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Shyamalan thinks The Last Airbender isn't the last Last Airbender, plans sequels

Jul. 8, 2010by:

Although THE LAST AIRBENDER has been almost universally reviled, M. Night Shyamalan seems undeterred on his mission to make the property into a live-action trilogy. And the eventual total box office could conceivably give him that opportunity.

ShyamWow tells MTV what he has in mind: "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."

He also intends to incorporate the female Kyoshi Warriors, who didn't make the cut in the first movie, even though he shot a scene and they "were amazing, and we spent an unbelievable amount of time choreographing them. And they just distracted from the movie, because the movie wasn't about them."

Shyamalan's pricey adaptation of the Miyazaki-influenced animated TV series is set in a fantasy world and follows a reluctant young hero who can manipulate the elements using martial arts and CGI. The first movie has collected $80 million so far.

Extra Tidbit: I wonder which "Daily Show" correspondent will play the villain in the sequel?
Source: MTV

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2:17PM on 07/12/2010

oh lord man...

just lay low for a year or to while you pen the next great thing you can come up with and shut the fuck up. I believe in you man, but not for this franchise, leave this to a guy like bruckheimer or bay or...anyone else. if you do feel the need to speak the only thing should be coming out of your mouth is 'i'm sorry' because you did screw around with the source material and piss off the fans. just stay quiet and sit in a corner and think of something great to redeam your self for the last few
just lay low for a year or to while you pen the next great thing you can come up with and shut the fuck up. I believe in you man, but not for this franchise, leave this to a guy like bruckheimer or bay or...anyone else. if you do feel the need to speak the only thing should be coming out of your mouth is 'i'm sorry' because you did screw around with the source material and piss off the fans. just stay quiet and sit in a corner and think of something great to redeam your self for the last few fuck ups you unleashed on the world.
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9:00PM on 07/09/2010
No. Just... No.
No. Just... No.
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6:10PM on 07/09/2010

Sad

"He also intends to incorporate the female Kyoshi Warriors, who didn't make the cut in the first movie, even though he shot a scene and they, "were amazing, and we spent an unbelievable amount of time choreographing them. And they just distracted from the movie, because the movie wasn't about them."

That statement alone proves he had no respect for, nor intention of, sticking to the source material. The Kyoshi Warriors are vital to events that transpire later in the series. I think
"He also intends to incorporate the female Kyoshi Warriors, who didn't make the cut in the first movie, even though he shot a scene and they, "were amazing, and we spent an unbelievable amount of time choreographing them. And they just distracted from the movie, because the movie wasn't about them."

That statement alone proves he had no respect for, nor intention of, sticking to the source material. The Kyoshi Warriors are vital to events that transpire later in the series. I think Shymalan couldnt stand adapting someone elses ideas and decided to change enough so he could feel they were his. He could have used the series as animated storyboards! There was no excuse other than his giant ego.

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4:49PM on 07/09/2010
That's weird. Not sure how I double posted, when I did not hit send twice, but whatevz. Terrible movie.
That's weird. Not sure how I double posted, when I did not hit send twice, but whatevz. Terrible movie.
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4:46PM on 07/09/2010

I actually saw the movie

No redeeming qualities.
No redeeming qualities.
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4:46PM on 07/09/2010
I have yet to see TLA...
I have yet to see TLA...
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4:28PM on 07/09/2010

Retire, Night

There is no justice in this world -- or business sense at Paramount -- if Shyamalan is given control of Airbender 2. He took what should have been the launch of a billion dollar franchise and produced something that just might make back its money after foreign DVD sales. He took Harry Potter and turned it into Dune.

Retire, Mr. Shyamalan.

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There is no justice in this world -- or business sense at Paramount -- if Shyamalan is given control of Airbender 2. He took what should have been the launch of a billion dollar franchise and produced something that just might make back its money after foreign DVD sales. He took Harry Potter and turned it into Dune.

Retire, Mr. Shyamalan.

- mattmchugh
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4:23PM on 07/09/2010

Um..

How about a sequel to Unbreakable already! God damn it all!! ;)
How about a sequel to Unbreakable already! God damn it all!! ;)
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4:04PM on 07/09/2010
If Prince Zuko's sister, obviously the firebending villain of the second movie, is a Daily Show correspondent, then I'm your sugar daddy.
If Prince Zuko's sister, obviously the firebending villain of the second movie, is a Daily Show correspondent, then I'm your sugar daddy.
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4:00PM on 07/09/2010
If Prince Zuko's sister, obviously the firebending villain of the second movie, is a Daily Show correspondent, then I'm your sugar daddy.
If Prince Zuko's sister, obviously the firebending villain of the second movie, is a Daily Show correspondent, then I'm your sugar daddy.
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2:00PM on 07/09/2010
Normally, I would be all for ignoring critics, but come on people. 8% on rotten tomatoes. 8%. 113 professional critics thought this was a terrible movie. That's two theater's worth of critics. The film also has a standing of 4.4 on IMDB. I don't care who you are and what your opinion is of those websites, these are statistics that can't be ignored, money be damned. I'm going with the critics and naysayers on this one. The movie is awful. So why make sequels to it? On the slim chance that they
Normally, I would be all for ignoring critics, but come on people. 8% on rotten tomatoes. 8%. 113 professional critics thought this was a terrible movie. That's two theater's worth of critics. The film also has a standing of 4.4 on IMDB. I don't care who you are and what your opinion is of those websites, these are statistics that can't be ignored, money be damned. I'm going with the critics and naysayers on this one. The movie is awful. So why make sequels to it? On the slim chance that they could be good? Sorry, not a good enough reason for me.
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1:25PM on 07/09/2010

Stop making movies relying on sequels.

Airbender was an elemental trainwreck.
Airbender was an elemental trainwreck.
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11:09AM on 07/09/2010
After the end of the first film, I really want to see the sequel. I heard the second season is the best.
After the end of the first film, I really want to see the sequel. I heard the second season is the best.
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10:33AM on 07/09/2010
I have to agree with Weapon X.

YES, this movie was an absolute train wreck and M.Night sucks at everything, but for some reason I really enjoyed it and would watch a sequel.
I have to agree with Weapon X.

YES, this movie was an absolute train wreck and M.Night sucks at everything, but for some reason I really enjoyed it and would watch a sequel.
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10:23AM on 07/09/2010
Pacing problems, exposition overload, bad dialogue and acting all considered, I still enjoyed the movie and I DON'T APOLOGIZE. Sequel it is!

Oh, and I vote for John Oliver as King Bumi. (Kidding...kinda)
Pacing problems, exposition overload, bad dialogue and acting all considered, I still enjoyed the movie and I DON'T APOLOGIZE. Sequel it is!

Oh, and I vote for John Oliver as King Bumi. (Kidding...kinda)
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10:12AM on 07/09/2010
I love how whenever the faux fanboys decide they're going to disapprove of a movie even before it comes out, they insinuate, as this article does, that it's use of CGI is a weakness. How about a little bit of integrity with your readers...the CGI in this movie is incredible. It doesn't feel like CGI at all. Glad to hear M. Night is sticking to his vision and finally ignoring all the naysayers who will never be happy in the wake of his masterpiece The Sixth Sense.
I love how whenever the faux fanboys decide they're going to disapprove of a movie even before it comes out, they insinuate, as this article does, that it's use of CGI is a weakness. How about a little bit of integrity with your readers...the CGI in this movie is incredible. It doesn't feel like CGI at all. Glad to hear M. Night is sticking to his vision and finally ignoring all the naysayers who will never be happy in the wake of his masterpiece The Sixth Sense.
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1:56PM on 07/09/2010
Yeah screw the 113 rotten reviews on rotten tomatoes and 4.4 score on IMDB. The film made 80 mil., so hell, let's just make two more awful movies to go with the first. Why not?
Yeah screw the 113 rotten reviews on rotten tomatoes and 4.4 score on IMDB. The film made 80 mil., so hell, let's just make two more awful movies to go with the first. Why not?
4:04PM on 07/09/2010
80 mil and that doesn't even include the second weekend
80 mil and that doesn't even include the second weekend
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7:42AM on 07/09/2010

Still haven't seen it.

But possibly a sequel can improve on a few things? It seems anything that makes enough money regardless of critical mediocrity will go on.
But possibly a sequel can improve on a few things? It seems anything that makes enough money regardless of critical mediocrity will go on.
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7:32AM on 07/09/2010
Good! I enjoyed the first one, the bad reviews were way overblown bordering on pure hypberbole.
Good! I enjoyed the first one, the bad reviews were way overblown bordering on pure hypberbole.
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10:21AM on 07/09/2010
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
4:03PM on 07/09/2010
u couldn't be more right
u couldn't be more right
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3:19AM on 07/09/2010

How about

Lets just reboot it now than later, this time get it right the first time.
Lets just reboot it now than later, this time get it right the first time.
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2:34AM on 07/09/2010
While I think the story and the series were great Shyamalan has ruined the films, the casting is terrible all around, not to mention all of the heart and the humor seem completely removed. M. Night is a hack and he'll ruin the other two like he did the first one.
While I think the story and the series were great Shyamalan has ruined the films, the casting is terrible all around, not to mention all of the heart and the humor seem completely removed. M. Night is a hack and he'll ruin the other two like he did the first one.
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2:29AM on 07/09/2010
Not gonna happen.
Not gonna happen.
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12:08AM on 07/09/2010
Yep that just proved hes never seen the show beyond a handful of episodes. They shouldve given these movies to someone strongly passionate about the show just like they do with some comic based movies
Yep that just proved hes never seen the show beyond a handful of episodes. They shouldve given these movies to someone strongly passionate about the show just like they do with some comic based movies
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12:04AM on 07/09/2010
Happy to hear that there could be a sequel. However, that first movie sucked major ass. Someone else needs to come in and clean house. Shyamalan really fucked up.
Happy to hear that there could be a sequel. However, that first movie sucked major ass. Someone else needs to come in and clean house. Shyamalan really fucked up.
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11:41PM on 07/08/2010
Is he high? I can understand the studio perhaps wanting to make a sequel off a semi-successful movie (like Fantastic Four, another moderately successful yet terrible "big budget" movie), granted I'm sure with a smaller budget. But for the love of God, which retarded studio executive would agree to bring Shyamalan back as the director? The first movie was Hostel level torture, I swear to God I would have rather seen Twilight. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they just decided to recast the
Is he high? I can understand the studio perhaps wanting to make a sequel off a semi-successful movie (like Fantastic Four, another moderately successful yet terrible "big budget" movie), granted I'm sure with a smaller budget. But for the love of God, which retarded studio executive would agree to bring Shyamalan back as the director? The first movie was Hostel level torture, I swear to God I would have rather seen Twilight. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they just decided to recast the whole movie too.

Go ahead and make a sequel, try and milk a little more money out of this, but at least replace the director who made such an abysmal cesspool of a movie.
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11:37PM on 07/08/2010

The only way this trilogy could be

remotely watchable is if they dump Shyamalan and replace him with someone like Alfonso Cuaron.
remotely watchable is if they dump Shyamalan and replace him with someone like Alfonso Cuaron.
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11:21PM on 07/08/2010

All for it!

I was entertained with the first one foo SHooooo!!!!! I think one of these might be freaking spectacular though, now that he has the origin story done, maybe it will focus more on character then the plot points, darker and more emotional is always better, but we'll seem, maybe more of the same though but M night is done with his amazing talent, trust meh! Fuck the thumbs down! I see them in the fuuutchaaaaa!
I was entertained with the first one foo SHooooo!!!!! I think one of these might be freaking spectacular though, now that he has the origin story done, maybe it will focus more on character then the plot points, darker and more emotional is always better, but we'll seem, maybe more of the same though but M night is done with his amazing talent, trust meh! Fuck the thumbs down! I see them in the fuuutchaaaaa!
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11:00PM on 07/08/2010
I thought the first was pretty decent, with some of the greatest visuals ever committed to celluloid. A sequel could be great.
I thought the first was pretty decent, with some of the greatest visuals ever committed to celluloid. A sequel could be great.
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10:58PM on 07/08/2010
I'd rather not, hopefully the studio wises up and spends their money on something else more worth while (and less crappy).

If it does happen, in answer to your question, maybe Samantha Bee for the next villain....
I'd rather not, hopefully the studio wises up and spends their money on something else more worth while (and less crappy).

If it does happen, in answer to your question, maybe Samantha Bee for the next villain....
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10:54PM on 07/08/2010
this is terrible, but unavoidable news. the first one was absolutely shit. there's no fighting it, and i can assure you i will see the second and third one. i can only hope he can get his shit together and pronounce everyone's names right this time 'round.
this is terrible, but unavoidable news. the first one was absolutely shit. there's no fighting it, and i can assure you i will see the second and third one. i can only hope he can get his shit together and pronounce everyone's names right this time 'round.
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11:11PM on 07/08/2010
At least the sequel can be better than the original . . . right? I mean, how much worse can it be?
At least the sequel can be better than the original . . . right? I mean, how much worse can it be?
10:51PM on 07/08/2010

Im in

I enjoyed the hell out of the film, and I was hoping for a sequel.
I enjoyed the hell out of the film, and I was hoping for a sequel.
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