entertainment Weekly in 2017 that Crumb was in the original script for Unbreakable, but he edited the character out in later drafts because he wanted to streamline the plot.
It Was An Emotional Moment When The Film's Main Characters Reunited On Set
During an interview on Conan, M. Night Shyamalan said that the moment the trilogy's main characters reunited on set was "strangely emotional," not just for him, but for the entire crew. He explained that Glass is the first time he's written something not wholly new and original:
I kind of make my life, since I was 20, making original stories. Everything is new. And this is the first time I actually wrote something that is based on characters from a different point in my life.