M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “Split” has been out for several weeks in cinemas around the world, achieving solid critical and commercial success. Talk has now understandably turned towards the filmmaker’s next project.
One person likely to be involved is Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson spoke with Collider during the “Kong: Skull Island” junket this week and discussed how he saw “Split,” the now famous ending and what it means to him.
MAJOR SPOILERS FOR “SPLIT” AHEAD
Jackson says Shyamalan got in touch with him pre-release and asked him to come and watch the film. Of course that ending revealed that the film takes place in the same cinematic world as “Unbreakable” – the original film had Jackson playing Elijah Price aka. Mr. Glass. Jackson right away got excited by the idea:
“I went to the arranged screening and I called [Shyamalan] immediately and was like, ‘OK dude does this mean what I think it means?’ and he was like, ‘Well first we gotta see how the movie does’. And I think the movie’s done well enough now to merit the ‘OK, let’s put this together.'”
Jackson says he thinks James McAvoy’s “Split” character The Horde could prove a solid foe for Bruce Willis’ character David Dunn and mentioned how Mr. Glass might fit in:
“I think he’s an adequate foe for what Bruce’s Unbreakable character is in terms of him being sort of unbreakable too in that kind of way, and me having found now – f–k, that would be two people that Elijah would look at and go, ‘Why are they so this and I’m so this on this end of the spectrum?’ It’s just a matter of breaking my ass out of wherever that mental institution was they had me locked up and let’s get it on, let’s see what happens!”
Shyamalan has recently confirmed that he’s writing the film now and it will almost certainly be his next project.