Woot! Avatar is ON it’s WAY

Yip Yip! Fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Nickelodeon animated series, and M. Night Shyamalan get out your calendars. OK, ready? Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies will release the newly green-lit M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, a live-action movie adaptation of the series, on Friday, July 2, 2010. Shyamalan will direct and produce The Last Airbender from his own script. The word “Avatar” was no doubt dropped from the feature film title to steer clear of confusion with director James Cameron 3D movie Avatar, which is set for release 8 months earlier in December 2009 and is not for kids. Joining Shyamalan as producers on the project are Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, Sam Mercer and Scott Aversano. Additionally, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, creators of the animated Avatar: The Last Airbender series, wills serve as executive producers on the movie. While Shyamalan’s movies are generally for adult audiences, The Last Airbender is targeted to moviegoers of all ages, with Shyamalan pointing to Hayao Miyazaki storytelling and movies as an inspiration.

Cynthia Turner’s Cynopsis – Cyn Kids 4/17/08

I’m so pumped for this darn movie. I talked to some kids this past weekend and they were not psyched about the live-action choice (loving the anime feel of the characters).

I just want to see Katara (heroine) and Zuko (arch enemy) fall in love. I’m not saying it will happen, but I’m TOTES holding out.

I’d like to see some sort of mmo game for the world of Avatar– everyone getting sorted into an element. But, as I think about it– it would be difficult, as it’s an epic about one character with all powers. So even though I’d enjoy having a power of my own society member based on an element that reflects me, I’m not sure about missing out on the small team epic of Aang and friends. What would my purpose be in the world? The property’s world is about 4 kids fighting for unity in a nation divided into fourths. Beyond a color war (think camp flag battles), what is the emotional purpose for the world? Where is the drama & social game push? Is it worthwhile to “wait” for some sort of epic interaction with ability to use powers, and in the meant time just hang out in the war torn towns? Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends conquered that with quest based MMO-ish game (My Big Fat House Party, which now barely works), as did Pirates of the Caribbean Online.

Ideally, you’d want to be unique, a member of the pro-aang resistence (well, at least for the most part, you always have those contrary kids) – and if say an NPC version of Aang comes passing through your MMO area, how are you & a hundred of your best MMO friends going to still achieve that special feeling while still allowing the feeling of the game & the emotional push of the epic? That would definitely be the challenge – finding that balance between storyline & non-main character social existence, while achieving the feeling of unique heroism.

Hmm. Oh, the opportunities to crack that egg– no doubt someone will rock it in the next year.

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