Seeing as the thread on the "old" board is locked, FIRST FOR SHYAMALAN!
Was there anything in the movie adaptation you liked? Was there anything in the movie adaptation you preferred? M. Night has a script for the sequel completed, what do you think he has/had planned? Do you think the failure of TLA played in Nick's decision to pursue more seasons of LoK rather than produce an animated version of the search for Ursa? And finally, what WAS going on with those Earthbenders?
Though this fandom is oft divided, we are united in hatred.
>Was there anything in the movie adaptation you liked? Sets and costumes?? Soundtrack was also just okay iirc.
>Was there anything in the movie adaptation you preferred? Haha, no.
>M. Night has a script for the sequel completed, what do you think he has/had planned? Aang summons a giant mountain to throw at Azula.
>Do you think the failure of TLA played in Nick's decision to pursue more seasons of LoK rather than produce an animated version of the search for Ursa? I thought it went that we were going to get three made for tv movies (presumably covering what the comics are about) and they got dropped for the movie.
>And finally, what WAS going on with those Earthbenders? I once read a theory suggesting those earthbenders were actually just practicing the movements and someone else was bending the rock.
If you look at it *very* closely, yes. The one throwing the rock was the guy that showed up at the end. The big Macarena dance was the earth wall, but poor cinematography meant that the two got easily confused.
>What it came down to was M Night really was the only one who knew the show and what he was doing (the first draft of the screenplay? gorgeous. hence Bryke giving him the okay). The producers, who are actually in charge of at least 80% of production including casting.... not so much. They clearly never bothered to watch the show, nor had the ghostwriter who did the final screenplay.
>Nicola was hired because she's the daughter of someone one of the producers owed a favor to as Hollywood loves its nepotism. (Her audition tape was subpar at best). In having to cast her they had to cast a guy who could pass as her brother - hence Jackson. His audition was actually pretty good. He's a funny guy and had clearly seen the show. Too bad the producers felt the movie didn't have time for intentional humor and cut all that out of the script. Noah was the only one who honestly openly auditioned and was chosen based on talent. He just needed extra help acting because with a lot of it being green screened he was talking to air a lot of the time. Experienced adults have a hard time doing that let alone a kid.
>If you recall they initially signed on Jesse McCartney as Zuko. Why? Because otherwise the lead actor roster would be "starring: two unknown kids you never heard of and that guy who played a minor character in Twilight!". And then someone with a brain realized "wait a minute this show is kind of anime-esque and we're hiring a bunch of white kids. Um.". So what did they do? Because they couldn't can Nicola without someone being really ticked, Jesse willingly bowed out and went with another project offered at the time. Even still, they still needed a big name to draw people in but it couldn't be another white kid. Dev Patel just gave an Oscar-winning performance and was willing to sign on. And in getting him they had to make the rest of the Fire Nation match. Which is why it turned into heroic white kids VS evil brown people (which was intentionally unintentional).
>>117742 Some nice insider knowledge, although the ghostwriters being hacks doesn't really explain why bending became a matter of "pumping up your chi" rather than an extension of defined martial arts. That might be post-facto justification for not hiring martial arts specialists which again comes back to production mismanagement and Shyamalan's decision to just collect the cheque and call it a day, but it's hard for me to believe that he was completely blameless in how crappy the final product was.