'Glass' comes to theaters on Jan. 18, 2019

By Joe McGovern
April 26, 2017 at 12:22 PM EDT
Meredith has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Meredith may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.

We all know about director M. Night Shyamalan’s flair for rug-pulling and the theatrical gesture. On Tuesday night, the Sixth Sense and Split director tweeted out a tease for some forthcoming news — which led many of his 100,000+ followers to speculate that the news would have something to do with a sequel to this year’s huge horror hit Split. And fans who have seen the film know that a sequel to Split also means a sequel to Unbreakable, another beloved film in the Shyamalan canon.

And Wednesday, Shyamalan seemed to confirm what everyone was waiting for. The Split sequel — titled Glass — is now officially in the works with Blumhouse and Universal Pictures and has a release date of Jan. 18, 2019.

In January, shortly before Split opened in theaters (going on to gross $275 million), the director talked to EW about the possibility of a follow-up.

“The answer is yes,” Shyamalan said after being asked if he desired to continue the story. “I’m just such a wimp sometimes. I don’t know what’s going to happen when I go off in my room, a week after this film opens, to write the script. But I’m going to start writing.”

He also confirmed then that Split star James McAvoy was already on board for a potential sequel: “Oh yeah, he knew from the beginning. And he was pumped. He was like, ‘Oh, man, I might get to do another movie with Bruce [Willis]? My God!'”

For EW’s 2015 Oral History of Unbreakable — with multiple allusions to a sequel — click here. At that time, Jackson remarked, “[Shyamalan]’s still around. Bruce is still around. I’m still around. And I’d love to break out of the asylum.”

Indeed he will.