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No Back-to-Back Shooting for 'The Last Airbender' Trilogy

July 03, 2009 04:42:48 GMT

Producer Frank Marshall has ruled out the likelihood of 'The Last Airbender' trilogy being shot back-to-back, stating that each of the movies will be written and filmed one at a time.


No Back-to-Back Shooting for 'The Last Airbender' Trilogy
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The planned trilogy of "The Last Airbender" won't be filmed back-to-back and may take as long as six years to complete. Speaking up about the matter was producer Frank Marshall who told Starlog that the filmmakers will be working on the trilogy project one by one. "We're shooting them one at a time, because they're being written one at a time," insisted the five-time Academy Award-nominated producer.

Ruling out the possibility for the three parts of "Airbender" shot like Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings", Marshall noted that director/scribe M. Night Shyamalan is currently in the process of developing the second film. "Night is now working on the script for the second movie, but he hasn't had time to write the second or third ones," he explained. "He's looking at the arc of all three."

"One of the things we'll be doing is using the sets, ships and elements for each different nation in this film and incorporating them into movies two and three," Marshall further elaborated. "We're not waiting. There just isn't enough time. Night will finish this movie, then the script and then we'll prepare for the next one. I think it'll probably happen over six years."

As for the first film itself, Marshall has taken it into his Twitter account to confirm about the inclusion of living Sky Bison named Appa as well as Aang's pet winged lemur, Momo, in the movie. "I can confirm the Aapa and Momo will be in THE LAST AIRBENDER," he wrote on a message dated June 29.

Slated for July 2, 2010 U.S. release, "The Last Airbender" is a live-action film version of Nickelodeon's animated series of the same name. To be differentiated from James Cameron's "Avatar", it has dropped "Avatar" from its title. The film follows Aang and is set in a world where human civilization is divided into four nations: Water, Earth, Air and Fire.

With the help of a protective teenage Waterbender named Katara and her bull-headed brother Sokka, Aang proceeds on a perilous journey to restore balance to their war-torn world. But, his goal will meet a tough challenge from exiled Fire Nation's evil prince Zuko who is sent to capture the Avatar in order to restore his honor and right to the throne. It stars Noah Ringer as Aang, Dev Patel as Zuko, Nicola Peltz as Katara and Jackson Rathbone as Sokka.

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posted by L. angeltears on Jan 18, 2010
Definitely not going to see this movie. It's absolutely ridiculous how they have white-washed the cast. It's even more ridiculous how the Sokka's actor said he just needed a tan to play the part. Sorry, but brown-face offends me =/ And for those saying "They have big blue eyes! They can't be Asian," you are obviously very ignorant of the anime art form. Maybe get educated on the subject matter before spouting off. Movies need to say true to the characters ethnicities and movie companies need to learn to stay true to the series' creators and not to what will make them the most money.
posted by fornit on Oct 02, 2009
Inuit aren't Native American. They're Eskimo-Aleut, foo'. They're not Amerindian. They may be from Asia but Indians aren't.
posted by Kristen on Aug 02, 2009
Was the casting director blind? Shouldn't the actors at least resemble the characters in the show? While there is no doubt Dev Patel is a talented actor, he is definitely no Zuko. The others are okay, but surely there were other talented actors and actresses who fit the bill a little better. At least we will always have the awesome cartoon!
posted by Avatar!Avatar!Avatar on Jul 16, 2009
Aang is not Caucasian! So you think Asians all have squinty slanted eyes? Exclusively Chinese-looking? Well the problem might be that they aren't all Chinese. They are inspired by the Asian cultures which also include Japanese, Korean, Indian, Mongolian etc. The Water tribe is inspired by the Inuit culture because of the popular theory that Native Americans are descendants of hunters from Asia. Oh yes, and by culture I mean people too. Or do you think Asia is now populated by Caucasian tourists?
posted by Avatar!Avatar!Avatar on Jul 15, 2009
Aang is not Caucasian! So you think Asians all have squinty slanted eyes? Exclusively Chinese-looking? Well the problem might be that they aren't all Chinese. They are inspired by the Asian cultures which also include Japanese, Korean, Indian, Mongolian etc. The Water tribe is inspired by the Inuit culture because of the popular theory that Native Americans are descendants of hunters from Asia. Oh yes, and by culture I mean people too. Or do you think Asia is now populated by Caucasian tourists?
posted by Bleh on Jul 12, 2009
dXm, just because he has big eyes doesn't mean he's white. Avatar is a mix of anime and american cartoon. In anime, most, if not all characters have big huge eyes, wether or not they were asian. And the big eyes in Avatar is usually a sign of their youth. For example, they did a flash back when Zuko was much younger, his eyes then were big as Aang's eyes, and now they've grown a lot smaller. BTW, the water tribe's blue eyes are blue because it has to do with their element (Water). Just like how the Air Nomads has grey eyes, Earth Kingdom has green (not everyone though, usually its just the benders) and Fire Nation are gold (again usually just benders).
posted by dXm on Jul 09, 2009
are you kidding? ethnicity? Maybe I've got an old map, but there is no Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation on mine. Now, one might make the argument that the story takes place in China- except that wouldn't explain the Northern & Southern Water Tribes- which would be waaaaaaaay out of China. Sorry- the "world" of Avatar was as fictional as the "bending". I have enormous respect for the cultural and scientific gifts that came out of Asia- but I'm sorry, you'd have a real hard time finding a chinese kid with those massive round eyes like Ang. Same with big round watery blue-eyes on Inuit/Eskimos. Azula wasn't very "ethnic" either. Then again, there's historical evidence going much further back than a feudal China that documents the existance of the moon- so it's the moon was someones girlfriend.. Take Avatar for what it is- a great story, with interesting life lessons, examinations of ethics, and larger overtones about balance of the natural world and how it relates to the balance of the self. That's it. Fictional characters with fictional animals in a fictional world, non-existent races/ethnicities (other than coming from an Elemental city/outpost/temple complex/etc.). I can't tell what your intentions are Roger- you state "but I'm watching this movie" and then "I'm not throwing my money in that pot". I think you meant "I'm _not_ watching". Either way- if you take Avatar at face value, it's a fictionalized universe with no ethnicities. If you take Avatar at it's deeper meanings, you gained nothing from it if you're complaining about ethnicities... but theres nothing I can say that's going to turn on the lightbulb in your head if watching the show didn't do it.
posted by baronofgreymanner on Jul 08, 2009
meh. honestly i couldn't care less about who is what colour and which race is a what in the show. i'm an avatar fan as well, and while the story has strong chinese roots i don't think anyone who was animating the show was interested in making the characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender exclusively chinese-looking. even though it might be a little more accurate, according to the TV show, let us remind ourselves that this is an adaption...not a remake. =)
posted by Teasedawg on Jul 06, 2009
Ringer isn't white either foolio
posted by Roger on Jul 04, 2009
Aang is not WHITE!! Neither are Katara and Sokka. Seriously, I'm an avid Avatar fan and I still watch the re-runs tht come on Nick toons on Direct TV, but I'm watching this movie. I don't care if it pulls in 250 million opening week, I'm not throwing my money in that pot.

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