This holiday weekend sees the release of 'The Last Airbender,' and while a big-budget, 3-D fantasy movie fits right in with the 4th of July weekend, M. Night Shyamalan -- the director behind the camera -- is not a name you're used to seeing in the credits.

Shyamalan broke onto the scene with the release of the paranormal thriller 'The Sixth Sense.' He followed it up with 'Unbreakable' -- which became a cult success on DVD -- and the alien-invasion hit 'Signs.' However, his most recent films -- 'The Village,''Lady in The Water,' and 'The Happening' -- were maligned by critics and audiences for poorly thought-out fantasy turns and needless twists.

'The Last Airbender' is a departure for Shyamalan: It's a family film, it's action-driven, and it's based on a pre-existing concept (in this case, a beloved Nickelodeon anime). For the viewers who have grown increasingly disappointed with his work, it's his chance to put his unique talents under a new spotlight and prove to audiences that he still has it.

News just broke that M. Night is shopping around a top-secret script with A-list stars for his next project. But even though it's shrouded in secrecy, it just conjures up thoughts of "same old Shyamalan." After our curiosity was piqued by the idea of his signing on to make a summer blockbuster about elemental martial-arts children, this new mystery project sounds like he is quickly returning to the well that burned out viewers in the first place. We've put together a few off-beat options that we'd rather see M. Night tackle, that just may expand his horizons.