Director M. Night Shyamalan's next film will be a sequel to his 2000 pseudo-superhero movie Unbreakable.
Shyamalan expressed plans to make the Unbreakable sequel to USA Today, while discussing his latest film, Split. If you don't want to be spoiled on a major plot point for Split, now's the time to look away.
Spoilers ahead for Split.
Split ends with the capture of the film's villain, an ex-soldier with multiple personality disorder whom the media dubs "The Horde." A news report compares the Horde's capture with that of Mr. Glass, the villain of Unbreakable, 15 years prior. Bruce Willis's character, Willis Dunn, is then seen watching the report, effectively placing Split and Unbreakable in the same universe.
According to USA Today, Shyamalan views the films as a trilogy, to be completed with a direct sequel to Unbreakable.
“I do feel it’s important to keep making these original movies, that’s what I do," explained Shyamalan. "But I don’t mind this unusual trilogy existing in the group."
Early test screenings of Split did not include the scene with Willis, keeping the connection to Unbreakable a secret until the film's wide release.