Mr. Glass Returns
During the Universal Pictures panel at Comic-Con 2018, M. Night Shyamalan (Unbreakable) debuted the trailer for Glass. The film is the final installment in his Unbreakable trilogy, following the surprise sequel Split. Glass hits theaters January 18th, 2019.
The Resurrection of M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan’s career has had as many twists and turns as his movies. Following his debut film, The Sixth Sense, people hailed him as the next Hitchcock. He continued his trajectory through films like Unbreakable and Signs. But, after the release of The Village, fans’ interest waned. Lady in the Water and The Happening were critical failures, and his adaptation of The Last Airbender felt like a nail in the coffin. He attempted a career readjustment with After Earth, but his name wasn’t used in the marketing and the film was a huge failure.
However, powerhouse producer Jason Blum took a chance on the director and financed The Visit. The Visit is a weird and darkly humorous found-footage film shot on a micro-budget. It was a financial success and was generally well received. Even though it was too early to say Shyamalan’s career was back, people were excited about his movies again. In 2017, the director released Split, a mystery thriller surrounding a psychopath with multiple personalities. But, as with most things Shyamalan, Split wasn’t what it seemed. In the film’s final moments, it is revealed that the movie is a stealth sequel to Unbreakable, his hyper-realistic superhero movie. With renewed interest in his films, Shyamalan went right to work on the follow-up, Glass.
Unleash the Beast
During Universal’s Comic-Con panel, Shyamalan debuted the first trailer for Glass. It picks up in the aftermath of Split, with Kevin, David, and Mr. Glass in a mental institution. There, they meet a therapist specializing in treating individuals who believe they are superheroes. See the rest of the trailer below and we’ll discuss more after!
Holy. Moly. That is a fantastic teaser trailer. Seeing these actors slip back into their characters feels natural. Furthermore, Shyamalan displays a wonderful sense of arcs in this trailer. Mr. Glass is unhinged as ever, and masterminding a plot to take down Dunn with the help of the Beast. We see Dunn’s progression of power and Kevin’s control of the Beast. However, given the title, this is Mr. Glass’s movie through and through. The idea of a film trilogy dedicating each movie to a specific major character and their perspective is outstanding, and it looks like Glass is exactly that. Besides, it’s nice to be excited about M. Night Shyamalan movies again.