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Director M. Night Shyamalan poses for a portrait during a press day promoting his new film "The Happening" in New York June 9, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES) - RTX6P8Q

In the current days of silent cast and crew, locked-down sets, scarce plot details, and an air of secrecy surrounding new films, it’s nice to see someone so excited to be working on a new film that they take to the proverbial rooftop of Twitter to shout out an announcement to the world. M. Night Shyamalan did just that when announcing his next film, GLASS, a follow-up to two of his most popular films, UNBREAKABLE and SPLIT. Shyamalan produces with Jason Blum for Universal and Blumhouse, a team-up that has brought THE VISIT and SPLIT to theaters.

*SPOILERS for SPLIT and UNBREAKABLE ahead*

Through a stream of tweets, Shyamalan announced the project that he teased after SPLIT’s release, a way to merge the two storylines.

In a classic M. Night Shyamalan twist, UNBREAKABLE star Bruce Willis appears, reprising his role of David Dunn appears at the end of SPLIT, slyly revealing that the two films exist in a Shyamalan shared universe. In addition to Willis, GLASS will see the return of Samuel Jackson’s Elijah Price/Mr. Glass, James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal’s logline includes:

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.

After a bit of a slump, both critically and with audiences, Shyamalan rocketed back into form when Blumhouse gave him another chance with 2015’s THE VISIT, which turned $5 million into $98 million, and this year’s SPLIT thrilled audiences with nearly $275 million worldwide. These numbers along with the popularity of both SPLIT and UNBREAKABLE probably made it an easy sell for the studio and producers.

Shyamalan announced via Twitter that Universal Pictures will release GLASS on January 18, 2019. We’ll keep you updated as all of the details emerge on this perfect marriage.

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