Fans would be delighted to know that Avatar: The Last Airbender made enough waves in the entertainment industry to have a film adaptation to its name. In fact, they would be happier to know that M. Night Shyamalan, the man behind the film’s success. The sixth sense, called on his talents to direct the live-action film adaptation, which is slated for release on July 2, 2010. According to Variety, the production team titled the film “The Last Airbender,” dropping l ‘”Avatar”. to avoid confusion with the upcoming James Cameron film of the same name, which is slated for release in December 2009.
Avatar: The Last Airbender was inspired and influenced by Japanese filmmaker Hayao Mizahaki, who Shyamalan says is one of the world’s greatest storytellers. Shyamalan adds that “In ‘The Last Airbender’ I see an opportunity to do a live version of a Miyazaki movie.”
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Avatar: The Last Airbender is an animated series that follows a young hero with the power to stop a nation from destroying other countries. Recently, Shyamalan spoke to Empire Online to talk about the plot of the film and its connection to the Nickelodeon show.
“The actual plot is in a place where there are four tribes of people. And these people each have people within their tribe who master an element: water, earth, fire or air, ”Shyamalan explained. “They all live in balance and harmony and once in a generation, an individual is born who can bend – that is, manipulate – these four elements and thus maintain a balance between all of them. They are a kind of Buddha figure to some extent.
Moreover, he adds that like any other epic story, a young hero will emerge among the chaos of nations. Personal conflict will also arise, as the hero “doesn’t want this job. He is obliged to reconstitute the world. It actually has a lot of Shakespearean connotations. There is a lot of anguish in the family and the fathers refuse the sons in different stories. “
Shyamalan says the story will also delve into cross-cultural philosophies.
“Buddhist and Hindu philosophies run through things,” he said. “When I realized that was what it was, it really drew me in as a role model to take storytelling to a new level. There’s kind of a thread that connects Star wars and The matrix – the first. That same thread is in this story, about a forgotten belief system, or the illusion of the world now.
But this film doesn’t promise just any moralistic philosophical content, as it also aims to bring the final special effects. In fact, he wants it to be the perfect balance between content and images, and therefore will have a keen eye for every detail that goes into the film, which will be released under Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon.
“It’s intimidating not to do it right,” said Shyamalan. “It can’t be special effects for the sake of special effects… Everything has to have this detail. I can’t leave it. I have to make sure I do the same kind of storytelling, but with just one more tool.
-Valerie Anne del Castillo, BuddyTV columnist
Source: Empire Online, Variety
(Photo courtesy of DLP Cinemas)