The Last Airbender live-action film was so unsuccessful that a sequel for the film has not been announced, though it is over a decade later.
Although The Last Airbender live-action film seemed like it would be an absolute hit at the box-office at first, the film ended up being very disappointing in almost all aspects. As a result, it is quite unlikely that The Last Airbender will ever get a sequel.
Will there be a sequel to The Last Airbender?
There is no doubt that the original Avatar: The Last Airbender series set the bar unattainably high for any spin-offs and sequels.
Unfortunately, this bar proved to be entirely too high for the The Last Airbender live-action movie, which was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and released in 2010.
Now, over a decade later, this film has yet to receive a sequel, but given how poorly the film was received when it was first released, this is not a surprise.
Though The Last Airbender had a big budget and a famed director behind it, the reasons why fans so vehemently dislike the film range from the white-washed casting of the film and the discrepancies with the original source material, to the failure to include enough of the franchise’s lore, and many, many more.
This is why it is so unlikely that the film will ever get a sequel.
What could have been for The Last Airbender sequel
One of the main issues that fans had with The Last Airbender was that the film did not stick to its established and successful source material.
Even so, it is safe to assume that if The Last Airbender was greenlit for a second film, this film probably would have revolved around the second book, “Earth” just like the second season of the original animated series did.
What did M. Night Shyamalan have to say about The Last Airbender?
After the release of The Last Airbender, director M. Night Shyamalan reflected on the work that he did for the film and admitted that his process and the film’s purpose did not exactly align.
He added that “It was so wonderful to have that opportunity, but there are so many people who are so much better at that kind of storytelling than I am.”
Other Avatar: The Last Airbender projects
Though The Last Airbender was evidently not the best way to expand the Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise, there are plenty of projects lined up for the future that fans of the franchise will be able to enjoy.
This includes a live-action remake that is coming to Netflix, a new animated film, and possibly even another animated spin-off destined to air on Paramount Plus.