AceShowbiz - M. Night Shyamalan just brought together Bruce Willis', Samuel L. Jackson's and James McAvoy's characters for the first time in "Glass", but it may also be the last time fans see them. The filmmaker hints that he's finished with the interconnected universe that he first introduced with the 2000 film "Unbreakable".
"Yeah, I would say so," so the director tells Entertainment Weekly when asked if he's done with the "Unbreakable" universe. "I have a lot of original stories I want to tell. I'm an original filmmaker and I want to keep on telling new stories and new characters. It's fun for me to figure out a new language, and then learn it, and try to get an audience in two hours to learn, and accept it, and really find their way."
Shyamalan indeed has new projects on his plate after "Glass". He has been working on a new TV series for Apple, which he refuses to dish on the details. "[I can't talk about it] too much yet," he says. "It's a thriller, a half-hour thriller. When Apple launches their streaming network, our show will be one of their major shows, if not their launching show."
He also already has two ideas for his next big-screen project, though he's still not sure which one that he will pursue first. He shares, "Well, I've got two ideas and I guess after 'Glass' opens, I'll start to write them. I'm trying to decide which to do next. I'm leaning towards one over the other for the next one."
"Unbreakable", which features Bruce Willis' David Dunn as the protagonist and Samuel L. Jackson's Elijah Price a.k.a. Mr. Glass as the antagonist, is one of Shyamalan's best films. Gaining a strong cult following, it ranked No. 4 in Time's 2011 list of the top ten superhero films of all time.
The sequel, "Split", was released in 2017 to positive reviews. Featuring James McAvoy's Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde as the lead character, it doesn't reveal that it shares the same universe as "Unbreakable" until the end, in which Willis' character makes a brief appearance in a diner.
"Glass", a sequel to "Split", pits Dunn against Kevin's The Beast, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. It is set to bow in U.S. theaters on January 18.