M. Night Shyamalan has confirmed on Twitter that West Dylan Thordson is currently scoring the upcoming superhero thriller Glass. The film is written and directed by Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village) and stars Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price (aka Mr. Glass), James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, as well as Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard and Sarah Paulson. The movie brings together the narratives of Shyamalan’s 2000 feature Unbreakable (scored by James Newton Howard) and last year’s Split (scored by Thordson). Shyamalan is also producing the project with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum (Get Out, Insidious, Paranormal Activity), Ashwin Rajan (Wayward Pines) and Marc Bienstock (The Visit). Glass is set to be released on January 18, 2019 by Universal Pictures.

Thordson (Joy, 3 Generations) has also recently scored the upcoming sci-fi drama UFO written and directed by Ryan Eslinger and starring Alex Sharp, Ella Purnell, Benjamin Beatty and David Strathairn.

  1. Bernd-Helmut Heine says:

    No more JNH as composer-of-choice? That´s almost tragic because his collaboration with Shyamalan was a very successful one (“6th Sense”, “The Village”, “Lady in the Water”, etc.). I would have loved to hear a return to Howard´s themes and ideas from “Unbreakable”…

  2. Tor says:

    Okay. Let’s look at the facts:

    – Some Blumhouse movies have had orchestral scores (Get Out, Happy Death Day)

    – James Newton Howard has written electronic scores in the past (anything before The Package) and present (Nightcrawler, Detroit)

    – This film is getting a bigger budget than the usual Blumhouse product

    – I’m damn sure that some good scores have come from utilizing a handful of orchestral players and an electronic palette (John Ottman’s Trapped springs to mind)

    And still, this guy is scoring “Glass”? I smell fish.

  3. David Coscina says:

    Big time disappointment. Unbreakable was and is one of JN Howard’s best scores with a distinct musical character. Everything I’ve heard from Thordson is soundscapes, meandering piano chords and riffs, nothing that distinguishes it from the mass of everything else out there. What a pity.

    • Lee says:

      I have heard it from JNH himself, at a composer talk, that he is working on Glass. He said it wont be as full composer, but that he will be doing something on the film.

      • Josiah says:

        Lee, do you have a video link for this composer talk you mentioned?

      • Adrian says:

        Do you have a source?

        Not sure why movie makers are employing composers with little to no experience with musical narratives and psychology. James Newton Howard should have been back in full swing.