HipZOMJoint Movie Pick of the Week 1/18/19: Glass

The third chapter in the Unbreakable franchise is here! Its hard to imagine now, but when Split first came out, no one expected director M. Night Shyamalan to connect Split to Unbreakable with one of his most ingenious twists.

Unbreakable arrived in cinemas during the infancy of the Superhero Film genre. Now it has evolved into a spectacle to take its rightful place among similar large films such as Avengers and Wonder Woman.

Bruce WillisSamuel L. JacksonSpencer Treat Clark, and Charlayne Woodard reprise their Unbreakable roles, while James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy return as their Split characters, with Sarah Paulson, Adam David Thompson, and Luke Kirby joining the cast. In the film, David Dunn gets locked in a mental hospital alongside his once-rival Mr. Glass, as well as the multi-personality “The Horde,” and must escape from a psychiatrist who is out to prove the trio do not actually possess super-human abilities.

While there was interest in creating a sequel to Unbreakable following its release, Touchstone Pictures opted not to finance one at that time despite the film’s solid box office performance. Shyamalan set out to write Split using a character he had written for Unbreakable but pulled from the script due to balance issues. Shyamalan realized the opportunity he had to create a trilogy of works and adapted the ending of Split to establish the film as within the Unbreakable narrative. This included securing the rights to use Willis’s Unbreakable character from Disney, with the promise of including them within the production and distribution of this third film alongside Universal Pictures should it be made. Split was a financial and critical success, and by April 2017, Shyamalan announced that he had started the production process for Glass.

Glass is now playing at a theater near you.