M. Night Shyamalan and Paramount are planning their own Avatar, a movie based on the popular Nickelodeon kids TV series, Variety reported.
The filmmaker has signed a three-picture deal with Paramount's MTV Films and Nick Movies to adapt the animated Avatar: The Last Airbender show for the big screen. He will write, direct and produce the potential kids franchise. The film version will be live action.
Nick TV's Avatar, which is set in an Asian-influenced fantasy world permeated by martial arts and magic, follows the adventures of the successor to a long line of Avatars who must put aside his irresponsible ways and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations.
Created by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Avatar debuted on the Nicktoons lineup in February 2005. Aimed at 6- to 11-year-olds, the show has nabbed strong ratings, including outside its intended demo. It is among the top 10 animated series on all of TV among kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14.
Paramount confirmed the pact with Shyamalan just hours after Fox Filmed Entertainment announced it is green-lighting James Cameron's Avatar, which has nothing to do with the Airbender project.
Now I am a biog fan of the series avatar, the last air bender. It is a surprisingly well writen and drawn. I am also a fan of Shyamalan. A big fan. Even when he is not hitting his stride his films are leaps and bounds better than 90% of the stuff being made and I just love his style.
I just find myself wondering if those two great things will work together.