I’m not happy about this. I’m really, really not happy about this.
Leave it to me to be the ever pessimistic movie goer (as of recent). It’s funny because I’ve said I like to just go to the movies and have a good time, but some announcements and trailers have had me shaking my head. And the announcement, per an article by Venture Capital Post that Mr. Shyamalan was going to put his (seemingly dwindling) name on it made me ask some questions.
Like, “why can’t you just…not…do that?”
Or, “why do you think this is going to be successful?”
I’m taking a few liberties here, but this is a movie blog where we have opinions…and you shouldn’t be too surprised, but the internet actually agrees with my stance.
“‘Avatar: The Last Airbender 2’ Confirmed” Why tho? pic.twitter.com/HJqLIEkFpD
— Shepperd (@LaShepperd) August 25, 2015
Today had been great and only full of good news until I found out Avatar: The Last Airbender 2 has been confirmed. No. Just…why
— Nathanael Rutherford (@Mr_Rutherford) August 25, 2015
Avatar The Last Airbender 2 confirmed Directed by M Night Shyamalan Who angered the Gods What did we did we do to deserve this fresh hell
— Sammy Paul (@ICOEPR) August 25, 2015
Shyamalan still intent on screwing humanity over with The Last Airbender 2. *I* won’t ever see it, that’s for sure. http://t.co/LAUlcO81gI
— Adam Heine (@adamheine) August 24, 2015
Fantastic Four (2015) is a terrible movie, but at least it’s not M. Night Shyamalan Avatar: The Last Airbender Movie level of terrible.
— Nathan Yamamoto (@natecfcyams) August 18, 2015
…you get the point. Let me recap for you what happened back in 2010 when the first movie came out. People went to watch it. People who are familiar with the cartoon series it is based on hated it. People were mad because…well…here…
avatar the last airbender was very good (i mean the show. dont ask me if i mean the movie. no one is ever going to mean the movie.)
— Dan Pearce (@GameDesignDan) August 22, 2015
…issues to do with casting that didn’t reflect the original cartoon/anime…
Avatar the Last Airbender was the worst movie..why were the characters white? Did Dev Patel make up for this tragic movie? Avatar was a PoC-
— qandeel (@evillerhag) August 25, 2015
i’m still disappointed with the ‘avatar: the last airbender’ movie like the show was badass and they could’ve done better on the film
— kc (@kxcvy) August 16, 2015
Still not over the fact that they cast white actors for the Avatar: The Last AirBender movie.
— Mhysa (@MitraKashaniii) August 12, 2015
I could go on, but we’d be here a while.
Ah, studio executives, directors, producers, and people of the movie making world: you have a tool called social media. Many of you are connected to it. Many people tweet at you, giving you their opinions regarding their displeasure, disappointment – or hey, sometimes kudos when you do something right. I’m reminded of another situation where people took to social media to express their displeasure, only to gain nothing from the effort. (Well, for now.)
But while we live in a day and age where it is easier to exclaim our anger through our phones and fingertips, it doesn’t mean it’s always the right decision. So if Shyamalan is going to make it up to the fans (and others who suffered through the first movie), might I suggest holding an AMA to give the fans a chance to directly (so he can’t say ‘he didn’t know how people felt about it’) give him some solid feedback?
We’ll see. There’s no release date attached, so who knows – maybe all this steam is all for nothing. Though judging by the very confident comments made by Shyamalan, that doesn’t sound like it’s going to be the case.