“Split” Sequel, Shyamalan Cinematic Universe?

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Split, M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller currently in theaters.

 

And the (dethroned, perhaps finally rethroned) king of twists provided a big one at the end of this movie, which focuses on a man with multiple personalities (played by James McAvoy) kidnapping a trio of girls. The film takes a supernatural turn when one of his personalities, “the Beast,” exhibits superhuman strength and stamina; however, the real twist comes in the final scene, when we see a character played by Bruce Willis hearing about the incident in a diner, where he discusses the man’s similarity to “Mr. Glass,” a serial killer captured fifteen years before.

 

For those unfamiliar with Shyamalan’s films, this basically reveals that Split is set in the same universe as Unbreakable, a popular superhero film that he made in 2000.

 

It also provides a sequel hook for a possible third movie which Shyamalan is currently writing, where Willis’ character, Dustin Dunn, will face off against “the Beast.”

 

Split reached #1 at the box office, following on the success of Shyamalan’s 2015 film, The Visit. This is good news for a director who had become something of a joke, with bizarre flops like Lady in the Water and The Happening, and a much-reviled live-action adaptation of the popular cartoon Avatar: the Last Airbender. Fans can only hope that he remains on his game for this Split/Unbreakable sequel.

 

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