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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post will contain spoilers for the film Split.

M. Night Shyamalan is officially back! Last year saw the release of a small found footage film called The Visit. It wasn’t exactly plastered all over the marketing (for good reason), but it marked a promising comeback for the suspense director. However, when this year’s Split hit theaters, it was something of a revelation.

The film may not have been as strong as Shyamalan’s earlier work, but it was a definite step up. Additionally, with its mythology tied to Unbreakable — arguably the filmmaker’s best offering to date — we seemed poised to see a true renaissance of his work. This idea is bolstered by Shyamalan’s next film — a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split called Glass.

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The film is set to hit theaters in January of 2019, so that gives them about a year and a half to polish the script, shoot the film, and put it through postproduction. But when are they currently scheduled to shoot? Luckily, actor Samuel L. Jackson was more than happy to let viewers know when that would be going down.

Speaking with Collider, Jackson said:

“We start rehearsal on [September] 18th and I start shooting on the 25th.”

This is fantastic news. If you look at big blockbusters, quite often they’re starting production 11-14 months prior to its release date, but in this case, they’re about 18 months ahead of the release. Given that this is a thriller, you likely aren’t looking at a huge postproduction undertaking, so there was time to delay if the script needed work. The fact that they’re willing to go forward with the script speaks to its potential strength.

The official synopsis for Glass is below:

“M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s UNBREAKABLE and last year’s SPLIT—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.”

Are you excited that the film is already nearing its production? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Glass hits theaters on January 18, 2019.

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SOURCE: Collider

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.