The third trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s (THE SIXTH SENSE, LADY IN THE WATER) new fantasy epic, THE LAST AIRBENDER has arrived on Apple Trailers for all to see. This new promo features some previously released footage but focuses more on outlining the main storyline and has plenty of new action to show off. View it for yourselves on the left.
THE LAST AIRBENDER is a new fantasy film adapted from the TV cartoon series of the same name which follows Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must put his childhood ways aside and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations. The film was written and directed by Shyamalan and stars Cliff Curtis (PUSH, SUNSHINE) Dev Patel (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and newcomer Noah Ringer.
Not being a fan of the TV series and considering Shyamalan’s only good film was THE SIXTH SENSE, I was understandably ready to ignore AIRBENDER. Since watching the latest trailer, however, I may have to re-evaluate that position. The set design, special effects, scope and action set-pieces displayed in this latest trailer are very impressive and it seems Shyamalan may have somewhat of a sleeper hit on his hands.
THE LAST AIRBENDER is released on the 2nd of July this summer.
Paramount Picutres releases writer-director M. Night Shymalan’s live-action feature-film adaptation of the Emmy-winning animated series AVATAR (no, it has nothing to do with the James Cameron film). Planned as the opening chapter in a trilogy, THE LAST AIRBENDER, focuses on Aang (Noah Ringer), the titular “last airbender,” who can control one of the four natural elements (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water). He is also the “Avatar,” who embodies the world, making him capable of controlling all of the elements, in the service of bringing about world harmony. Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone co-star; the latter must be having the biggest weekend of his career, with THE TWLIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE opening on the same day.
Release date: Announced for Friday, July 2, but began early with midnight screenings on Wednesday night (technically Thursday morning).
Over at Popmatters.com, Bill Gibron goes ecstatic over the possiblity of a sequel to UNBREAKABLE, word of which was floated by actor Bruce Willis during a press junket appearance for the current release COP OUT. UNBREAKABLE of course was the disappointing follow-up collaboration between Willis and writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, whose THE SIXTH SENSE became a sleeper blockbuster hit in 1999. Unfortunately, as interesting as it was in conception, UNBREAKABLE was a misfire in execution, offering the first indication (proven all to true by subsequent work) that Shyamalan was not a sure-fire magician who turned everything he touched into gold.
Considering the missed potential in the original, I can kinda, sorta see the promise of a sequel (take a good idea, badly done, and do it right the second time), but I have my doubts. I have the feeling that any follow-up would act less as a revision than as an attempted vindication of the original. Better to just let things lie.