M. Night Shyamalan is a legendary figure in the entertainment industry. He has directed many successful films. He emerged during the late 1990s and became famous for writing psychological thrillers that explore otherworldly themes. The surprising story twists in some of Shyamalan’s films have often intrigued fans.

M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan

The 53-year-old’s movies are well-known for using a combination of first- and third-person viewpoints, reflections, gateways, and other portals to frame views. While still an NYU student, Shyamalan produced his first full-length movie, Praying with Anger. His best-known works include Split, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village. However, with a list of successful films, the director has a film that failed majorly, and M. Night Shyamalan, in an interview, defended his vision.

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M. Night Shyamalan defends his vision with The Last Airbender

M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan

Few filmmakers have been through Hollywood’s roller-coaster as badly as M. Night Shyamalan. He was under the radar after the Avatar: The Last Airbender film adaptation. In 2010, the director attempted to adapt the popular Nickelodeon animated series to the big screen, but it failed in almost every way.

Fans and critics alike disliked and loathed Shyamalan’s film adaptation of the cartoon. When he sat down with IGN to discuss his new show Wayward Pines on Fox, the topic of The Last Airbender came up. When questioned about whether he was surprised by the film’s generally negative reception among Avatar fans, the director said, “It’s really weird because on the show the average age was, like, nine-years-old.”

He further defended the movie and his vision adding,

“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.”

The Split director believed his film was meant for children and failed to capture other audiences. Many children’s films are popular with adults and garner favorable reviews from critics. Even the original show and its sequel, The Legend of Korra, are able to draw in a sizable following of kids, teenagers, and young adults.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender was a huge flop at the box office

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A still from M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender

The Last Airbender’s terrible failure more than 20 years ago, almost killed M. Night Shyamalan’s career. Currently, it has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 6% and a 4/10 rating on imdb.com. The film had a $150 million budget and grossed $319 million at the box office worldwide. 

The Last Airbender is a Nickelodeon television series that aired from 2005 to 2008. Its storyline centers on Aang as he trains with his comrades to master the four elements. After its release, The Last Airbender garnered negative reviews from both critics and viewers.

It garnered a lot of criticism as many people felt that it failed to adequately convey the depth and substance of the source material. Critics gave the movie negative reviews, focusing in particular on the dialogue, pacing, and storyline alterations.

The Last Airbender is available to stream on Netflix.

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Source: IGN

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