Ladies and gentlemen, M. Night Shyamalan is back!
Man, does it feel good to say that. Words can’t express just how great it is to see one of this generations most promising filmmakers get back into the spotlight in a good way. Like many film lovers around my age, Shyamalan’s movies played a big part in shaping my personal identity as as cinephile and as a storyteller in general. So it broke my heart when he headed down the road to awfulness with some of his more recent films. But between 2015’s The Visit and the more recent Split, he’s officially back on the map.
Those who have seen the film know that it left things off in a particularly intriguing way — a way that you should NOT allow to be spoiled if you have yet to see it. As such, we’re going to have to recommend you see yourselves out of this article if you have yet to see it. If you HAVE seen it, stick around, because you probably have a good idea of where this is going.
Speaking with Collider on a recent press day for Kong: Skull Island, acting legend Samuel L. Jackson discussed his involvement with Split 2. If you’re here, you realize already that he’d likely be reprising his role as Mr. Glass from Shyamalan’s 2000 opus, Unbreakable, which is a film that takes place in the same universe as Split. Here’s what he had to say about how he was first informed about the sequel potential.
“I got a call and [Shyamalan] said, ‘Call me I wanna talk to you about something.’ And I called him, because I always do when I get a message from him always hoping [it’s Unbreakable 2], and he said, ‘I just did this film called Split, I want you to see it,’ and I was like ‘OK, I’m down with that.’ I had no idea what Split was about or anything else, and he said, ‘We’ll talk after you see it.’ So I went to the arranged screening and I called him immediately and was like, ‘OK dude does this mean what I think it means?’ and he was like, ‘Well first we gotta see how the movie does’. And I think the movie’s done well enough now to merit the ‘OK, let’s put this together.’”
That all sounds really great and promising, but the question remains to be seen just how it would all come together. With both McAvoy’s character and Mr. Glass falling more on the villain side of things, would that leave Bruce Willis’ character as the solo Boy Scout here setting out to defeat these two?
“I think [McAvoy’s character is] an adequate foe for what Bruce’s Unbreakable character is in terms of him being sort of unbreakable too in that kind of way, and me having found now—f**k, that would be two people that Elijah would look at and go, ‘Why are they so this and I’m so this on this end of the spectrum?’ It’s just a matter of breaking my ass out of wherever that mental institution was they had me locked up and let’s get it on, let’s see what happens!”
Count us more than intrigued! On its $9 million budget, Split has thus far reeled in almost $175 million worldwide, making a sequel almost inevitable. All the filmmakers would have to do is figure out the whole rights situation regarding the characters (since Split and Unbreakable were produced by different studios), and they’ll be good to go!
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