The Last Airbender review scores are now set in stone. Without a doubt, The Last Airbender review scores are the worst of the summer, and of M. Night Shyamalan’s career. Both Shyamalan and summer 2010 have been bashed to no end, and now the bar has been lowered for both of them. Thanks to that, the status of Shyamalan’s career, and of the summer 2010 season in general, is now unlikely to improve much for a while. Yet The Last Airbender review rants also leaves the franchise in question, and whether it can go on as planned.
The original plan was for Shyamalan to make a trilogy based on the animated hit. However, it appears no critic in the world is anxious to see two more of these movies. Or rather, they don’t want to see them with Shyamalan in charge.
Although The Last Airbender review totals are horrific, Paramount is more focused on box office totals. In spite of all the critical pans, the film is still set to finish second on Fourth of July weekend, and should get to over $100 million domestic. However, the bad word-of-mouth and the upcoming competition could sink the movie in later weeks.
The question is whether it can still make enough, both here and abroad, to justify two more films. The Last Airbender review rants mainly targeted Shyamalan, and his casting choices. If Paramount decides to go ahead without Shyamalan, that alone could keep audiences around to see the sequels. The animated series still has a devoted cult audience that will follow the Airbender brand, and is dying to see it treated right.
As for Shyamalan, The Last Airbender review results finally killed his tattered reputation. Yet although critics now want to see him go away, his career is still likely to continue. He was reportedly shopping around a new project before Airbender opened, which he hoped would start Bruce Wilis and Gwyneth Paltrow.
If Airbender box office is respectable, he could still get projects green lit – and Paramount could always decide to keep him onboard Airbender. If he does keep working, many have hoped he will just direct, and not write his own films anymore.
Although the franchise and the director could survive, The Last Airbender review bashing is the nadir for summer 2010. The season has now hit rock bottom for pundits, as most everyone has given up on seeing good movies in July and August.
Yet the low Last Airbender review scores may benefit another movie. Many have pegged Inception as the last hope for summer 2010, and now there’s even more impatience for it to open. Shyamalan used to be the next great director – and now the newest one to wear that label, Christopher Nolan, may want to send him thanks.
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