Skip to content
Link copied to clipboard

Bruce Willis to receive Philadelphia Film Festival award from M. Night Shyamalan

The Philadelphia Film Festival's second annual Lumiere Award will go to Bruce Willis on Oct. 23.

Bruce Willis at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.
Bruce Willis at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.Read moreCarolyn Cole

Bruce Willis will receive the Philadelphia Film Festival's second annual Lumiere Award at a ceremony Oct. 23. The award will be presented by last year's inaugural award winner, director M. Night Shyamalan, according to festival executive director J. Andrew Greenblatt.

Shyamalan and Willis are  in Philadelphia filming Glass, written and directed by Shyamalan as a sequel to both 2000's Unbreakable and Split. The production, which commenced the first week in October, began after what Shyamalan described as "an incredible week of rehearsals," involving a cast that reunites Willis and Unbreakable costar Samuel L. Jackson. The film also continues the partnership between Willis and Shyamalan that started with their 1999 smash, The Sixth Sense. All three Shyamalan-Willis collaborations were filmed in Philadelphia.

"They have a very special relationship," Greenblatt said. "We're thrilled to have both of them."

Willis and Jackson reprise their roles from Unbreakable as David Dunn and Elijah Price (a.k.a. Mr. Glass). Also on board are Split stars James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy, as well as American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson. The story has Willis' Unbreakable character pursuing McAvoy's character from Split. Jackson's Mr. Glass, meanwhile, watches the ordeal unfold while keeping key secrets from the men.

The film is scheduled to be released Jan. 19. Scouting for the production began in late August. As Shyamalan said at the time, the shoot is expected to take about 39 days, so we can expect this one to wrap the week of Nov. 5. Split brought in $277 million worldwide.