M. Night Shyamalan, the director of 2019’s Glass, has revealed that the film’s poor reviews evoked a strong emotional response in him.
When news broke that iconic director M. Night Shyamalan would be making a sequel to Unbreakable and Split, a lot of fans were very excited. Unfortunately, the reviews for the film upon release were less than stellar.
This is something that Shyamalan found particularly tough, as he explains during a lecture at NYU’s Stern School of Business (via Indiewire):
“I was in London when I heard the U.S. reviews for Glass were poor. I was in a makeup chair for a TV show, and I cried. We’d just come back from the London screenings, which were through the roof. We had only great screenings of the movie around the world. So essentially I wasn’t prepared. I had this false sense of being a part of the group in a safe way. But boy, did I feel distraught that day.”
It must be incredibly difficult when a director discovers the project they had worked so hard and hasn’t been well received. Of course, reviews aren’t everything and Shyamalan’s fans won’t be shy about telling him how much they enjoyed the film.
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. This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum.
Glass sees the return of Bruce Willis (David Dunn), Samuel L. Jackson (Elijah Price), Spencer Treat Clark (Joseph Dunn) and Charlayne Woodard (Mrs. Price) from Unbreakable and James McAvoy (Kevin Wendell Crumb) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Casey Cooke) from Split, while Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) also stars.