M. Night Shyamalan starts filming for 'Unbreakable' sequel, 'Glass'

Director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie is officially underway in Philadelphia.

Monday marked day one for the shoot of Glass, the director’s followup to past hits Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2017). As Shyamalan wrote on Twitter this week, the film is “seventeen years in the making”:

The film so far has brought stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson to Philadelphia as they reprise their roles from Unbreakable as David Dunn and Elijah Price (aka Mr. Glass). Willis and Jackson will join Split stars James McAvoy (Kevin Wendell Crumb) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Casey Cooke) for the production. American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson also appears.

A film synopsis indicates that Glass will involve Willis’ Unbreakable character pursuing McAvoy’s character from Split. Jackson’s Mr. Glass, meanwhile, watches the ordeal unfold while keeping key secrets from the two men. Written and directed by Shyamalan, the film is currently scheduled for a Jan. 19, 2019 release.

Throughout pre-production, Shyamalan has been fairly open about the process of putting Glass together. Via his social media, we can see that location scouting for the production began in late August. As Shyamalan said at the time, the shoot is expected to take about 39 days, so we can expect this one to wrap the week of Nov. 5:

Many of the film’s stars, meanwhile, arrived here in Philly in mid-September. Shortly after their arrivals, Willis and Jackson were spotted dining out on the town, with Jackson hitting up Jane G’s and Willis heading to the Irish Pub at 20th Street:

With its release in 2019, Glass will serve Shyamalan’s followup to Split, a hit that brought in some $277 million worldwide — pretty good for a movie with a $9 million budget. Check out our review here.