Shyamalan Talks Airbender June 10, 2008 M Night Shyamalan Talks The Last Airbender Director M. Night Shyamalan has been talking about his big screen adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon Anime-influenced animated series ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’. During press for his upcoming film ‘The Happening’, the director said, “It has martial arts and spirituality and the supernatural, and it has Buddhist philosophy and Hindu philosophy–really, everything I talk about–all in one movie”. “It has a mythology,” Shyamalan added. “It’s Shakespearean. It’s all this incredible stuff, and it has a balance. All these movies are plays on magic, whether it’s Lord of the Rings or The Matrix or Star Wars even, and each one of them relates to me in a different way, in its belief system.” Shyamalan recalled sensing “some kind of religion” in Star Wars when he saw the film for the first time at age 7. “I couldn’t articulate it when I was in [a] station wagon between my parents; back then, you could sit in the front seat,” he said, laughing. “I felt the same thing watching this show. I was like, ‘This is the Eastern-philosophy Star Wars movie.’ I started thinking about what it ‘The Happening’ is in Irish theatres June 13th.