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Unbreakable/Split crossover film gets title and release date

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By Mark Daniell, Postmedia Network

Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has announced that after 17 years he will finally release a sequel to Unbreakable.

Shyamalan broke the news on Twitter after teasing the sequel during the end credits for his recent thriller Split, which featured James McAvoy as a kidnapper with a multiple-personality disorder who captures three teens.

Bruce Willis’ David Dunn from Unbreakable appears briefly at the end indicating that Split is set in the same universe as the 2000 superhero film, which also starred Samuel L. Jackson as the supervillain Mr. Glass.

Shyamalan revealed that the sequel will be titled Glass, and that Willis and Jackson will return along with McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy, who played one of the imprisoned teens in Split. The film will hit theatres on Jan. 18, 2019.

"It’s taken 17 years but I can finally answer the #1 question I get, 'Are you making a f#&@ing sequel to Unbreakable or what?'” Shyamalan tweeted. "My new film is the sequel to #Unbreakable AND #Split. It was always my dream to have both films collide in this third film."

In January, Jackson told the Sun that he was surprised by Split’s connection to Unbreakable.

“I got the news just like the audience. I’m very happy about it though, because I really liked Unbreakable. I liked playing Elijah... Night said he was hoping that Split would make enough money for him to explore the idea of making the other movie. And I guess that’s happened.”

In a 2010 interview with the Sun, Willis too expressed hope that there would one day be a sequel.

"I liked that one,” he said. “I think we should make another Unbreakable."

In January, Shyamalan told The Hollywood Reporter that McAvoy’s Kevin Wendle Crumb was originally part of Unbreakable.

“I pulled him out because it just wasn't balancing right,” he said. “But a bunch of the scenes that are in this movie, I wrote 15 years ago.”