Shyamalan to Ready The Last Airbender for 2010

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Even before the public has a chance to take a look at his “The Happening”, M. Night Shyamalan (picture, left) is already gearing up his next project — the first part of the “Avatar: The Last Airbender” trilogy, which he plans to direct and have ready by 2010. According to Shyamalan, who delivered his presentation at the Licensing International Expo 2008 in New York, he will probably only direct the first movie, and produce the other two. Or at least, that’s what he says at this moment; who knows if he’ll end up going Peter Jackson on it.

In total, the trilogy would cost Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies a nice, but not altogether “out there” $250 million for all three films. In this day and age, where “Spider-Man 3″ alone cost that much, that sounds like a bargain to me!

Some excerpts from Shyamalan’s presentation via Reuters:

Shyamalan, who said his family was disappointed after he turned down a Harry Potter film and another well-known franchise, said several times that the film’s religious subtext was what drew him to the project. “It has to be something I see God in,” he said.

“I have a low action-fatigue level,” Shyamalan said after the event, when asked to explain why he hasn’t made many films outside his trademark thriller genre. “It can’t be ‘I want to hurt you.’ All the fighting has to have a reason behind it.”

Shyamalan estimates that the first “Airbender” will be about two hours long. He’s close to casting a set of young actors who will age with the story line, but said he’s committed to direct only the first film, set to be shot in Greenland and Vietnam. “I’ll need to rest after that,” he explained.

I’ve never seen more than a couple of minutes of the “Airbender” cartoons, so I don’t feel qualified to tell you what it’s about. But of course, that’s not going to stop me. It’s about a bunch of bald kids with arrows on their foreheads running around beating each other up with elemental powers. Okay, okay, so maybe only one of them is bald and has an arrow on his forehead, the rest kind of look like eskimos.

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  • Emma

    Ok they kinda are eskimos, but thats not the point! If they mess up the movie, there’s going to bo a riot. 3/4 of the world love that series, I hope that director of yours doesnt screw it up….

  • Emma

    Ok they kinda are eskimos, but thats not the point! If they mess up the movie, there’s going to bo a riot. 3/4 of the world love that series, I hope that director of yours doesnt screw it up….

  • Emma

    Ok they kinda are eskimos, but thats not the point! If they mess up the movie, there’s going to bo a riot. 3/4 of the world love that series, I hope that director of yours doesnt screw it up….

  • Emma

    And try to make the voices the same! NO ONE will be able to stand it if Zukos voice changes! Let alone Katara’s(eskimo girl), Sokka’s(eskimo boy),Aang(dude with the arrow), Uncle’s, Jet’s, Ty Lee’s, Mae’s, Long Fang’s, Tio’s, Hiru’s, Hakoda’s, Kiya’s, Kanna’s, General Zhao’s, Paku’s, Yue’s, Roku’s, Azula’s, Firelord Ozai, all the monk’s, Ju Dee’s, Suki’s, Kyoshi’s, and every one elses voices! RIOT RIOT RIOT RIOT!!!!!!

    • chen13

      ha ha your rigth..
      zoku have an amaizing voice i realy dont think the actors they chose for him is right :/

    • chen13

      ha ha your rigth..
      zoku have an amaizing voice i realy dont think the actors they chose for him is right :/

  • Emma

    And try to make the voices the same! NO ONE will be able to stand it if Zukos voice changes! Let alone Katara’s(eskimo girl), Sokka’s(eskimo boy),Aang(dude with the arrow), Uncle’s, Jet’s, Ty Lee’s, Mae’s, Long Fang’s, Tio’s, Hiru’s, Hakoda’s, Kiya’s, Kanna’s, General Zhao’s, Paku’s, Yue’s, Roku’s, Azula’s, Firelord Ozai, all the monk’s, Ju Dee’s, Suki’s, Kyoshi’s, and every one elses voices! RIOT RIOT RIOT RIOT!!!!!!

  • Emma

    And try to make the voices the same! NO ONE will be able to stand it if Zukos voice changes! Let alone Katara’s(eskimo girl), Sokka’s(eskimo boy),Aang(dude with the arrow), Uncle’s, Jet’s, Ty Lee’s, Mae’s, Long Fang’s, Tio’s, Hiru’s, Hakoda’s, Kiya’s, Kanna’s, General Zhao’s, Paku’s, Yue’s, Roku’s, Azula’s, Firelord Ozai, all the monk’s, Ju Dee’s, Suki’s, Kyoshi’s, and every one elses voices! RIOT RIOT RIOT RIOT!!!!!!

    • chen13

      ha ha your rigth..
      zoku have an amaizing voice i realy dont think the actors they chose for him is right :/

  • Damon

    If MNS is intending to only direct one episode,why even bother ?
    I’ve seen(or rather,TRIED to watch)some of his other movies. IMHO, they were(from my point of view) extremely fragmented & hard to follow.

    This is not to discredit the man. Obviously he has some talent for movie direction,or he wouldn’t be in the business.However,my choice would be obviously Peter Jackson,as evidenced by the work he did on LOTR.I never thought that anyone could do the story justice on the big screen but he came through with flying colors.

    As the article said,Peter Jackson is already a consideration on the project,why not make it a full-blown collaboration between the two of them on all three books ?

    Again, this is just my humble opinion,Thank You for reading.

  • Damon

    If MNS is intending to only direct one episode,why even bother ?
    I’ve seen(or rather,TRIED to watch)some of his other movies. IMHO, they were(from my point of view) extremely fragmented & hard to follow.

    This is not to discredit the man. Obviously he has some talent for movie direction,or he wouldn’t be in the business.However,my choice would be obviously Peter Jackson,as evidenced by the work he did on LOTR.I never thought that anyone could do the story justice on the big screen but he came through with flying colors.

    As the article said,Peter Jackson is already a consideration on the project,why not make it a full-blown collaboration between the two of them on all three books ?

    Again, this is just my humble opinion,Thank You for reading.

  • Damon

    If MNS is intending to only direct one episode,why even bother ?
    I’ve seen(or rather,TRIED to watch)some of his other movies. IMHO, they were(from my point of view) extremely fragmented & hard to follow.

    This is not to discredit the man. Obviously he has some talent for movie direction,or he wouldn’t be in the business.However,my choice would be obviously Peter Jackson,as evidenced by the work he did on LOTR.I never thought that anyone could do the story justice on the big screen but he came through with flying colors.

    As the article said,Peter Jackson is already a consideration on the project,why not make it a full-blown collaboration between the two of them on all three books ?

    Again, this is just my humble opinion,Thank You for reading.