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Shyamalan Talks AIRBENDER...

Merrick here...
In a new interview with ComingSoon, M. Night Shyamalan speaks about what drew him to adapt the Nickelodeon animated series AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER as a live-action film, and the challenges of keeping it family-friendly.
"It will be tough to keep it PG from PG-13," he said about doing a PG family film. "It will be tricky. I don't know how to make a PG movie so that's going to be much harder, because with R, everything was no problem."
..says THIS ARTICLE at ComingSoon. We've received quite a few e-mail asking about the status of this project; it's still slated for Summer 2010.

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  • June 10, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    It'd be better if it were just

    by tomdolan04

    Shyamalan directs Bender: Bit My Shiny Metal Ass <p> The twist at the end? He drinks a beer and calls the audiences chumps and chumpettes

  • June 10, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    And the gratiutious "

    by Mr. Profit

  • June 10, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    And the gratiutious "R"

    by Mr. Profit

  • June 10, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Odd....

    by Mr. Profit

    Double post before I could even finish? What gives. Anyhow, I love how he keeps pimping the fact that his film is R rated. Still doesn't change the fact that the plot twist sounds god awful. Really? Trees? Come on.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by DerLanghaarige

    One of the most overrated directors makes an adaptation of one of the most overrated cartoons.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Shyamalan overrated>

    by Mr_X

  • June 10, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Cant wait for Transformers 2

    by michael bay sucks awesome

    Under Michael Bay's greatness the movie will be epic win, and with more closer shots of the Transformers face's we will realize the true Brilliance of Michael Bay.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay pushes CG to the next level

    by michael bay sucks awesome

  • June 10, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay dosn't take no for an answer.

    by michael bay sucks awesome

  • June 10, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Not even a Police roadblock

    by michael bay sucks awesome

    Will stop Michael Bay from getting his scene when the suns going down. Michael Bay keeps pushing forward no matter what stands in his way.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay delivers on so many levels.

    by michael bay sucks awesome

  • June 10, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Shymalan can't make a PG movie.

    by bobjustbob

    Funny, he seems to have problems with PG-13 and R too. <p><p>Shymalan is to Bay as Bay is to Shyamalan.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay utilities slow motion to make epic win

    by michael bay sucks awesome

  • June 10, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    He's Michael Bay. He has the power.

    by michael bay sucks awesome

  • June 10, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    an actual movie made by a uniquely talented auteur

    by Laserhead

  • June 10, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    That was the funniest thing I've read here in a long time, Node

    by Laserhead

  • June 10, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    What HAPPENS?

    by bobjustbob

    Nothing much.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    i.e.,

    by Laserhead

    Shamyalan is garbage. The Happening will utterly bomb, and then this hack will have used up his last ounce of studio goodwill.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Yeah a movie

    by Series7

    about a killer plant virus is a talented auteur.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I am waiting for the Shamalamadingdong

    by Series7

    IT WAS ALL JUST A DREAM ENDING!

  • June 10, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    In M NIght's defense

    by bobjustbob

    He does try to avoid gophers.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    How is he going to make this in

    by Series7

    Only in Pennsylvania? I think that'll be the real trick.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    bobjustbob

    by Series7

    Ummm wasn't a rabided gopher the evil animal in Lady in the Water?

  • June 10, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    "Swing away"

    by bobjustbob

    Whoops! You missed again. That's strike 3. YOU'RE OUT OF HERE!!!!

  • June 10, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Series7

    by bobjustbob

    You might be right. I was laughing too hard to remember.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Node32774

    by Series7

    I'm talking about Air Bender

  • June 10, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    can't wait for thursday

    by Holgi65

    Night's new one is rated 16+ here, can't wait... might skip a soccer game for that one.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    You have some fucking dubious taste Node

    by Lost Jarv

    Ang Lee's Hulk, The Village and Lady in the Water, <P>These are not good.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Prediction: People will whisper

    by bobjustbob

    A lot.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Node

    by Laserhead

    You shouldn't call other people morons when you don't know the difference between 'their' and 'they're'. And if you can't tell the difference between Shyamalan and a decent filmmaker, you definitely shouldn't be insulting anyone else's taste or intelligence. Try to be civil.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    YO Lost Jarv

    by Series7

    I never heard what you thought about Doomsday? You like?

  • June 10, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    Laserhead

    by Series7

    Its ok Node is just upset because he was the kid in Wide Awake and M. Night let and watched Rosie molest him.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    That's about as clever a response

    by Laserhead

    as I'd expect from a Shyamalan fan. Don't cry, Node... try to pull yourself together. I know you feel like you have to help your buddy Shyamalan, because nobody understands his genius but you, but try to take a deep breath, maybe go for a walk, and think about why you're such a lonely, unlaid, angry little man. The first step to getting better is to admit you have a problem. And clearly you do.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    HAHAHAH Wide Awake!

    by Series7

    M. Knights best. Yet again I tell the story of how I had a copy of the 6th Sense like 2-3 months before it came out and I put it on and watched like a half hour and thought it was boring and turned it off. Though I never turn off a movie. Boy was I surpirsed when it came out.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Like I think M. Knight is a Meh.

    by Series7

    Film director. But I think he could make a kick ass updated Twilight Zone TV Show. Shit just give him the old scripts and tell him to update them. Thow it on a FX or Show Time or AMC even, then I think he could have a hit. I think he needs to start directing stuff written by other people.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Shyamalan IS the dumbing-down of America

    by Laserhead

    There's nothing smart or intellectual about any of his movies. They're all contrived little plot-pieces with no character or depth. Jesus, Node, trying to adopt the patois of Deadwood doesn't make you smart. And you seem to be talking A LOT about sucking cock in your posts. Something on your mind, huh?

  • June 10, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    OH and about him bitching about how they

    by Series7

    put his name above the movie title and how he thinks he's not worthy of that. Well last night I was watching Citizen Kane and my roomate brought this girl over and she asked me which one i was watching (implying that there is more then 1 Citizen Kane). So of course I told her I was watching the re-make. And they sat there for like 30 minutes and I could tell they were not enjoying the movie. So I put on something there speed, like Gladiators and then the preview for the happening came on. And I blurted out, who wants to see a movie about a fucking killer plant virus and she told me to shut up because I was going to ruin the twist. So yeah M. Knight your silly name is actually just a marketing thing now.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    The dumbing down of America is in full erect

    by bobjustbob

    Someone seems to have a penis-fixation.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Doomsday

    by Lost Jarv

    Rocked. But would be better with Beer. Lots of Beer. And Rhona Mitra, although someone you would not kick out of bed for eating crisps, cannot act.<P>I still say give Marshall Alien 5 (not any version of AvP, which should be consigned to the dustbin of history).

  • June 10, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Worst moment in any M. Night film

    by Lost Jarv

    "swing away". Nauseating. This is not good film making.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Lost Jarv

    by Series7

    Yeah man me and my buddy brought in a six pack to watch the movie. It added to it.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    What's the twist?

    by fiester

    Is everyone dead?

  • June 10, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Node32774

    by fiester

    You're hilarious. <p> But, yeah: M. Night is shit, man.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I'm definately going to buy it when it comes out

    by Lost Jarv

    it makes me sad that in a recent poll of greates horror movies that shocking torture porn dreck Creep made it and The Descent didn't. <P>I hate the British public.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Since when is Shyamalan overrated?

    by krushjudgement

    The critics trashed his last two movies. (I like everything he's done personally).

  • June 10, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Let's clear this up

    by JTStyler

    I think The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs are very good films. The Village and Lady in the Water show me that this man's ego is getting in the way of his talent. Now if you know a little bit of filmmaking, you will see that Shymalan filmmaking style is very different from most working in Hollywood today, very 70s. He will often film simple everyday conversations and occurences in long, uninterrupted scenes and in close-ups - it is this storytelling patience that makes his earlier successful efforts powerfully rewarding. The ability to make the mundane both interesting and visual is a skill and should be applauded. There are very few purveyors of adult cinema left in the US today. Oh and as a bonus, James Newton Howard is a fantastic composer. However the MTV generation have no time for this and prefer the likes of Bay et al. If his ego and his propensity for twists some of which work, some of which don't, can be controlled, he could be a great of cinema. I am worried that the Happening is another mistake on his part - a shame given his talent. Oh and haters, at least have the decency and respect to call the man by his actual name.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Signs is dreadful

    by Lost Jarv

    seriously, how do people like this? it's totally beyond me. Leaving aside the stupidity of the water thing, or the crappiness of Joaguin (sp) Phoenix, it is still a trite, predicatable crap film. <P>The worst thing about him, though, is the fact that he keeps casting himself. Inexcusable.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST

    and It's nothing to do with MTV generation

    by Lost Jarv

    I'm thirty, hate Bay with a passion but don't like Night. <P>To be honest, I even think the 6th Sense is overrated. Unbreakable is good, Signs bad, Village worse (althoug,h to be fair I saw it on a plane), Lady in sewer unspeakable- the happening doesn't look hot eithe.r

  • June 10, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    M Night is to movies

    by WickedChicken37

    What Uwe Boll is to movies.

  • June 10, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    M Nights' "Dennys moment" story

    by bobjustbob

    is all you need to know about him. He has talent, but it is completely overwhelmed by his massive ego and delusional worldview. He is his own worst enemy. <p><P> Perhaps the producers of AIRBENDER will keep him on a short leash and force him to focus on film making instead of the public exhibitions of masturbation that have been the majority of his output.

  • June 10, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Loved Signs

    by Sithdan

    Aside from the water plot hole, Signs is a pretty entertaining film. It could have been another Independence Day or War of the Worlds, but the cool thing about it was that it put an alien invasion in the perspective of a family residing in rural America. The whole world around them is coming to an end, but they have no idea what the hell's going on. We don't see exploding buildings or American landmarks, just a random farmhouse and a terrified family.

  • June 10, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    He really should have manned up and fought for "Avatar"

    by PirateEmery

    Titling the film "Airbender" really makes no sense. Still, I am looking forward to his adaptation of "Book of Water."

  • June 10, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    I'm amused by the ads for The Happening

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    "M Night Shyalamalan's first R-rated movie."<p>OK, so that's the selling point? Not "M Night's first good movie in a while, but the first one graphic enough to receive an R-rating?"<p>Yeah, OK. Requiem was the first R-rated AvP movie and look how that turned out.<p>Airbender is an interesting cartoon but it really should be made for the PG-13 crowd. PG movies are things with "Willy" or "Bud" or "Ernest" in the title.

  • June 10, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    We'll see how confident he is after The Happening

    by Lyghthouse

    If this movie bombs hard, I expect The Last Airbender to quietly disappear, much like Eli Roth's adaption of Cell after Hostel 2 bombed.

  • June 10, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Cute Trick

    by Aquatarkusman

    If you cut out all the prolonged silences and useless close-ups, each one of his movies reduce to the exact length of a Twilight Zone episode.

  • June 10, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Earned Credits

    by Jaybob

    I tend to view artists gaining/losing credits. 6th Sense...worth 3 credits from me. So, I'll watch at least 3 additional movies from M. Night, keeping in mind how much I enjoyed that movie. If movies 2,3, & 4 suck, then that's it. Used up the credit. Unbreakable .... +3 ....Signs +1 ....Village -1 ...Lady -2. We'll see where Happening falls. At this point, I'm willing to put up with about 4 more films hoping for another Unbreakable.

  • June 10, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Killer Trees? That's the TWIST? Ents killing humans.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • June 10, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    What A Twist!

    by LaserPants

    At the end it turns out it was all a dream. No, but seriously, the funniest thing about Shyamalan, is that he believes his own bullshit and is a raging egomaniac about it. Sort of like Darren Aronovsky; a mediocre director who seems to think he is the second coming of Kubrick.

  • June 10, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Waste of fucking time.

    by dekionplexis

    Just make Unbreakable 2 and 3. Thanks.

  • June 10, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    M Night is just trying to prove he can be a mid-grade director a

    by WickedJacob

    With Airbender, He's hedging his bets, doing something with a built-in audience so that it will at least get some attention, and Airbender is probably the only thing anyone would let him touch. He was once called "the next Spielberg" and "the next hitchcock." Now he's aspiring not for greatness but merely competance, going back to where he started in the grind of turning out mediocre kid movies (Stuart Little, Wide Awake)

  • June 10, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    lady in the water

    by birdy birdman

    the worst movie i have ever seen

  • June 10, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Like Sixth Sense, like Signs, like Unbreakable...

    by mefrog

    ... But fuck the unoriginal anticlimatic piece of shit The Village and the massively egotistical Lady in the Water. Shyalamalan's currently massively hit or miss, and if The Happening turns out shit then I'll know my final stance on him.

  • they're linked at imbd.com's page. They are both in spanish so I'm not gonna bother with a tiny url. Just go to imdb's page and emply your favorite free translation site. Both of the reviews were favorable -- maybe the spanish voice-over improves on Mark Wahlberg's acting.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    You know, it is OK to hate a movie...

    by drompter

    Only if AFTER the movie is released it turns out to suck donkey dong. But why are so many talkbackers here so determined to hate a movie they have yet to see? This place is simply filled with morons.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    This series is really great, actually

    by samsquanch

    fun for the whole family.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    drompter

    by PirateEmery

    The movie hasn't even begun any process whatsoever, so the only thing people are holding on to hate is M.Night. Quite juvenile, if you ask me...

  • June 10, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    No buddy... The only "Moron" is Shyamalan.

    by Mr. Profit

    He needs to realize that not every movie needs some plot twist. It worked in his 1st 2 movies but since then it's been bogus. He is a good director, but he needs to realize that the out of nowhere twist only works in short stories. Where there is less time to get comfortable. He could redeem himself to me if he made an old school Creepshow type of movie with 3 small suspense stories in one film. Killer Trees just isn't cutting it. And if I paid 10 bucks and saw that I'd be pissed.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan is to storytelling

    by bobjustbob

    as the Emperor is to clothes.<p><p>Someone get him on Intervention STAT!

  • June 10, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    When the only major selling point...

    by DrBanner

    is that it is M. Night's first R rated movie, you know there's a problem.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    In an article I read about Lamlamading dong

    by Series7

    how he didn't want his name over the title of the movie because thats for great directors like hitchcock and the beard and he blames the studio for doing it. Maybe he was trying to do damage control because the movie sucks and he doesn't want his name to be the most memorible part of it.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Ask Walter B

    by Diagnostic

    He'll tell ya how to keep the R rating off.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Poop Bending.

    by Clumzor

    Seems to me that if he stays relatively close to the source material a PG wouldn't be such a problem.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Shyamalans reveal

    by sweeneydave

    Shyamalan is great with the slow reveal as long as the reveal is worth revealing. But the Avatar world is so epic. As I did with Harry Potter, I'm praying he stays away from this one.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    drturing

    by Diagnostic

    Are you saying you don't want an R-rated Wonderpets? Well sir, neither do I.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Why I'm critical of Shyamalan

    by Laserhead

    And notice I said 'critical' not 'hating on.' I wouldn't mind that he's a mediocre director who's made one good movie (Unbreakable), were he not also possessed of a massive, and massively fragile, ego, one that identifies himself as a great filmmaker despite the fact that his movies are thirty-minute Twilight Zone episodes padded out with long, long moments of middling suspense. That's not even a bad thing, necessarily, but to believe that it equals some artistic height in filmmaking is delusional and obnoxious. Add to that the flock of defenders that insist his movies represent intelligent entertainment that only 'morons' don't like (when, it seems to me, to get off on 2+hours of story that has shallow characters, dumb dialogue, and is totally dependent on a withheld, revelatory contrivance speaks more to a lack of intelligence-- but to each his own). Flip through that book he had written about himself a couple years ago, and get a load of what an obnoxious, deluded prima-donna this dude is. His characters are shallow and one-dimensional, each defined by a simple, script-plug-in trait; his stories are weak and offer only the chance to milk suspense and the cheapest of reactions... I could go on, but I can stop here, I think. That is why I'm critical of Shyamalan, and that's why I wouldn't mind seeing Hollywood and the public coming to view him as an inflated ego surrounding the empty void where talent should be. But if they don't, it's no slime off my back.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Didnt Shylaman adapt Stuart Little?

    by Bass Ackwards

    Wouldnt think PG as such a challenge.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Laserhead

    by bobjustbob

    well said. I would add that the fact the Shyamalan asserts he knows the "magic formula" for making succesful (not great) movies shows a contempt for the audience.<p><p> "Time to feed the Lemmings."

  • June 10, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I was kinda looking forwwad to

    by m_reporter

    The Happening, until I saw the trailers. <p> Marky Mark was worse in those trailers than in Planet of the Apes. A remarkable achievement.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Thanks, bob

    by Laserhead

  • June 10, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Mediocre

    by TSquared

    I agree with some of Laserheads points. But I think Shaymalan main problem is that he writes all his own movies and his passion for his own writing blinds him to mistakes in his scripts, which end up looking horrible on the screen. This (to my knowledge) will be his first adaptation of something with such a history. I think if he focuses his passion into making this film a proper representation of one of the Best American Cartoons of the last 10 years then it will be a good film. But he has to stay focused on Doing the Cartoon Justice, not on doing himself justice.

  • June 10, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I am "very good looking,

    by PirateEmery

    but not to the point that girls think I'm a hottie."<p> Jesus, I'm still having nightmares of reading that chapter.

  • June 10, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    Why I am a Shyamalan fan.

    by Diagnostic

    At least he not just Signs 1-4. Like Saw. Or Matrix. Or PotC. <br> Although Airbender seems to have that potential. He was at least attempting to be creative. He does not threaten his fans, like Steve King. Or go out of his way to insult them, like Clooney("I played Batman gay"). Not every endeavor we do will be a home run, sometimes there are just base hits.

  • June 10, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    It needs to be a trilogy

    by ahdvd

    with each of the three seasons made into a movie, that way there' a whole year's worth of stories to pick from aswell as keeping in a lot of the character stuff in.

  • June 10, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Oh jeez

    by DarthJedi

    This fuckers take on anime now? Really, he just need to stop already. Seriously, just stop. You really suck and you need to stop making movies now. You here me shymalamawhatever? JUST FUCKING STOP!!!! AAAAAUUUUGGGHHH!!!!!

  • June 10, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan can't get good acting out

    by Series7

    of his actors. Minus that now drug addict Haley Jo, all the performences in his movies have been weak. I bet he is a real diva on the set. Like has anyone heard actors bad mouth him? Or do they just use the, HE HAS SUCH A VISION HE KNOWS JUST WHAT HE WANTS. Pretty much putting all blame on him because he was too busy getting the right amount of leaves in the scene rather then worrying himself about the useless actors. They are just there to read, shit even I can do it. Because Harley Jo's performence was all him, every interview was about what he did to get the right feeling, not was M. Knight told him to do, he was too busy making sure that there were just enough flowers on the wall paper.

  • June 10, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Ring the Cash Register

    by Dr. Lisa Cuddy

    "Kids will watch any piece of shit these days"--M.N.S

  • June 10, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    He wanted to make Unbreakable 1-3

    by bobjustbob

    But he threw a fit when Unbreakable didn't do well at the box office. He decided to make movies for the "Denny's crowd" instead and that is why he excreted SIGNS upon the screen. Much to the delight of the Denny's crowd.

  • June 10, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Uhh... Re: That Video...

    by Henry Inglenook

    ... they lost me at "Water..."

  • June 10, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Spoiler Alert

    by mithrandir16

    This talkback was dead the whole time.

  • June 10, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    AHEM. Night

    by Bone-In Foray

    I really, truly enjoyed 'the Sixth Sense'. Really, truly, really. At least until my overachieving girlfriend ruined it by revealing the plot twist a quarter of the way through. Still, it had style and the actors delivered. 'Unbreakable' was okay, but did not have the same punch that 'the Sixth Sense' had. By the time 'Signs' came along it was pretty clear that M. Night had a flair for storytelling but that his direction skills were severely lacking. Roger Deakins saved his ass on the Village which is an absolutely beautiful film. Even Deakins, however, could not save that movie from the putrid stench of amateurism. And as with almost all his movies, when the suspense is gone the film loses most of its inherent entertainment value. It should be no surprise then that when 'Lady in the Water' came out and M. Night revealed the entire plot in the first minute that it had nowhere to go but down. In this case, even the storytelling was absolute hogwash. Really, the worst movie I've seen in awhile; M. Night probably owes Michael Bay for somehow always managing to snatch away that dubious honor. That said, I hope he knocks The Happening out of the park. Otherwise, I might have to write him off forever. Life is too short and there's not nearly enough time in mine to watch this Hollywood-inspired schlop ad infinitum.

  • June 10, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Not a hater but...

    by mrfan

    the man really needs to branch out. Use other peoples scripts or other genres to play with. Maybe write a script for someone else to direct. Try something new. The talent is there but it is like he thinks he will win us over if he keeps tossing out the same stuff over and over. Enough is enough. Time for a new direction.

  • June 10, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Turns Out Its A Remake Of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

    by LaserPants

    Killer plants! Lordy lordy lordy.

  • June 10, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    The twist is..

    by skimn

    there is no twist. I'm willing to see what M Night does with his "end-of-the-world" theme. I'm just afraid it'll be so fucking solemn, that it'll be boring as shit. And I liked Sense, Signs, Unbreakable and half of The Village.

  • June 10, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Reviews of THE HAPPENING?

    by bobjustbob

    I assume it was screened for the critics. Is there an embargo on reviews?

  • June 10, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Listened to an interview with Wahlberg...

    by neverhed

    ...and he phoned it in, not only literally, but as far as any attachment to this film goes. He did pull the euphemistic references to "vision" and "demand" that clearly portray Shyamalan as an egotist and a control freak. I can't blame the actors for this one; I think Leguizamo and Wahlberg are at the very least decent actors. I'm convinced Shyamalan didn't even write a script for this-- he just told the actors what to say and filmed as they went. I hope this film bombs and gives him a gut-check. "Unbreakable" was his only film worth a shit and that's because of its solid cast and atmospheric nature.

  • June 10, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Just saw The Happening

    by Thorstrongstone

    It was horrible up until the point Truck-Fuck Girl had her cameo.<br><br> "It's like the Birds, but with trees!"<br><br>

  • June 10, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    This is a major release from

    by skimn

    a filmmaker that graced the cover of national magazines just years ago, and there are no posted reviews from the mainstream press? Not a good sign. I sense something is not right. Water'ya gonna do? (Sorry, the best I could come up with)

  • June 10, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    My Marky Mark in The Happening Impersonation

    by Aquatarkusman

    "Oh my God (falls asleep like River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho)."

  • June 10, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    THE FAPPENING

    by bobjustbob

    Sounds like this could another M Night fapfest.

  • June 10, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST

    What a bunch of tools...

    by andrew coleman

    I think a lot of you guys are just jealous. I have finally come to this conclusion. Because everyone slings hate for NO reason. You can either like or dislike movies but you guys make it personal. Get therapy work out your issues please don't vent here. Never get laid? Well maybe you should be more open to things instead of hate full and then you'll get laid. What is the point to hoping a movie bombs? There is no fucking point this isn't sports there are no teams. This is just a medium for entertainment. M. Night is going to be around for a while no matter what happens to the Happening. He is signed for THREE of these movies. I used to get really pissed about all the blind bitching some of you guys do but I realized it means nothing. Everyone bitched about Iron Man before it came out: Huge hit. Same for Indy 4 which I was also annoyed with but that made huge money too. So who gives a shit? Calm down and lets talk about movies without all the hate full pointless, racist, bull shit can we? No? Well never mind then.

  • June 10, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Shamalonga crapfest.

    by brattyben

    I don't care if people hate me for this, but the Happening isn't happening. I read a spoiler that the big twist to the movie, is that it's a biotoxin released by plants and trees. It's their way of irradicating humankind to 'cleanse the Earth', or some crap. Shyamalan really just sucks and should really stop doing orignally written material. Hasn't he ever heard of writers? You can actually hire these people, or so I've been told. Really!!

  • June 10, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Definitely Unbreakable 2!

    by zinc_chameleon

    Unbreakable is a movie that understands the heart and soul of why comics work. Even if a viewer catches on to "Mr. Glass", that doesn't kill the wonder of watching the unfolding of Bruce Willis' reluctant hero.

  • June 10, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Hey Node

    by d_fens1969

    Whats it like being a little twat who can pretend to be a big tough twat online? Easy to do here because no one can make you swallow your own teeth, can they?

  • June 10, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Node

    by Laserhead

    Your responses, like Shyamalan's movies, just keep getting dumber and dumber. Shyamalan is "one of the few people trying to make quality movies." You really have no fucking idea what you're talking about, huh? Climb out your step-dad's basement and see some different films, jackass.

  • June 10, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Mystified...

    by I am the most horrible

    ...by the lack of love for Avatar: The Last Airbender. It's an epic example of damned good storytelling. It's a treat for the eyes. <p>I grew up on the craptacular cartoons of the 70s and 80s. My kid is lucky to be able to watch something like the story of Aang unfold, and so am I. I am bummed this TB is all about hatin on Shwamalamblawn. I take any opportunity I get to rave about Avatar. It rocks.

  • June 10, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Node32774, Signs *did* have a twist ending.

    by smackfu

    The twist was the whole time the movie was about God not aliens. Since you don't realize this until the last few minutes of the movie and it alters your perspective of the preceding scenes, it is a plot twist.

  • June 10, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Have you ever seen such a promising career go up in flames

    by Larry of Arabia

    He's such a unique director that he's not for every taste, but he has a distinctive point of view. The Village would have been more interesting *spoiler* if we learned why the Elders left the outside world and refused to tell their progeny about it. But M. took that interesting idea and made it into a film about how he could twist it. Lady in the Water was all about how misunderstood his last film was. Now he has a good idea and by all accounts he blew it. I hope hope hope Airbinder works for him. If he gets on track again he can have a great career.

  • June 10, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    The new 'Happening' FULL-SCREEN pop-up ad

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Worst piece-of-shit advertising since the dawn of the internet. THANK YOU HARRY for being one of the only film sites NOT to assault my computer with this ad!!!

  • June 10, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Sixth Sense was a huge Fluke!

    by FILMFUNK

    He hit the bigtime with it even though it was a good movie bolstered by a big twist. He's continued to make progresivley more rubbish movies desperately trying to bottle the same magic, got labelled the big headed 'TWIST' guy and is now making twistless stuff like The Happening which sounds OK but looks like so bad it's funny piss and Airbender! WTF???

  • June 10, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    everybody

    by kungfuhustler84

    is pretty much saying the same thing about Shyamalan. He was good but he's going downhill. Got it. Anybody wanna discuss the property he is doing? It's unlike anything else he has ever done. There HAS to be action and it really should be for the whole family. All we have seen him succeed at is thrillers, and he's not even good in all the ones he did. Does anybody actualy thinnk the guy can film kung fu scenes? I do NOT want a slow paced, shocker ending Airbender movie.

  • June 10, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    M. Night is damn talented

    by Mattyboy122

    As a director. As a writer he's got problems. He ought to have a collaborator in the writing process. The Village was okay, but Lady in the Water was fucking atrocious. I hope The Happening is Shyamalan at his best, but I donno. I think he ought to branch out, try different genres (which, I guess, he'll be doing with Avatar). I really dig his direction, it's just his writing that weakens his films.

  • June 10, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    One review on Rotten Tomatoes

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Great quote: "Shyamalan restrains from making a screen appearance this time, although in what could be considered as an even more pretentious gesture, is credited as Joey, Alma's unseen would-be lover, who sends her text messages."

  • June 10, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I've seen the light! Shyamalan is GREAT!

    by bobjustbob

    Wait. No he isn't. I would say he's a one-trick pony but that would be insulting to both ponies and prostitutes.<p><p>Just kidding. Although I hold no hope for THE FAPPENING I will follow progress on AIRBENDER with interest. I hope he does make a great movie and knock one out of the park. You wanna know why? 'Cause I like movies that don't suck. And IMO Shyamalan hasn't made a good movie since Unbreakable. YMMV.

  • June 10, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    M. Night has caught Spielberg's "Ending-itis"

    by SirLoin

    Logic and plotholes aside, I think Night's first three movies were at least well-rounded in story - meaning they took a concept and saw it through to the end, and along the way fleshed out the characters and situations so that the endings were justified. I don't think he earned his ending in The Village - which would have been somewhat redeemed if there was no surprise at the end. And Lady in the Water only earned my laughter. So I'll be watching The Happening closely to see how well M. Night can actually see this paper-thin premise to the end. I thought his first three movies were fresh, interesting takes on genre films, and that is why I became a fan of his - I think he brings a unique voice to otherwise well-trod themes. He just needs someone to literally beat his ass once, in front of a crowd.

  • June 10, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    What I enjoy about M. Night

    by Mattyboy122

    Is his willingness to work within the frame. He's sort of a modern day (or postmodern, to be exact) opposite of Michael Bay, who cuts all the time. Shyamalan trusts his audiences to stick with him without bombarding them with cuts all the time. Shyamalan also likes to ask a lot of interesting questions, but what faults him, I think, is that he feels obligated to answer these questions. And when he tries to answer these questions you usually end up with crappy twist endings (or endings that are just crappy).

  • June 10, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    This up there with Lucas doing prequals . . .

    by Violator90

    "It will be tough to keep it PG from PG-13," he said about doing a PG family film. "It will be tricky. I don't know how to make a PG movie so that's going to be much harder, because with R, everything was no problem." Your fucking kidding me!?!? This quoate DOES NOT sit well with me! His last few movies sucked alien ass! Making a family-friendly film is going to be a "tricky?" First try making a few BEFORE you tackle a project like Avatar: The Last Airbender. HOW the fuck do morons like this get to total fuck up properties that have a loyal fanbase and are extremely well of as whatever media they are in! Really! Does this even have to be a movie?!?! The series is way better than most movies that have come out last year and this year! Just stop with the turn-into-a-movie shit!

  • June 10, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Yeah. He shouldn't act.

    by mrfan

    Maybe a quick cameo. Nothing more.

  • June 10, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    A summer movie that doesn't have a superhero in it?

    by superunknown85

    This blasphemy, and/or madness.

  • June 10, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Great analysis SirLoin

    by AntoniusBloc

    that pretty much sums it up. I loved Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs; after that M. Night just sucks. Perhaps he's been Lucas'd, but it was a bad 'sign' already that he insisted on being in his films. Hopefully, his recent failures will humbe him enough to start actually working hard on telling a good story.

  • June 10, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan? It's a pass for me.

    by SunTzu77

    All his films have been rental status to me since "Unbreakable." "Signs" was just wretched... an alien species (in which water kills 'em) invades a planet that's 70% water? "The Village" UGH...."Lady in the Water" double UGH. "The Happening" is a pass for me. I find the advertisements hilarious for "The Happening." "The first R-rated film from M. Knight!" or something...I started crying laughing.

  • June 10, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Shmamamlama

    by Caerdwyn

    All these comments about M. Night's "diva" complex and his ego, his being a control freak... I'm sure you folks would be licking Kubrick's toes if he were alive today. THAT man was a control freak of a director. Fortunately for him (and us filmgoers), he turned out some stellar films for it. M. Night... well, one out of six ain't bad, right?

  • In light of how incredibly bad The Happening film is sposed to be (after AICN posted those super negative separate comments from a couple people who saw the movie and both consider it a disaster), it'll be rather interesting reading Moriarty's own analysis of the film, whereas Harry will probably over rate it as he does with all of Shyamalan's films.

  • June 10, 2008, 8:49 p.m. CST

    HULK>happening

    by Dazzler69

    No doubt. Happening will be the next big bomb of the season.

  • June 10, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Go on put a twist in the ending, I dare you.

    by Damien Chowder

  • June 10, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    He's so wrong for Avatar

    by BeatsMe

    It's got a goofy Star Wars spirit, he's gonna botch the shit out of it with his pretentious drivel

  • June 10, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Who wants to see a lame Nicktoon as a live action movie anyway?

    by RicardoMontalban

    M. has totally lost it. What a waste! hey check out this great new movie blog on blogspot. it's called thebitterproducer

  • June 10, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Lost Jarv

    by krushjudgement

    Guess what? You're part of the MTV Generation. Which decade did you grow up in? The 80's? Yeah, <TV Generation.

  • June 10, 2008, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Hawaiian Organ Donor

    by krushjudgement

    It's probably not fair to make a comparison between M. Night movies and AvP.

  • June 11, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    In defense of Avatar, mostly.

    by Chaotic Blue

    I've been able to enjoy most of Shyamalan's movies--except Lady in the Water. I also have a lot of love for Avatar, although most episodes have at least one point where it feels like they clipped out a minute or so that makes a particular plot element seem rushed. Other than that, I think that a lot of its naysayers just see a cartoon and dismiss it because of that, or see yet another American attempt at anime-styled animation, and shut it out for that reason. And that's just sad, because on the whole it's an excellently written show with consultants for both the calligraphy of the Avatar-verse (everything is written in Chinese characters), and the martial arts. I'm not upset about there being an Avatar movie--I'm not even upset about it being live action. But I don't know if Shyamalan is the right man for the job. I'm even more concerned about how they're going to take upwards of eight hours of plot and condense it into a 1.5-2 hour movie. Prolly drop Jet and Haru, condense finding out about Sozin's Comet down to a few minutes of exposition, possibly even drop Omashu and/or Kyoshi. There's a lot that'll have to be cut. I'll miss it.

  • June 11, 2008, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Read a review...

    by SunTzu77

    I just read a spoiler filled review of "The Happening." If it's legit... it's going to be an incredibly horrific film. It should rank amongst Glitter, Cool as Ice, Kazaam, Gigli...as one of the most craptastic films.

  • June 11, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Krush

    by Lost Jarv

    I'm sorry if I wasn't clear. What I meant was it is nothing to do with being part of the MTV generation- which in the context mentioned was attention span of goldfish fuckers in their teens- not 30 year old adults. <P>Unless you're just being a prick in which case- go fuck yourself.

  • June 11, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    I'm more of an asshole

    by krushjudgement

    But I wasn't trying to be a prick. I was just pointing out what I thought was faulty logic. Now that you've explained it, I agree.

  • June 11, 2008, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Ugggh

    by Zappary

    Personally, I hope The Happening bombs nice and good enough so that someone else can take this on. Not a particularly charitable view, I know, but I'd prefer an Avatar movie to not suck.

  • June 11, 2008, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Fair enough

    by Lost Jarv

    my original reply was a profanity laced work of genius. Then I re-read the thread and realised I hadn't been clear so rewrote it.

  • June 11, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • June 11, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Node

    by DocPazuzu

    You are a pretentious tool.

  • June 11, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST

    He was joking

    by I am the most horrible

    He's only made one R movie and this is a Nicktoon...he was kidding. PS RicardoMontalban is a jagoff and his website is shite. I've actually never been there but he dissed Avatar. Don't dis Avatar then expect me to visit your jagoff site just cause you mention it every post. Jagoff.

  • June 12, 2008, 2:43 a.m. CST

    "The Happening" is still a monumentally shit name

    by G100

    No matter how you slice it.<p> <p>And if the lead actors acting sucks and sucks bigtime then I don't see how it can recover. Pity. He got a great performance out of Willis. Twice even!<p> <p>As for Airbender well it's an adaptation so he's constrained, but that might just be what he needs. It's a good enough property that it deserves better than a rushed hack job.