M. Night Shyamalan Ready for ‘Airbender 2′

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:40 am,

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While M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender may have been a critical disaster, the film has supplied Paramount with a decent box-office run, taking in over $79 million domestically, as it heads into its second weekend. While Shyamalan still has a way to go before he recoups the $150 million budget, it’s not hard to imagine the film turning a decent profit.

Of course, with that kind of box-office potential, it’s only a matter of time before Paramount starts talking about The Last Airbender sequel – poor critical reception didn’t stop the studio from making Transformers 3. Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, Shyamalan has already mapped out two Airbender sequels.

Speaking with MTV, Shyamalan confirmed that he’s already  begun work, in an unofficial capacity, on a pair of Airbender sequels. Just like any director staring down the barrel of a critical bomb, Shyamalan is already resting on one of Hollywood’s principle go-to change-ups, promising that the Airbender sequels will be darker in tone.

“I do [have things mapped out]. The third is more ambiguous, but the second one, I’ve written a draft that I’m really happy with and is darker and richer, and it has a wonderful antagonist in it in Azula, who’s kind of like our only real, pure antagonist in the series, so I’m excited about that.”

Check out the interview snippet below to hear it straight from Shayamalan himself:

Shyamalan also indicates that certain Last Airbender footage that was shot, but cut, will not appear as deleted material on the DVD release – as the scenes have been saved for the future sequels. Giving a hint at the direction Shyamalan hopes to take the franchise.

Hint: Elite female warriors en route.

“We shot [an amazing scene with the Kyoshi Warriors], and we spent an unbelievable amount of time choreographing them. And they just distracted from the movie, because the movie wasn’t about them. I probably won’t show the Kyoshi Warriors [on the DVD] because I want to save them for the second movie, because I’m going to have to introduce them all over again.”

Since Paramount already took a number of liberties with the franchise, to the studio an Airbender sequel is probably a no-brainer - considering the box-office potential, not to mention cliffhanger in the first film. But will they bring Shyamalan back? Especially since most critics have universally placed the blame, for Airbender’s failure, squarely on the director’s shoulders.

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Shyamalan seems pretty rooted in the production process (having already shot scenes that could be used in a sequel), as well as the future direction of the franchise. It’s hard to imagine Paramount uprooting him simply because critics thought the first film was a total mess. While many fans of the Avatar cartoon, myself included, might have felt cheated by Shyamalan’s Airbender film, the general public is embracing the film with cash-money. While Shyamalan might have made a mockery of the cartoon as we know it, Aang and the Avatar franchise now have more commercial appeal than ever before.

Hopefully, the critical failure of The Last Airbender will finally be the kick in the pants that Shyamalan has needed for years – getting him out of his own head and back in the business of quality filmmaking.

What do you think of the prospect of a trilogy for The Last Airbender? Do you think Shyamalan is the man to finish the job?

Source: MTV

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  1. If he does this he will face a lot of peoples wrath including my own! Leave the series alone! Haven’t you ruined it enough you non-fan!

  2. Stahp!!!!!!!!!

  3. I still cannot believe he’s considering changing Toph’s name and giving her sight…

    • Where the hell did you read that??

  4. i think that shamalan should never come back to the movie scene, his butchery of the last airbender is a scar, on the faces of all of the avatar fans, the company viacom and nickelodeon, and on the creators of avatar i feel bad that they were forced to use him and shamalan should never return to avatar the last airbender.

  5. Hey M. Night, can we talk this over while going on a boat ride.

    • i hope you are Amon ^_^

  6. STOP SHYAMALAN FOR DOING s***!!…i mean THIS!!

    as a fan of the THE LEGEND OF THE AVATAR franchise,, it hurts me to see the whole story ruined by this!!

  7. I mean, if he actually shapes up and makes a perfect sequell, then the third book would have much promise and make up for the first movie.
    I doubt anything is going to happen but i’ll still see the movie, with hopes that it’s something better than the first.

    • I actually liked this movie and I’ve been waiting for the sequel. It’s been a long time coming!!

  8. I really hopens that the next movie will come soon . I don’t know if I can wait any longer :(

  9. I love the first one and I’m waiting for the next…
    I just want to say good job shamalan

  10. I loved the first one.PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make the last airbender book 2 earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. SHYAMALAN;jour my biggest fan;please make a sequel.I am dieng to watch it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. I live in south -africa,but if shyamalan thinks that is going to stop me from loving the last airbender;then so be it.I say that shyamalan should make the last airbender book 2 earth.If he doesn’t make it I will take the first flite to him and show him what im made of.
    I love the last airbender and always will.MAKE THE SEQUAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE PLEASE.please make it before 2015 is over other wise you will have bad luck forever!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. make the sequal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • We know you are a troll. Dosen’t work when a little too obvious kid.

  14. I love the movie and im waiting for the rest…..

  15. Worst movie ever. Forget the source material, the plot dosen’t even flow.

  16. Since there’s a “no profanity” rule… But good golly, all I can think of are expletives at the thought of a Last Airbender sequel. It flopped, HORRIBLY. Let it rot in box-office hell please. Just leave it alone. We’ve almost forgotten it and have even just begun laughing about it now. PLEASE, for the love of all that is good, just stop!

  17. Since there’s a “no profanity” rule… But good golly, all I can think of are expletives at the thought of a Last Airbender sequel. It flopped, HORRIBLY. Let it rot in box-office hell please. Just leave it alone. We’ve almost forgotten it and have even just begun laughing about it now. PLEASE, for the love of all that is good, just stop!

  18. I think M. Shyamalan should apologize.. I think M. Shyamalan should apologize to me. I am ashamed to say it that he WAS in my top 5 directors and he was so arrogant about his vision.. Gargh!!

  19. Hello. I’m Portuguese and I never see or read the Avatar Books or animation.
    I Love the Movie and I hope that shamalan continues his job :)

  20. Guys, this article is from 4 years ago. All plans for a
    sequel were dropped due to the negative backlash.

    There has been no talk of a reboot either and M. Night Shyamalan has moved on to direct Labor of Love with Bruce Willis.

    I hope it is rebooted soon though with a more competent director and the film is at least 2.5 hrs long.

    • I don’t see a reboot happening. This series (any series pretty much) would be extremely difficult to adapt to a Movie.

      They could use it as inspiration, keep most of the elements (no pun intended), possibly set it up as a Trilogy. Look to Jame Cameron’s Avatar, or even Star Wars for an example. A movie based in a mythological world that is unbalanced and only the chosen one can bring peace. They need to not make it too much like the cartoon, as far as being soft and light. Give it a more serious tone, and darker path to be taken seriously (you can keep the comic relief Sokka).One issue I had with Shymalan’s movie was the way it appeared on the screen. The tone wasn’t very serious, it felt very flat. Perhaps this is due to all the other lacking qualities (poor script, terrible bending, bad acting, etc. etc. etc. etc.). I believe they also tried to make it a serious live action movie for kids, which is a terrible idea. There’s too much potential to limit it to such a small demographic, where others could easily be included.

      My point is, it could be done properly, but I doubt any competent director would take up the task, as they have more serious projects that have proven to be far more lucrative (star wars, avatar, star trek, lord of the rings, comics, etc.). No one has successfully made a movie about a animated series. I think it would be REALLY cool to give it a Lord of the Ring’s tone (minus some of the monsters). So many ideas, and I am starting to ramble, but I hope you see what I am talking about.

  21. I think he created the world they live in well enough but fell short on some key moments in the cartoon’s story line. However he started working on the film he should finish what he started. But take the time to really understand the cartoon and it’s characters to convey their story better in the next film. He needs to research become a fan himself.

    • Ummmmm,..no.

      You think, despite it being terrible, it should be finished??? That is terrible logic. Maybe we should dig up Hitler and finish his Genocide? They need to never pick up this project again. Forbidding he finish and move on to Korra.

      Its not very difficult to recreate a world that has the same landscape as much of earth, I mean, really. All you need is an arctic, and then a rocky, temperate landscape setting. The CGI of the animals was terrible. NOTHING about this movie is impressive, except maybe the existence of any fan base.

      Also, the speed of the bending took farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr to long. In one scene it required 5 benders (with like 6 movements) to move a rock to hit a guy.

      Go to youtube and look up the Nostalgic Critic’s Review of the movie. It has some very good points. It is irrational for you to think this movie is anywhere near the cartoon.

  22. When they make movies they always change stuff. Who cares it’s an unfinished series. Please someone finish it!

    • No. Movies do change from the original material, but it should be done for the better. This movie sucked on its own. It was like a really bad japanese movie.

  23. I thnk a ang should change… N katra too because her actng was not good…. Bytheway im big fan of avatar… right now I am so excited to watch this movie… Thus pliz try to release it as soon as possible….

  24. I just watched the movie and my husband & I both really enjoyed it. Neither of us have seen the series, but enjoyed the movie none the less. I don’t see any problems with M. Night’s involvement with the movies, he did a great job from what I saw. Not many movie adaptions of animated series match up very much. Compare most recent example of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie to the old animated series. There are huge differences, but still a good movie in its own right. People just need to accept series and movie seperatly and enjoy them seperatly.
    I for one am really hopeing a second movie is released.

  25. I really liked the first movie …. Tried of waiting for the sequal the movie is way ovrr due :-)

  26. I’d love to see a sequel, looking forward to a complete trilogy!

    But I really don’t understand this phenomenon where, just because the last movie in this or any franchise was considered “bad” by some, or the studio doesn’t bow to every whim of the fans, that all work on that franchise should cease into continue. I mean hey it’s totally fine whether you personally hated the first film or not, but to say there shouldn’t be another one AT ALL, and take that experience from everyone else is the height of arrogance.

    What’s so bad about seeing another one anyway, even if you think you wouldn’t like it? In fact why the hell would it matter at all if you didnt even like the first one? Wouldn’t fans of the series be excited for more content, regardless of how good they think it is?

    People constantly say this that or the other thing would utterly “ruin” a whole series they have supposedly fallen in love with…..how? What POSSIBLE damage could another instalment do to a series that’s already been established and, in Avatar’s case, has already finished? It’s not like the producers are going back in time and changing everything else in the series. Even if the TV show was ongoing, I’ve yet to see a case in ANY franchise, where a spinoff or takes over production of the whole story (just look at Resident Evil). So what’s the big deal? Do people think that about themselves, that they find something distasteful then their whole concept of the Avatar universe would be completely and forever destroyed? If so, this is more of a personal problem than anything else. Don’t let other work – via “official” format or otherwise – dictate your view of an awesome story.

    P.S – A word to the wise….if you’re invested enough in a story and don’t like being a mere “passenger” in the journey – Then think as if YOU are the producer. Your own head-canon and fan-fiction may not be “official” (whatever that means) or make it to Hollywood, but if you truly love the story then your own imagination is all you really need. Any and all content released by anyone should be celebrated, as you yourself can decided if it’s “official lore” or not. There are no limits. You can change the franchise content (the timeline, the events, , the characters, or wth, work other franchises into the universe) to fit your own view of what the story should be about. Try it out some time, it can be a helluva lot more entertaining than being a back seat driver.

  27. I don’t see why u hate the first movie. Let it go guys. Grow up.
    Leave the cartoon alone and do the same thing to the movie.
    The movie is great as well as the characters and the script.
    Remember, Every story changes when it is adapted in movie. Avatar the movie and the cartoon arw not the same thing! So MOVE ON!