M. Night Shyamalan isn’t sorry for The Last Airbender movie

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M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender wasn’t well received with critics and fans. Well, you know what? He doesn’t care if you guys hated it, since he made the movie for the young crowd. While promoting his upcoming Fox series called Wayward Pines, the infamous director told IGN that the movie was geared towards children and not towards older fans.

“So you could make it one of two ways,” said the director. “You could make it for that same audience, which is what I did — for nine and 10-year-olds — or you could do the Transformers version and have Megan Fox. I didn’t do that. That would have felt like, ‘Well, I’m going to make a movie about a kids show that my 10-year-old is watching and not make it for her. I make it for my guy friends.’ That felt like a betrayal of the innocence of the piece.”

Shyamalan then validates his movie adaptation by saying that kids enjoyed it, with one even watching it 74 times:

“I go out and 10-year-olds are like, ‘That’s my favorite show! I love that movie!’ Parents come up to me and go, ‘They’ve watched The Last Airbender 74 times!’ Those kids, it’s for them. It was for them, to talk about mysticism and Eastern philosophies through a 10-year-old’s vernacular.”

The director clearly wasn’t interested in trying to sell the movie to an older audience because of the source material.

“So, you know, these are business propositions, which have very little interest to me, of like, ‘Hey, the business proposition is to get Megan Fox to be…’ You know, ‘You should age it ’til it’s that.’ That wasn’t the source material, you know what I mean? Whereas, also, like a Transformers, it’s really fascinating, because it’s valid for Transformers. You know why it’s valid? Because it’s the little boys that were playing with them are grown up now. They’re the ones who wanted to see Megan Fox. That’s absolutely appropriate, you know what I mean?”

I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I can’t really comment. (I have no desire to watch it.) Do you think he was successful in creating a movie geared towards kids?

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