End Is Nigh: Avatar: The Last Airbender 2 Confirmed
Yes, you read that correctly, book two of the Avatar The Last Airbender series will rear its ugly head with M. Night Shyamalan holding the reigns. I would not be so salty about this had Shyamalan admitted his failure and promised a much better film but instead, he completely and utterly defends his first Avatar film. After years since the release of the film he still tells everyone that it was not his fault the movie crashed and burned but it was the fault of the critics and the viewers.
We’ll interrupt this article to bring you up to speed on just how bad the first film was in case you had never seen it before.
I will say however that Moviepilot.com did an article recently defending the filmmaker and have evidence that backs up their claim that it wasn’t completely his fault. It goes on to list various problems the film faced during its production that mainly focused on producers versus the director. There is said to be a first script that was incredible but then was watered down by unstoppable forces that destroyed his original concept.
However, some of his more defensive statements like the one he recently told IGN in an interview:
“It’s really weird because on the show the average age was, like, nine-years-old,” the director said. “My child was nine-years-old. So you could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I did — for nine and 10-year-olds — or you could do the Transformers version and have Megan Fox. I didn’t do that. That would have felt like, ‘Well, I’m going to make a movie about a kids show that my 10-year-old is watching and not make it for her. I make it for my guy friends.’ That felt like a betrayal of the innocence of the piece. In retrospect, is it too young to go out — it’s like what your intention is versus what they want it to be. Clearly, 10-year-olds — I go out and 10-year-olds are like, ‘That’s my favorite show! I love that movie!’ Parents come up to me and go, ‘They’ve watched The Last Airbender 74 times!’ Those kids, it’s for them. It was for them, to talk about mysticism and Eastern philosophies through a 10-year-old’s vernacular. So, you know, these are business propositions, which have very little interest to me, of like, ‘Hey, the business proposition is to get Megan Fox to be…’ You know, ‘You should age it ’til it’s that.’ That wasn’t the source material, you know what I mean? Whereas, also, like a Transformers, it’s really fascinating, because it’s valid for Transformers. You know why it’s valid? Because it’s the little boys that were playing with them are grown up now. They’re the ones who wanted to see Megan Fox. That’s absolutely appropriate, you know what I mean?”
Although he claims that the movie should be adapted with children in mind, his rendition of the show was extremely dry and at most times very serious. Saka in the animated series was the comic relief we all loved but in the film, he hardly ever cracked a decent joke. I could go on and on about the film vs show but everyone and their mother already has so I shall digress.
If this is true and there were forces that ruined the A:TLA Book One script then so be it, I’ll finally bury the hatchet that I have with M. Night. Even still, why is he attempting a second film if the same issues will occur? The only way he might be able to pull this off is if it’s backed by people who also want the movies to reflect the beloved TV show.
When Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante Dimartino were asked about their thoughts on the film, they admitted that they do not even acknowledge it’s existence. How they are going to make a sequel from such a terrible first film is beyond me. The entire cast would have to be replaced and the first film pretty much retconned and assumed that everything went perfectly in Book One.
Per Den of Geek drafts of the sequel has been written up but no other updates have come out just yet. I secretly hope everything goes amazing and we get an adaption we deserve but only time will tell.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go wash the salt out by watching the animated series again.
What are your thoughts on these developments?