M. Night Shyamalan Reveals Why His First Cut of ‘Glass’ Was 3 Hours 20 Minutes

     January 16, 2019

With Glass, the conclusion of the trilogy M. Night Shyamalan started back in 2000 with Unbreakable and later Split, opening in theaters this weekend, I got to sit down with Shyamalan to talk about the film in New York City. During the wide-ranging interview, he revealed why his first cut of the movie was three hours and twenty minutes, how the film benefited from the amount of time since Unbreakable was made, how he writes his screenplays, why he had so many deleted scenes, what question he had in his writing folder that he wanted to answer in Glass, and a lot more.

glass-poster-comic-con-alex-rossAs most of you know, Glass pits the heroic David Dunn (Bruce Willis) against the villainous Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) with the enigmatic and devious Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) pulling the strings. The film also stars Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy and Spencer Treat Clark.

M. Night Shyamalan:

  • How much did he know about the ending of Glass when he was making Unbreakable?
  • Why he benefited from how long it took to make this film.
  • He reveals a question he had in his original writing folder.
  • Talks about his writing process.
  • How did the film change in the editing room and did he have a lot of deleted scenes?
  • How this was his longest first cut running at 3 hours 20 minutes.
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Image via Universal Pictures

Here’s the official synopsis for Glass:

M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone Pictures, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass.

From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

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