Glass is an upcoming American superhero thriller 2019 written, co-produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
The film is a sequel to Shyamalan’s previous films, Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016), which make up the Unbreakable series, also known as the Eastrail 177 trilogy.
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard will reprise their roles as Unbreakable, while James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy will return as their characters from Split, with Sarah Paulson and Adam David Thompson joining the cast.
While there was interest in creating a sequel to Unbreakable after its release, Touchstone Pictures opted not to fund one at that time despite the strong performance of the film’s box office.
Shyamalan started writing Split using a character he had written for Unbreakable but removed from the script due to balance problems. Shyamalan realized the opportunity he had to create a trilogy of works and adapted the end of Split to establish the film as part of the unbreakable narrative.
This included obtaining rights to use the character Unisible de Willis by Touchstone Pictures, with the promise of including them in the production and distribution of this third film along with Universal Pictures if it is done.
Split was a financial and critical success, and in April 2017, Shyamalan announced that the production process for Glass had begun.
The film is scheduled to premiere on January 18, 2019 by Universal Pictures in the United States and by Buena Vista International.
Glass 2019 Film
- Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
- Produced By: M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock, Ashwin Rajan
- Written By: M. Night Shyamalan
- Music By: West Dylon Thordson
- Cinematography: Mike Gioulakis
- Edited By: Luke Ciarrocchi, Blu Murray
- Release Date: 18 January 2019 (United States)
Summary (Glass 2019 Film)
Following the conclusion of Split, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) pursues the superhuman person of Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) of The Beast in a series of growing encounters, while the shadowy presence of Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) goes by ‘Mr. Glass’, emerges as an orchestrator who keeps critical secrets for both men.
Cast (Glass 2019 Film)
Bruce Willis as David Dunn [The Overseer (The Protector)]:
A former college football prodigy became a security guard who possesses superhuman strength, endurance and invulnerability, as well as an extra-sensory ability to see the crimes committed by people by touching them. During the film, Dunn will use a new alias called “The Overseer”.
Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price [Mr. Glass (The Mastermind)]:
A mass murderer and comics theorist with osteogenesis imperfecta type I and superhuman intelligence that was turned over to the authorities after Dunn discovered the extent of his crimes.
James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb [The Horde (The Collective)]:
A former employee of the Philadelphia Zoo with 23 different personalities whose body chemistry changes with each personality, resulting in a personality number 24 known as “The Beast”. Apart from The Beast, Kevin’s personalities will consist of Jade, Orwell, Barry, Patricia, Hedwig, Mary Reynolds, Dennis, Norma, B.T, Mr. Pritchard, Jelin and Samuel.
- Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple: psychiatrist specializing in delusions of greatness that treats patients convinced that they are superhuman beings.
- Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke: a young girl who was kidnapped by one of Kevin’s personalities as a possible sacrifice to “The Beast” and survived.
- Spencer Treats Clark as Joseph Dunn: the son of David who has believed in his father’s abilities since he was a child, and sees him as a real-life superhero.
- Charlayne Woodard as Mrs. Price: Elijah’s mother who took great care of her son and always told her that he was special, no matter what others said.
- Adam David Thompson as Daryl Pierce.
Production (Glass 2019 Film)
After the release of Unbreakable in 2000, rumors of possible sequels began to circulate in different interviews and on movie sites. In 2000, Bruce Willis was quoted in the hope of an unbreakable trilogy.
In December 2000, director / writer M. Night Shyamalan denied rumors that he wrote Unbreakable as the first installment of a trilogy, saying he was not even thinking about that.
In August 2001, Shyamalan stated that, due to successful DVD sales, he had approached Touchstone Pictures about a sequel to Unbreakable, an idea that Shyamalan said the studio originally rejected due to the film’s disappointing box-office performance.
In a September 2008 article, Shyamalan and Samuel L. Jackson said there was a discussion about a sequel when the movie was being made, but that they mostly died with the box office disappointing. Jackson said he was still interested in a sequel, but Shyamalan was not committed. In February 2010, Willis said that Shyamalan “was still thinking about making the fight movie between Sam and me that we were going to do”, and stated that while Jackson could participate, he would be “prepared for it.”
Shyamalan continued working on other films after Unbreakable, and in 2016 he released Split.
The main antagonist of Split is Kevin Wendell Crumb, played by James McAvoy, a person suffering from a dissociative identity disorder that affects the chemistry of his body, adapting the gestures of each of the people.
One of these personalities is “The Beast”, which makes Crumb’s body transform into a superhuman ferocious state, with the desire to consume those who have not had a traumatic situation in their lives, which he does not consider “broken” Crumb had been written in the Unbreakable script, but Shyamalan felt that there were balance problems with his inclusion and took him out of the story; Split was effectively rewritten from some of the scenes he had planned for Crumb expanding into an independent image.
The cast will include actors returning from both films: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard of Unbreakable and James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy of Split will once again play their respective roles in Glass.
Sarah Paulson has also joined the cast as a new character. In November of 2017, Adam David Thompson joined the cast in an undisclosed role.
The main photography of the film began on October 2, 2017 in Philadelphia, after a week of rehearsals. Shyamalan planned a 39 day shoot in this period. On October 31, 2017, it was reported that Shyamalan was filming at the Allentown State Hospital for the film and that he would be filming there for a few weeks.
On December 12, Shyamalan revealed that he plans to shoot 4 scenes in January 2018, stating that he will have to travel for them. On February 16, 2018, a scene was filmed at Bryn Mawr College in the sports center.
On July 12, 2018, the first official photographs of the production were published, including shots of Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson and James McAvoy.
Glass is expected to be theatrically released on January 18, 2019 in the United States by Universal Pictures and in international territories by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through the Buena Vista International label.
On April 25, 2018, the film was presented at CinemaCon, with the assistance of Shyamalan. He presented images of the film, along with the first official image, with Willis, Jackson and McAvoy in character.
He also expressed his intention with the film saying: The worlds of Unbreakable and Split finally collide in the Cup. What if these real-life superheroes and super villains are somehow locked together? What could go wrong? He considered that it is the first comic book with real foundation”.
On July 12, 2018, the first official photographs of the production were published, including shots of Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson and James McAvoy. On July 20, 2018, the film was promoted in San Diego Comic-Con, with Shyamalan, Willis, Jackson, Taylor-Joy and Paulson attending a panel, where the first trailer for the film was released.
In the United States and Canada, Glass is projected to earn between $ 50 and $ 75 million during its four-day MLK Day opening weekend.
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