Glass: how M. Night Shyamalan wanted to link the film to “The Visit”

In 2015, M. Night Shyamalan returned to success with his horror film “The Visit”. A feature film that could have been linked to his superheroic trilogy, consisting of “Unbreakable”, “Split” and “Glass”.

Glass : after Unbreakable and Split

In 2019, M.Night Shyamalan concludes his unexpected superhero trilogy with GlassfollowingUnbreakable and Split. The feature film marks the meeting between Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) and David Dunn (Bruce Willis), as well as the reunion between the latter and his old enemy Elijah Price (Samuel L.Jackson).

While the hero ofUnbreakable pursues the Beast in the streets of Philadelphia, they are both arrested and interned at the Raven Hill Memorial, within the service led by the psychiatrist Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). The doctor seeks to persuade them that their supposed powers are pure invention. As Kevin is assaulted by his other 22 personalities, Elijah Price convinces him to unleash the Beast. A final fight against David Dunn is announced…

Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) – Glass ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Anya Taylor Joy, Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard each resume their role in this final opus, in which M. Night Shyamalan cultivates doubt until the tragic and anti-spectacular finale, where the director diverts the usual codes of the genrenot offering the long-awaited battle and preferring the fatality generally absent from blockbusters.

When promoting GlassM. Night Shyamalan claims to have had the idea for such a vast narrative and a multiplicity of characters from the production ofUnbreakable. Asked by The Parisianthe filmmaker explains:

From the outset, I had conceived the project as a very large story, with many characters, including that of Kevin, the psychopath with multiple personalities from Split. And then, when writing, I dismissed Kevin and his “horde”, telling myself that I was going to keep him for another film. In the same way, during the writing, I said to myself that I was going to keep elements on the personality of Elijah/The Man of Glass, to devote a film to him later. And this movie is Glass.

A missing link with The Visit

In a recent interview with HollywoodReporter for the end of the series Servantthe director assured that he almost linked Glass to another of his feature films, The Visit. Released in 2015, this horror film allows the filmmaker to reconnect with success after failureafter-earth. This project brings in more than 98 million dollars in worldwide revenue for a budget of only five million.

The Visit
Doris Jamison (Deanna Dunagan) – The Visit ©Universal Pictures

The Visit tells the story of Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould), sent to spend a week with their grandparents, embodied by Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie. In the last act, the two teenagers discover that these elderly people who multiply terrifying acts have murdered their true ancestors and escaped from the psychiatric hospital where they worked. A facility that could have been the same one where Kevin Wendell Crumb, David Dunn and Elijah Price are held, as revealed by M. Night Shyamalan:

There is a link that I almost made. It was in Glass, once they all arrived at the psychiatric hospital. I wanted to tell a story about The Visit and how two people escaped from that same hospital. I was going to, but I chickened out.

Glass: how M. Night Shyamalan wanted to link the film to “The Visit” – CinéSéries