NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 03: M. Night Shyamalan attends 
the Servant Panel during New York Comic Con at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 03, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for ReedPOP )
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The Visit Was Almost Connected To M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable Trilogy
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for
“The Visit.”
M. Night Shyamalan's Eastrail 177 trilogy, named after a train line that connects “Unbreakable,” “Split,” and “Glass,” resembles “The Visit” in that it takes place in what appears to be the real world — Shyamalan’s old stomping grounds in Philadelphia. Shyamalan revealed that he considered making the events of “The Visit” canon to the Eastrail 177 trilogy.
The filmmaker explained, “If I was smart enough to have thought about it 20-some years ago, I would've done it, but I wasn't smart enough to think about it. There was one tie-in that I almost did. It was in 'Glass' when they all got to the mental institution. I was going to tell a story about 'The Visit' and how two people escaped from that same hospital.”
“Glass” has “Unbreakable” leads David Dunn and Elijah Price taken to mental hospital Raven Hill Memorial, along with “Split” character Kevin Wendell Crumb, on the basis that their “superpowers” are delusions from trauma and mental illness. Shyamalan nearly referenced the plot of “The Visit” in “Glass”; however, he admitted, "I was going to do it, but I chickened out.”