SPLIT Sequel on the Way
If it’s a sequel to BOTH M. Night Shyamalan’s 2016 smash SPLIT and his follow-up to THE SIXTH SENSE (not that this film is connected, that we know of, to these being discussed here, but it’s the one that put Shyamalan on the map, so it merits mentioning) UNBREAKABLE, released in 2000, could we accurately say that it is in factuality the third film in a trilogy? An argument could be made that SPLIT is the sequel to UNBREAKABLE, right? It kinda is, although none of us knew that at the time of its release. I didn’t know it until that final scene in SPLIT, when my jaw dropped. The next film in the series, titled GLASS, is scheduled to be released in 2019. We will say that it is the third installment, then. Of a trilogy? Not necessarily. There could be more movies in the line gestating in the fertile imagination of Mr. Shyamalan. In fact it’s probably a safe bet.
Regular readers doubtless recall my gushing review of SPLIT a few weeks back. (And my report on heat the film was drawing from the PC jerk-offs.) At that time I took it as a given that there would be a sequel. Considering how long it took Shyamalan to give us the sorta sequel to UNBREAKABLE—sixteen years, in case you’re too lazy to count—the more pressing question then became, WHEN would we get that next movie? Now we know.