Fans were treated to quite a surprise at the end of Shyamalan’s newest horror-thriller Split, which confirmed that film was actually connected to one of the filmmaker’s previous movies. Over the weekend, the filmmaker revealed that he already has a treatment for this particular sequel done and ready to go. This is your last chance to avoid SPOILERS so read on at your own risk . .
Like most of M. Night Shyamalan’s movies, Split is set in the director’s hometown of Pennsylvania. And fans got quite the surprise at the end of the thriller, when it was revealed that this story is set in the same universe as Shyamalan’s 2000 hit film Unbreakable.
The scene in question happens just before the end credits, set in a diner where there is a news report playing about James McAvoy’s Kevin, who’s earned the nicknamed “The Horde,” who plays host to 24 different personalities. A woman in the diner recalls another strange criminal with a name she can’t quite place. We then we see Bruce Willis reprising his role as David Dunn, telling the woman she’s thinking of Mr. Glass ( played by Samuel L. Jackson ). Here’s what the director had to say on Twitter:
“O …..have an 11 page outline for my next film in my bag. I can’t tell you what it is, but If you’ve seen #Split….you know what’s coming.”
There has been a lot of talk of an Unbreakable sequel in the past but nothing has really come of it. The director reveals on a recent podcast appearance that there were originally more Easter Eggs that reference the Unbreakable characters in his newest film. Here’s what he had to say below.
“In the script, there were more Unbreakable Easter Eggs, and I had to pull them out. There were things alluding to what’s happening in the city, and with the kind of the mania that is happening in the city. And it kept referencing… there was a version of the script where they were actively battling. Mr. Glass and David Dunn. And that was so distracting from the movie. And you are wondering, What’s going on? And then you get to the end and it confused people.”
It’s possible those discarded ideas may be used for Unbreakable 2, which the director confirmed earlier this week that he is going to start writing soon. Unbreakable was a solid hit in 2000 and while it’s definitely not M. Night Shyamalan’s biggest film as a director, it is the one movie fans keep asking for a sequel too, and now that may finally happen . . .