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News! M. Night Shyamalan's Glass will use deleted scenes from Unbreakable

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We're mightily intrigued by the reveal of Glass later this month, the moody new thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that forges surprising connections between two of the director's earlier movies.

Glass bridges the divide between 2000's Unbreakable and 2016's Split, mixing up the characters from both films in a twisted variation of the shared universe format popularised by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Unbreakable was an atmospheric superhero-supervillain standoff grounded in mundane, believable surroundings, pitting Bruce Willis' invulnerable David Dunn against Samuel L. Jackson's scheming Elijah Price.

Split was the suspenseful story of split-personality kidnapper Kevin, played with diabolical menace by James McAvoy, who revelled in the multiple personas steadily revealed across the course of the movie.

The latter culminated in the reveal of Kevin's most terrifying personality, the Beast, which contorts his entire body into an invincible, animalistic monster. Of course, the real twist came in the final moments where David Dunn turned up in a diner, confirming the connection between two apparently unrelated movies. Combined, the three are now known as the 'Eastrail 177 trilogy', referring to the train crash that kick-starts the opening of Unbreakable.

In another intriguing development, it turns out Glass will incorporate deleted scenes from Unbreakable. Given the multitude of engrossing undercurrents that featured in the movie, not least the troubled relationship between David and his son Joseph (original actor Spencer Treat Clark reprises the role in Glass), there's lot of potential for Shyalaman to expand on the movie many consider to be his masterpiece.

Shyamalan tells Fandango: "In particular, we had Joseph, his son, played by the same actor, Spencer. Spencer is now 30-years-old. So it was wonderful to see the same character. And you do see – I don't want to give too much away – but you do see moments of the original Unbreakable, scenes you didn't get to see. You'll see the same actor change, you know, 18 years on camera in front of you, which is really powerful."

Although Unbreakable struggled at the box office back in 2000, especially when compared with its predecessor The Sixth Sense, critics and audiences lauded Shyamalan's scrupulous visual style that replicated the feel of classic comic books.

We're also hopeful that unseen footage of Jackson's shadowy Elijah Price (who dubs himself 'Mr Glass') will also see the light of day. The brittle-boned super-villain emerged as one of the star's most fascinating characters, a compelling mixture of sympathy and revulsion who seemingly had been waiting all his life for the battle with David Dunn, his invulnerable opposite.

Is it time for you to dust off that copy of Unbreakable and give it a fresh watch? With Glass due for release on 18th January now's the time to do so. And don't forget about our Unlimited screening of Glass on 17th January.