M. Night Shyamalan Ready for ‘Airbender 2′

Published 5 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. Dear, M Night

    STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP JUST STOP! You are a laughing stock as a director. You went from Sixth Sense to this… for the love of cinema please stop making movies.

  2. Please man don’t do it…..we suffered enough through the first one….i know we dont have to watch it, but just knowing that some human beings will sit through this is terrifying enough. i beg of you mate, please dont do it

  3. Stop him! Won’t someone please just stop him now?!

  4. Dude. You suck. STOP RUINING THIS BEAUTIFUL SHOW!!!!!!

  5. 5,000,000,000,000,000 times no, no ,no ,no ,no ,no ,no ,no ,no. He screwed up the first one an now they wanna let him do the sequel?….. its official then….as long as your willing to kiss every ass on Hollywood they’ll let you screw up anything.

    Stick to small films Mr. Shyamalan, horror films, abstract films, whatever, but leave avatar alone, you’ve killed it enough already.

  6. Quit giving him work!!!!!!!!!!! HE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Is this even true anymore? This article is 5 years old

  8. Personally I loved this movie and I dearly wish there were more. I can’t help it that so many of the other people who made such negative comments are total morons who have no imagination.

    • some boring scene fights and the personality of each characters are so far from the originals. In the movie, Aang was serious. I don’t find Sokka hilarious or something. Iroh is not something too. Zuko, well at least. Katara, ughhh her personality in the movie sucks too. so tell me, you don’t have imagination right? that’s a movie for you? it’s garbage, even though i’m not a director/producer BUT JUST LOOK HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU SAW throwing negative comments, IT MEANS IT IS A BAD MOVIE (or garbage).

    • The reason there are so many negative comments is because most of us have watched the cartoon series Avatar the last airbender, witch this movie is supposed to be based on. Once you have watched the cartoon series you will understand why there are so many negative comments about this movie. The characters names are not pronounced correctly, and the whole humor factor from the cartoon series is basically taken away. I waited a full year for this movie to come out and I was so dissapointed with it. But if you did enjoy the movie I would definitely suggest you watch the cartoon series it explains a whole lot more and it’s much more entertaining.

  9. Why are people posting on this…can’t you see it’s 5 years old and it was updated last year?

    This is not happening…

    • it’s still a disturbing news for Avatar: TLA/LOK fans. so i’m thinking why not lol

  10. seriously M. Night Shyamalan, you’re not getting feedbacks from your first TLA Movie? the movie freakin’ sucks. it takes few earthbenders to throw a SMALL ROCK. firebenders can’t bend fire out from their body, they bend it from campfire? srsly wtf? and waterbending with water dripping out in the water ball. how is that waterbending when its falling out? and srsly, Katara vs. Pakku? compare your scene fights to the actual one. it must’ve been close or slightly close to the actual one. you disappointed many fans of the show, quit this movie. don’t think of making book 3 even if it’s a draft you suck at making it. don’t even think of making legend of korra.

  11. This is what the Nostalgia Critic was warning us about

  12. What’s next? Dragonball Evolution 2, Foodfight 2, Paul Blart Mall Cop 3, battlefield earth 2, After Earth 2, Super Mario Bros 2, Jack and Jill 2