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Obviously there will be spoilers about the ending of Split (2017) so don't read further if you don't want the ending spoiled.

At the end of the movie, there is a scene in a coffee shop where various people are commenting about the news story about Kevin being at large and how it reminds them of the other guy in the wheelchair... oh what's his name...? And then we see Bruce Willis who provides the answer, "Mr. Glass". Obviously tying Split to the movie Unbreakable.

So is this an indication that M Night is planning to build a franchise of movies based on this universe? Has he or anyone else given an indication that this is the plan or was there some other reason for this final scene?

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From an interview with M. Night Shyamalan:

I wrote this character [Kevin] and a bunch of the scenes you saw in the movie for the Unbreakable script. He was the original antagonist and David Dunn was going to meet him in the original script.

I couldn’t get it right, I couldn’t get the balance right. It just kept wanting to eat away at the other movie. I pulled Kevin out. I wanted a really slow burn movie and Kevin’s not a slow burn. I said, ‘let me pull him out for a second and concentrate on these other two characters’.

I came up with the idea for Elijah [Mr. Glass, the character played by Samuel L. Jackson in Unbreakable]. He was always an advisor. The three of them were always in it but he went from benevolent advisor to the opposite of David Dunn! It became so obvious.

Then I said I’d do this next as the next piece in this, but I guess I felt that the reaction at the time was weird and wonky to Unbreakable, especially in the United States. ‘What is this? A movie about comic books?’ The studio didn’t want to sell it as comic books because they felt comic books were not sellable, they didn’t think there was an audience for it.


He is already working on continuing the story:

I’m writing the outline now. It’s weird. It’s long. It’s the longest outline I’ve ever had. It’s almost ten pages of an outline. I don’t know what that means. It’s very long. It has so many characters. It’s a weird process.

I already know all the characters, or most of them. I know 80% of the characters, so the discovery process isn’t there. It’s easy to write, which I’m very suspicious about. There’s not been a lot of bloodshed yet.

I hope if Split is a success, I’ll have the opportunity to finish the story. I want to finish it, so this is the third one.

  • Looks like I am too slow this days :D, anyway +1, Here is what I got – Ankit Sharma Feb 7 '17 at 8:06
  • Third one what? Third movie? Third opporutnity to finish the movie? #confused – Mindwin Feb 7 '17 at 11:13
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    @Mindwin, Unbreakable is from 2000. It's way before comic book movies were a good thing. Heck, Marvel signed away X-Men/Fantastic Four to Fox and SpiderMan to Sony exclusively, 3 of their biggest franchises. 2002 saw the first Sony Spider-Man, which was in big part responsible for the the change in perception for these movies. That was about when Marvel execs started pulling off their hairs, and scrambling for something to work with (all there was left was the Avengers). – CyberClaw Feb 7 '17 at 13:04
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    @CyberClaw At least Marvel has now worked out a deal with Sony that lets them use Spider-Man properly. – JAB Feb 7 '17 at 17:10
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    Sounds like Shyamalan is subtle-jabbing in that interview: "They didn't think there was a market for [comic book-related] movies." :) Well, the studio sure missed out on that one. – Joseph Hansen Feb 12 '17 at 4:39

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