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Shyamalan Has A Vision For Airbender

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M. Night Shyamalan is spilled that his pre-work on the live action adaptation The Last Airbender (based on the epic cartoon Avatar) is pretty much done. That's all great and everything, but he hasn't even begun to touch actual filming with real-life actors, and the fight scenes are what I'm looking forward to. Crazy prep work isn't uncommon in a massive undertaking such as Airbender, but I wonder where was this dedication in The Happening? Oh and he compares this work to Star Wars, again.Talking to reporters on a conference call, Shyamalan explained:

Basically, I feel like I'm making the movie right now, like I'm editing it and all that stuff, because I'm doing the [pre-visualizations]. Like, if you were here, I could show you the last 30 minutes of The Last Airbender in animatic form, and it is an amazing and emotional experience just to watch that. I'm like, 'Oh, this is so exciting.' It gives you such safety, because it's such a different kind of movie than I'm used to making. But yet, as we all were, we all came kind of born out of Star Wars, and somewhere in there is the desire to return to fantasy on that level.


Sorry Night, no matter how hard you try, you are not going to make Star Wars, no matter how many times you use the word religion.

"And sometimes in my movies, like Signs, they're more overt, but sometimes — like in The Happening — they're more about faith, and not necessarily religious faith. So when he steps outside, it's really just a holy moment."


I need another director to step in and check up on this project post haste. [Sci Fi Wire]

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I have a feeling he's going to totally screw this up. He keeps talking about "the religion" of Avatar, and yet I don't recall there EVER being any reference to any form of religion in the series.

They have plenty of traditions and spirituality in the show, but no actual religion.

I just hope he doesn't try to insert his own religious take on a non-religious story.