Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Split (Seriously, though? What’s the statute of limitations on this one?).
Earlier this year, audiences were blown away by M. Night Shyamalan’s latest offering, Split. In years past, Shyamalan had slowly lost the trust of his millions of fans with films like The Happening and The Last Airbender. Not so long ago, just seeing his name in front of a trailer was enough to elicit groans from audiences. However, with last year’s The Visit, coupled with this year’s Split, Shyamalan’s given us a decent one-two punch that seems to foreshadow a renaissance in his career.
Split was an especially amazing film. Not only was it great on its own, but its ending revealed that it existed in the same universe as Unbreakable, one of Shyamalan’s more beloved early offerings. After nearly two decades of fans wondering if we’d ever get a sequel to the film, we finally had our answer. Even more exciting was the recent announcement that the filmmaker would get to finish his trilogy with the film entitled Glass, which acts as a sequel to both Split and Unbreakable.
But what would the budget be for the film? The original Unbreakable had a budget of $75 million, and Split had the ultra-low budget of $9 million. Given Shyamalan’s tendency to go off the deep end on a higher budget, I figured it would skew towards the lower end, but could a culmination film like Glass be executed on a budget comparable to Split? Speaking with Collider, Jason Blum — the owner of Blumhouse Productions, which produced Split and will produce Glass — gave us an idea of the budget for the flick.
“The budget is more traditional, still by Hollywood standards a very low budget, but it is not $5 million.”
Traditional is a bit of a strange word. In today’s blockbuster-heavy world, there seem to be two types of films: films made for $20 million or less, and films made for $100 million or more. Of course, these past couple years have seen a bit of a resurgence of the mid-budget film with movies like Deadpool, John Wick, and Atomic Blonde, but those films are still few and far in between.
If I were to guess, I’d say the movie would likely shoot for a middle-of-the-road budget, like $25 million. At the end of the day, Blumhouse would still want to be profitable, so going above that would be quite the gamble. Plus, this would already make the film Blumhouse’s second largest budgeted film to date behind The Tooth Fairy back in 2009 ($48 million). In recent memory, however, most of their films are made for $1-5 million, and it would be hard to imagine them going against their successful strategy for a film like Glass.
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Glass hits theaters on January 18, 2019.
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