We're about to see the worlds of Unbreakable and Split collide very soon when Glass hits theaters, but it turns out those worlds nearly collided 20 years ago. M. Night Shyamalan spent many years making movies people didn't like, but with 2017's Split, a movie that wound up being a secret sequel to his 2000 directorial effort Unbreakable, he found himself back on the right side of the line. Now, the filmmaker has revealed that the villain from Split nearly appeared in Unbreakable all those years ago.
M. Night Shyamalan has been making the press rounds to promote Glass, which will bring Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) and David Dunn (Bruce Willis) face to face with The Beast (James McAvoy). But as Shyamalan explained in a recent interview, the Beast, aka Kevin Wendell Crumb, aka the Horde, nearly met up with David in Unbreakable during the infamous train scene. Here's what Shyamalan had to say about it.
"Originally Unbreakable and Split were together. David and the Horde bump into each other at the train station, and David follows him. It's a narrative issue. Whenever you raise the stakes, you can't un-raise them. So once you introduce girls being abducted, there's a ticking clock that doesn't allow for the breadth of character development that I wanted to do in Unbreakable with David, his wife, and his kid."
Ultimately, Unbreakable was a movie about David Dunn discovering that he has these extraordinary gifts. In a time before comic book movies dominated the landscape, this was a superhero origin story in the most non-traditional sense. Narratively speaking, it's easy to see how throwing in such a complex character would have muddied things up a bit. It's also interesting to know that M. Night Shyamalan had the root idea for Split even that far back. This wasn't just something he cooked up later and decided that he could connect to Unbreakable.
As interesting as it would be to see the version of Unbreakable that includes the Horde, things almost certainly worked out for the best. Split wound up becoming a massive hit at the box office, with very strong reviews pushing it past $278 million worldwide, working from a very small $9 million production budget. The movie mostly stands on its own, save for the David Dunn reveal at the end, which helped to tee up Glass, which was somehow kept secret until the movie was released. Which, in this day and age, is downright impressive.
That brings us to now, with Glass set to hit theaters on January 16, giving us the proper sequel to Unbreakable many have been craving for years now. We should be getting some critical response to the movie any day now and, with any luck, the showdown will have been worth the very long wait. This news was first reported by Vulture.