After nearly a decade of living as Hollywood’s most reliable punchline, M. Night Shyamalan’s comeback may finally be here, as the trailer for Glass, Shyamalan’s newest film, looks like a return to form for the director. The trailer should intrigue fans of Shyamalan, as it promises a deeper look into the cinematic universe most of us weren’t even aware he was building.
The trailer focuses once again on the yin-yang relationship between David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Elijah Cooke aka Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), the protagonist and antagonist from Unbreakable, who are now in a psychological facility under the care of Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). Staple believes she can treat them but Glass has other ideas thanks to another patient in the facility: Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), the man who suffers from disassociative identity disorder and the main character of Split.
Glass hopes to awaken “The Beast”, one of Crumb’s personalities who has superhuman strength, in order to break out of the facility with Glass promising that “a lot of people are going to die.” That leaves it up to Dunn to fight against this terrifying duo with the hopes of stopping them before they unleash chaos all over the world. The trailer looks like Shyamalan’s trademark suspense with a superhero twist and Glass is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated films of 2019.
In the late 90s and early Aughts, Shyamalan was perhaps the most exciting young director in Hollywood, with films like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable earning critical acclaim and making massive money at the box office. However, audiences quickly turned on him, as his love for twist-endings became predictable and his movies got weirder and weirder (no amount of Mark Wahlberg charm can save a movie where the secret villain is trees).
By the time he destroyed Avatar: The Last Airbender, most assumed Shyamalan’s career was over but Split was a surprise hit critically and commercially and with Glass, the once-loved-then-hated director may have a chance at once again becoming one of the most exciting names in filmmaking.
Glass will be in theaters everywhere January 18.