Shyamalan Talks Live-Action Avatar: The Last Airbender

Wow, I must have been asleep when news that M. Night Shyamalan (pictured, left) was gearing up a live-action movie trilogy based on the cartoon “Avatar: The Last Airbender” surfaced a while back. In any case, the “Sixth Sense” director, whose latest, “The Happening” is scheduled for this Summer, is currently in pre-production on the first of the “Avatar” movies, not to be confused with James Cameron’s own epic sci-fi adventure of the same name. (My guess is that Shyamalan’s version will lose the “Avatar” part, but who knows.) Empire recently talked with Shaymalan about the forthcoming trilogy, its plot, and what to expect. In a word: BIG.

More:

“The actual plot is in a place where there are four tribes of people. And these people each have people within their tribe that have mastery over one element: water, earth, fire or air. They all live in a balance and harmony and once every generation there is born an individual who can bend – that is manipulate – all four of those elements and thereby keep a balance between all. They are kind of a Buddha figure to some extent. The story is about how, in this particular time, this avatar is born into the airbenders and disappears. Then all hell breaks loose and the fire nation basically commits genocide and eradicates the air tribe in the hopes of killing the avatar and taking over control of everything. This child then re-emerges, which is the beginning of our story. He reappears having been frozen in the ice — there is a whole story about how that happens — a hundred years later and this world is all fucked up and he is the last airbender, but he doesn’t want this job. He’s forced into the position of putting the world back together again. It actually has a lot of Shakespearean overtones to it. There’s lots of family angst, and fathers denying sons in different storylines.”

Expect a large helping of special effects and spectacle, which means Shyamalan will have to finally get his ass out of Philadelphia and shoot somewhere else — in this case, Greenland. Seriously, what is the man’s obsession with Philadelphia? Can you love a city THAT much? It’s just unhealthy and more than a little creepy.

Anyhoo. I normally see a lot of cartoons because my nephews watches them, but for some reason, they never got into “Avatar”, so I’ve only ever seen snippets of it.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Movie



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  • David

    Philly rules.

  • David

    Philly rules.

  • John

    The idea for a live action “Avatar” movie is a kick a** idea the people that end up getting the parts for these characters are going to be lucky oh, man how i’d give to be an a movie like this.

  • John

    The idea for a live action “Avatar” movie is a kick a** idea the people that end up getting the parts for these characters are going to be lucky oh, man how i’d give to be an a movie like this.

  • d

    i was a little unsure about how this would turn out, but i’m gonna give him a chance. I like his movies,and this just doesn’t seem like his type, but good luck m.night!

  • d

    i was a little unsure about how this would turn out, but i’m gonna give him a chance. I like his movies,and this just doesn’t seem like his type, but good luck m.night!

  • http://myspace.com/kidcalvin James harvey

    M. Night Shyamalan I am Calvin I’m 16 and i want to be in this movie. Me and my little brothers watch all the time. The whole family watch it. I would like to play the part of Sokka. You can see why on my myspace page. We both have dashing good looks and everything. Its easier to play a part that in is in a way of living. Please

  • http://myspace.com/kidcalvin James harvey

    M. Night Shyamalan I am Calvin I’m 16 and i want to be in this movie. Me and my little brothers watch all the time. The whole family watch it. I would like to play the part of Sokka. You can see why on my myspace page. We both have dashing good looks and everything. Its easier to play a part that in is in a way of living. Please

  • http://myspace.com/kidcalvin James harvey

    M. Night Shyamalan I am Calvin I’m 16 and i want to be in this movie. Me and my little brothers watch all the time. The whole family watch it. I would like to play the part of Sokka. You can see why on my myspace page. We both have dashing good looks and everything. Its easier to play a part that in is in a way of living. Please

  • Lashonne

    It would be so cool to be in this movie, I love this show, seen every episode ^^
    I think i could be a katara, who knows.