IGN Movies has caught a sneak peek of the upcoming DVD release for Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Book 2 Collection. On one of the special features, our favorite director, M. Night Shyamalan has a conversation with the show’s creators, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, about bringing the animated series to life. The bonus feature is called “Interview with Creators and M. Night Shyamalan.”
“I really was looking for something to do where I could do these cool fighting scenes and everything,” Shyamalan explains. “Avatar had such a beautiful way of doing that. The supernatural, with all of the elements — that’s another huge thing for me and it’s kind of based in all of this eastern stuff; it’s really beautiful ideas behind it.”
On locations: “When you guys write a scene that [takes place] in the North Pole, you can do that. But we’ve got to be in Arctic weather for months on end.
On condensing the story: It’s going to be really hard for me because I really loved what you guys did and I’m finding it hard to let go of anything. At first when I put the outline together, I showed it to you guys and it basically had every single thing you guys wrote.”
On breaking the story down into three films: “I think I’ve got to a place where I really know how to bring in the characters, and what characters I can save for the other movies, and what moments we can save for the other movies,” Shyamalan says. “So it’s really starting to take shape into a two-hour movie — and I think that will happen for each of the three movies.”
On the Cast: “I think they’re going to be mostly unknown kids and teenagers.”
On collaboration with other writers: “The really cool thing for me is that I close my door and I write my movies and it’s just the most lonely, depressing process that anyone could go through. On this movie, I’ve got you guys to be depressed with me, so this is such an exciting thing for me.”