M. Night Shyamalan has already rounded out the cast for his next film. The untitled project is, of course, shrouded in mystery, with no script, story, or setting details. All we know right now is who the director is casting in the film. Today he hired Eliza Scanlen (Little Women), Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Aaron Pierre (Krypton), Alex Wolff (Hereditary), and Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) in roles for the mystery project. Shyamalan will, of course, write, produce, and direct the film, and Universal Pictures will release it. That is all that anyone knows at this point, and with the shutdowns still in place, they don't even know when it will begin shooting. The news was reported by Variety.
Could The New Shyamalan Film Tie To Glass & Split?
The obvious question is if this new film will somehow tie into his hits from the last few years Glass and Split, and Unbreakable before those. When we last left that universe at the end of Glass, David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), and split personality Kevin (James McAvoy) all lay dead, as footage of them using their superpowers was shared across the world. Could whatever this new film ends up being be a new generation of super-powered beings? Many would like to see Shyamalan continue the story and universe from those films. Hopefully, whatever it ends up being will NOT tie into The Happening. We never need to go back into that universe.
Whatever it happens to be, there is no denying that Shyamalan is back in a big way. Self-funding Split and Glass, along with another of his films The Visit, the film's combined budgets were $35 million, and they pulled in over $600 million worldwide. Look for the anticipation of this new film to reach a fever pitch as more concrete announcements are made.