February 6, 2017


Potential 'Split' Sequel Would Be M. Night Shyamalan's First Ever

Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

There's been a shocking twist in human history recently, one where writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has made two enjoyable horror movies in a row. And January's Split, which follows 2015's The Visit, is officially a big enough hit that Shyamalan's intimating that he'll make another:

There is no second tweet. You just have to wait for the social media twist that comes after that ellipsis.

Shyamalan has never made a sequel to one of his films. Light Split spoiler alert: Entertainment Weekly recently asked Shyamalan about whether the Unbreakable connection in Split could set up an Unbreakable sequel:

"I hope so. The answer is yes. 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."

This morning, Vulture noted that within days, Split—currently standing on $98.7 million in domestic earnings—will become the highest-grossing horror movie in the U.S. in four years, accomplished with startling quickness. Once it passes 2016's The Conjuring 2, which topped out at $102.5 million, Split will boast the best numbers the genre has seen since The Conjuring's $137.4 million in 2013.

Split has been No. 1 at the box office each of its three weekends of release. This past weekend it made $14.6 million. (The new sequel Rings made just $13 million.) Split opened to $40 million in America, marking Shyamalan's fourth-best opener and his biggest since 2010's The Last Airbender. His 1999 breakout The Sixth Sense remains his biggest film worldwide; it made $672.8 million.

Keep the horror going with actor/filmmaker Rider Strong (Cabin Fever, Girl and Boy Meets World) breaking down his five favorite horror movies for Fuse: