Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass.
Universal is bringing us a taste of superheroes and a taste of horror. Moderated in Hall H by Yvette Nicole Brown. The cast minus James McAvoy (who was sick and couldn’t attend) featured Sam L Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Bruce Willis and director M. Night Shyamalan.
Glass gives inspiration for the films Unbreakable, Split, and Glass now fills the trilogy.
Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan says, “Unbreakable got mixed reviews, mostly because viewers thought it was a sequel to Sixth Sense because of Bruce Willis. M. Night was told to not mention ‘superhero’ because it was reserved for the conventions people like you all sitting here. Then I did Split and Disney was gracious to lend that character at the end. Glass was introduced and the trilogy was born.”
When reflecting on his favorite comic con memory M. Night says:
“I was walking by James McAvoy, he grabbed him and said, ‘hey I like what you do’. James said, ‘I like what you do.’ He had hair about a centimeter thick because he just finished X-Men. Thats when M Night said that’s what the character needs to look like and that’s when Split was imagined.
Samuel L. Jackson expanded on his character about how he liked the complexity, depth, the fact that he’s quiet and has such strong beliefs. He quoted:
“I don’t play the same mother fucker every time.”
Sarah Paulson says the toughest part of the film was shooting in an abandoned mental hospital and it was freezing.
Anya Taylor-Joy describes her character as someone she aspires to be like.
When asked what they would like their superpowers to be:
Samuel L Jackson and Anya Taylor-Joy said “teleportation”.
Sarah Paulson “mind reading” and Bruce Willis says “extreme strength”.
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.
Joining the all-star cast are Unbreakable’s Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, who reprise their roles as Dunn’s son and Price’s mother, as well as Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story series).
This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters is produced by Shyamalan and Blumhouse Production’s Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director’s previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider and Kevin Frakes, who executive produce. Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum also serve as executive producers.
A Blinding Edge Pictures and Blumhouse production, Glass will be released by Universal Pictures in North America on January 18, 2019, and by Buena Vista International abroad.