Here's Everything You Want To Know About the Ending Of 'Split' (Spoilers, Obviously)

Here's Everything You Want To Know About the Ending Of 'Split' (Spoilers, Obviously)

Jan 23, 2017

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If you haven't seen M. Night Shyamalan's new movie Split, stop reading this post.

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously. It's full of spoilers.

 

 

 

 

 

This is the last warning.

 

 

 

 

 

If you've made it this far, we assume you've either seen Split or just love reading spoilers. Whatever the case, let's cut to the chase. How cool is it that M. Night Shyamalan made a secret sequel to Unbreakable?

Fans of the Bruce Willis superhero movie have been begging him for a follow-up for years, and then he goes and makes it with as little fanfare as possible. Normally superhero sequels spend months - if not years - under the microscope, with fans tearing apart every set photo and casting news for possible clues. But Shyamalan did the whole thing without anyone noticing. It's a feat that only Shyamalan could pull off. So how'd he do it? Here's everything you need to know.

 

Yes, Split was always an Unbreakable sequel.

This isn't a 10 Cloverfield Lane situation where the filmmakers started out making one movie only to realize that with a few clever tweaks they could turn it into a Cloverfield sequel. Shyamalan has had this idea for nearly 20 years. In fact, James McAvoy's character, Kevin Wendle Crumb, was originally a part of the first Unbreakable script.

 

How did Kevin originally fit into Unbreakable?

Remember when Bruce Willis' David Dunn goes out into the city at the behest of his mentor (Samuel L. Jackson) to see if he can sense the evil in people and bumps into a homicidal janitor holding children hostage? That was originally Kevin Wendle Crumb!

Shyamalan had even written scenes setting up Kevin's multiple personalities and conversations with his psychologist, Patricia. Ultimately there was just too much going on with his backstory, throwing off the movie, and so Shyamalan took the character out and replaced Kevin with the more generic man in orange.

He obviously never forgot the idea of Kevin, though, and even reused some of those pages he'd already written in Split.

 

Will there be another Unbreakable sequel?

Hopefully! Shyamalan wants to make a third and final film in the series, one that brings together Bruce Willis' David Dunn and James McAvoy's Kevin Wendle Crumb. 

 

Okay, so when will there be a sequel?

Not any time soon. Shyamalan tells The Hollywood Reporter the final film is "down the line." And it's probably pretty far down the line, too, considering he also told Entertainment Weekly that he hasn't started writing it yet. He's got an outline, though. One he calls "really robust" and "intricate," but also "not quite there." So just give him time and he'll get it done.

 

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