20/04/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
There's a live-action adaptation of the manga-like Nickelodeon animated TV series in the works from Paramount. Shyamalan, the creator of The Sixth Sense, Signs and the upcoming The Happening, will direct and produce the fantasy/science fiction action-adventure based on a script that he penned.
Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have greenlit the live-action epic adventure M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, which will launch over the Independence Day weekend in 2010, opening on Friday July 2nd 2010.
Shyamalan, the creator of The Sixth Sense, Signs and the upcoming The Happening, will direct and produce the science fiction action-adventure based on a script that he penned.
"I was drawn to the series because of its influences: one being Hayao Miyazaki," Shyamalan told SFcrowsnest.com. "I've always been a huge fan of Miyazaki's work. He is one of the greatest storytellers in the world and makes anime films in Japan. His combination of spirituality and super natural elements have brought depth and meaning to his art form. In 'The Last Airbender,' I see an opportunity to make a live-action version of a Miyazaki film."
"We're delighted to be partnering with Nickelodeon to bring M. Night Shyamalan's vision of The Last Airbender to the big screen and to audiences of all ages," added John Lesher, President, Paramount Film Group.
Based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film is set in a world where human civilization is divided into four nations: Water, Earth, Air and Fire.
The Fire Nation is waging a ruthless, oppressive war against the other three nations. The film's hero, the reluctant young Aang, is the Last Airbender - the Avatar who, according to prophecy, has the ability to manipulate all of the elements and bring all the nations together. Aided by a protective teenage Waterbender named Katara and her bull-headed brother Sokka, Aang proceeds on a perilous journey to restore balance to their war-torn world.
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