M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender has plenty of hype surrounding it due to it’s die hard Nickelodeon fan base, and the newbies who’ve just discovered the trailer. Either way the director and producers know that something amazing can be done with this story, so it’s no surprise that Shyamalan intends on turning The Last Airbender into a trilogy. Many reports suggested that after it’s 2010 debut, the next two installments would be filmed back to back, but according to Starlog that’s not the case.

“We’re shooting them one at a time, because they’re being written one at a time,” says veteran producer (and STARLOG favorite) Frank Marshall. “Night is now working on the script for the second movie, but he hasn’t had time to write the second or third ones. He’s looking at the arc of all three. One of the things we’ll be doing is using the sets, ships and elements for each different nation in this film and incorporating them into movies two and three. We’re not waiting. There just isn’t enough time. Night will finish this movie, then the script and then we’ll prepare for the next one. I think it’ll probably happen over six years.”

The Last Airbender TV series lasted three season’s, so I have to know from the die hard fans out there…do the main characters significantly age? In the film/show Aang is a young kid and in the first live action installment he will be played by Noah Ringer, who I believe is 12 years old. So, I’m wondering if the story will adjust to the actor’s age a la Harry Potter? In six years the kid will be 18, will that fit?

I will admit that when I saw the teaser trailer for this film before Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, I realized that I needed the movie in my life. Looking back I recognize that I was more entertained by that than the entire two plus hours of Transformers? Weird.

What do you think of M. Night creating a Last Airbender trilogy? Do you think they should do them back to back considering the actors/characters ages?