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. DEAR LORD KILL ME NOW. DON’T HE DARE MAKE ANOTHER AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER MOVIE. The first one was bad enough. The only reason they made a decent box-office was because, us fans thought it would be good. Heck we were wrong. There are so many things wrong with the first movie. Why in the world would he think that it would be a good idea to make a Sequel.

    DEAR LORD HELP THIS STUPID MAN!!!!!!

  2. I feel that themovie was so terrible mainly because it lacked the corckie humor of the cartoon and it was to dark caused by m night shaymalan because he mainly makes dark movies also i will just there was some really terrible acting in this sokka was sort of a a dick and the and the actor for katara was to emotional my point is that it was depressing and dark even though the movie originated from a nice and happy show if your going to torcher us with a sequel at least take some notes from the show

  3. please make the second part eagerly waiting for it

  4. I watched EVERY toon episode with my little boy, bought the complete boxed set, went to see the feature flick AND bought the DVD.

    Jeeez, when do people give some slack???

    The effects were better than I expected, considering the fantastic things done in the toon, casting was good, the storyline was mostly on line.

    Those that hated this movie were like those who couldn’t stand the first Star Trek movie / series without Kirk. I say bravo M. Knight!

    • I’ve been a trekie for as long as I can remember, I grew up watching it and I must say I HATED Kirk, Shatner can’t act to save his own life, and for some reason I like his Tek TV/Movie series, I can not stand him as a actor to the point I’ll actually refuse to buy a product he’s advertising for

      That said M. Knight has always had his own style for movies, and while I may not always like the movie I’d respect him for it, HOWEVER he destroyed this movie and I seriously question the intelegance of anyone who who says he did a good job with this movie. If you can see all these valid reasons for why it was so horrible you clearly did not have a basic grasp of the TV show and either A rewatch it until you do or B stop calling your self a fan of it because your not

  5. I talked to the Michael DiMartino, Joaquim Dos Santos, Janet Varney, David Faustino, and a few others from Avatar and Legend of Korra recently (met them at Comic Con) and all of them absolutely hated the live-action movie. I personally have negative views on the movie and will have more if any others get made. Shyamalan RUINED the movie, absolutely killed it. The pronunciation of the names, THE FIREBENDING?! don’t get me started on that. And Zuko doesn’t have a scar and why is it that everyone is the same race except for Katara and Sokka? If memory serves right, the were the only, well, no Asian-esque people. The actors chose. Where even good. Admiral Zhao is an admiral, he isn’t supposed to look fairly young and Ozai doesn’t have a beard. Rant. Over.

  6. I personally think that he should finish the series. I’d rather see a finished series than an uncompleted series. I really don’t care what some people say but I thought this movie was all right.

  7. honestly anything is better then a rob zombie movie

  8. The last Airbender is a great movie and deserves a sequal. My kids love this movie, and it has moral values. For you adults that critique a child’s movie to what you want as an adult need to grow up and get a life. And you wonder why you see kids now with no moral judgment.

  9. Why would anyone green-light a sequel to such a disastrous flop? Much less keep the same cast and creative team?
    It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of the original show or not: the acting in the film was bad, the effects were boring, the pacing was weird, and most of all they’ve pissed off the fan base. Even if they can address the mistakes they made in the first film, it’s not enough to fix the bad turnout.

  10. I really liked it, I say make the second one just give acting lessons to the Avatar kid..

    • PLEASE PLEASE finish the series I loved everything about the first one!

  11. I love this movie. I’ve watched it several times. I don’t see anything wrong with the directing or the acting. After all, it’s magic and make believe anyway. I love the actor (Noah) who played the avatar, to me he’s very believable. Hurry and make the next.

  12. I can’t wait to take my kids to see the sequel. .. please hurry making it.. M night all the way

  13. My children and I loved the first movie and will, no doubt, love to see the sequel (and buy the Blueray to boot).
    “Make it & they will come”. :)

  14. It wasn’t the horrible acting or the fact they butchered the entire season but the way the pronounced the names. Every time someone said aang or iroh I wanted to throw something at the screen. I know he was trying to be true to the series Asian roots but seriously no. Just no. I couldn’t finish it even for a laugh.

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