With the intended trilogy-launcher The Last Airbender set to hit theaters on July 1st, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has a focused path set before him, and I think we all hope it leads to redemption. Now it seems that Bruce Willis, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Bradley Cooper may join him on the next step.
Shyamalan is shopping around his next top secret project, and the aforementioned trio of stars are “loosely attached” to star. Very interesting, no? More after the jump:
Heat Vision reports that this project is no exception to Shyamalan’s strict rule of secrecy. True to his Entourage guest appearance, Shyamalan has issued the screenplay to “only top studio execs,” with the requirement that a Shyamalan-employed assistant must be preset for the reading. When the executive has turned the last page, the assistant retrieves the script and reports back to Shyamalan.
Said secrecy makes it impossible to judge whether or not the concept is worth getting excited about. But I figure you can’t lure Willis, Paltrow, and Cooper with utter crock.
As a fan of the Nickelodeon series upon which Airbender is based, and an admirer of a solid portion of Shyamalan’s work, I am really rooting for the film. Let’s say it doesn’t bomb: does this secret feature take precedence over an Airbender sequel? I imagine there is a certain urgency to get going on a sequel when your star is a pubescent thirteen years of age.
Here’s the synopsis for The Last Airbender:
Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements.
Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war—torn world. Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film “The Last Airbender” is the opening chapter in Aang’s struggle to survive.