'Glass': M. Night Shyamalan's career could experience a new spring with this movie; here's why?

The director gave us some extremely thought-provoking stories, but at this point in his career he might stumble or rise higher.

'Glass': M. Night Shyamalan's career could experience a new spring with this movie; here's why?

Director M. Night Shyamalan who was once hailed as the "the next Spielberg" by Newsweek is coming up with the final installment in the 'Unbreakable' trilogy, 'Glass'. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy, 'Glass' will see Shyamalan's three most intriguing characters come together for the last time. The movie will follow the aftermath of David Dunn (played by Willis) tracking down Kevin Wendell Crumb/the Horde (played by McAvoy) as they find themselves imprisoned in a psychiatric facility along with Elijah “Mr. Glass” Price (played by Jackson). 

'Glass' is not only generating buzz due to its place as the final chapter in Shyamalan's epic world of human-superheroes, but because it can be the director's golden chance to regain his stature as one of the last proficient storytellers of the previous century. Shyamalan became the hot-topic for movie watchers when his breakthrough smash hit 'The Sixth Sense' released in 1999. The outré tale about a disheartened child psychologist treating a young boy who acts as a medium of communication between the former and a slew of unhappy spirits presented Shyamalan as a filmmaker with his own genre. 

'The Sixth Sense' (1999) introduced Shyamalan as a master storyteller. (IMDb)
'The Sixth Sense' (1999) introduced Shyamalan as a master storyteller. (IMDb)

'Unbreakable' followed in 2000 and it soon defined an entirely new universe of superheroes who, unlike the other capped guardians, are very much human. Following the story of David Dunn, a man who practically can never be broken physically, 'Unbreakable' introduced the audience to two of Glass' central characters. The intriguing movie saw Dunn and Elijah Price play the foil to each other, as one acted as the hero but the other remained more of an antagonist in the story, instead of a regularly contradicting villain. The movie brought to the audience Shyamalan's bizarre world and it was loved by critics, film-buffs, and entertainment-seekers alike. Now, that's some feat to achieve!

With 'Unbreakable', Shyamalan defined a whole new universe of super-heroes. (IMDb)
With 'Unbreakable', Shyamalan defined a whole new universe of super-heroes. (IMDb)

However, Shyamalan's hold over the entire film community seemed to stagger when 'Signs' (2002) and 'The Village' (2004) saw the audience and the critics divided in their opinion. In spite of the contradicting reviews, the films seemed to do quite well in the theatres, especially 'The Village', which was raved at by critics but managed to bag a profit of $200 million at the box office. The final blow to Shyamalan's glass room was when the release of a documentary called 'The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan' (2004) portrayed the director as a man with a connection to the "other side". It almost spoon-fed the audience into believing that Shyamalan's bizarre characters were actually parts of what he was in life. 

'Signs' and 'The Village' were unable to live up to audience's expectations. (IMDb)
'Signs' and 'The Village' were unable to live up to audience's expectations. (IMDb)

With the director now appearing to be as unreal as his movies, his next release 'Lady in the Water' (2006) which also saw him in the lead role, shattered all previous notions about his talent. When 'The Happening' (2008) was labeled as one of the first mainstream ecological-horror films, it barely managed to fix the damage that the 2006 movie had caused. Shyamalan's pit seemed to deepen when 'The Last Airbender' (2010), a horrifying adaptation of Nickelodeon's  Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino-created epic series about a world divided into four nations-each representing a natural element, and the Will Smith-Jaden Smith-starring 'After Earth' (2013) hit the theaters. 

'The Last Airbender' was the nadir in the director's career. (IMDb)
'The Last Airbender' was the nadir in the director's career. (IMDb)

Then again, every nightmare comes to an end, and the curse seemed to break when Shyamalan's 'The Visit' (2015), a strange tale about two girls who meet their grandparents for the first time made nearly $98.5 million in the box office far exceeding its minimum budget of $5 million. After that, Shyamalan seemed to be back on track with the second installment in the 'Unbreakable' universe, the James McAvoy starring movie 'Split' (2016). The story about a man embodying 24 different personalities, became a benchmark that defined the extending imagination of Shyamalan, who by now seemed to have refused the human existence as a limit. 

With 'Split' the director finally seemed to have regained his creative intelligence. (IMDb)
With 'Split' the director finally seemed to have regained his creative intelligence. (IMDb)

The surprise hit became a huge box office success earning around $287 million once again exceeding the director's minimal budget of $9 million. With a trilogy now set to be worked on, 'Glass' can be the movie which will establish a whole new era for Shyamalan. The movie is coming out in a time when cinemagoers are just as excited for an action-packed Marvel-DC mash up as they are awed by the artistic work of Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma'. Shyamalan always added a unique blend of raw emotion and desperate slyness to his characters, and these could very well be the USP of his works. 'Glass' will be released on January 18, 2019, by Universal Pictures in the United States and by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, and we can hope that with his three strong characters in the lead, Shyamalan will live up to his standard. 

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