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Avatar coming to big screen

Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan is gearing up to write and direct a big-screen adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon kids' cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender for Paramount Pictures. Avatar will be the first film Shyamalan directs that is based on characters created by someone else.

Avatar follows the adventures of a gifted 12-year-old boy who is the last hope of a race of beings who can control the elements. The show regularly lands in the top 10 animated programs on TV and is Nickelodeon's top-rated Friday-night show.

Paramount hopes to turn the cartoon into a three-picture film series, according to Variety. Both Paramount and Nickelodeon are owned by Viacom.

Shyamalan was last in theaters with The Lady In the Water, which was based on a kids' story he wrote for his daughter. Lady received withering reviews from critics and grossed $42 million in the US, the director's lowest box office to date.

The film was also reportedly responsible for his break-up with Disney, whose Buena Vista Pictures produced and distributed his previous films Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village. The tumultouous behind-the-scenes drama was detailed in Michael Bamberger's 2006 book The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale.

Coincidentally, this week Terminator and Titanic maestro James Cameron also announced his intention to create a movie named Avatar, this one about a futuristic space war in which soldiers control fighting "avatars" with their minds.

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Hey everyone i'm a big fan of avatar too. Don't worry about the efects of the movie they will work it out. Does anyone knows how to contact Michael Dante DiMartino?? he's the writer of the story avatar. can someone help me?? please contact rafa3lico@gmail.com even if you can't help me
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The thing is...they WILL overdo CGI effects for the unique animals and all four types of bending (because that is the only way in this day in age that such things can be done), whereas the human characters most likely will be played by adult actors, despite the fact that the characters are meant to be children. That said, I don't have high hopes for this, as various previous films have shown that turning comic/cartoon characters into live-action properties doesn't often bode well for the franchise that is being used (chiefly 1960's cartoons such as George of the Jungle, Dudley-Do-Right, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Underdog, and Alvin & The Chipmunks, and comic characters like Popeye the Sailor, Garfield, et al and as the primary examples of movies that generally flopped [Popeye was the only redeemable one that remained faithful entirely to the source, but since it was based on the Segar musical comic that fans of the Fliesher cartoons didn't understand, it too failed]).
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I think that the idea of ruining the tv show by turning it to a live action movie is only equaled by Nickelodeon accepting to create this abomination.

If they can cancell this at any time now would be great
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=O_O= NOOOOOOOOO THAT WOUL BE HORABLE!!!! Besides, have you seen Shamalan's movies? Serious as hell. Although it would be funny to see the guy who plays Sokka "Jasper from twilight" Drink the cactis juce! He he! High Sokka!!!! *Peter laugh*
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i just have this crazy feeling that the movie will turn out just like the ember island players episode
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I don't know...it's weird when cartoons are converted to live-action. I'm still gonna go see it, but I usually don't like that. And this guy's movies have been declining lately. Lady In the Water must be among the top 3 worst movies I've ever seen. I couldn't stop laughing all through it at how ridiculous it was. It was fun, though :)
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fist of all i just wana say ima big fan of avatar!! i want them to make anther series!! but anyway i heard their making a movie and i really want to try out for the part of katara i think i would be perfect! :) if anyone knows how to audition please help. and for all you people who are worried abot the special effects-stop. haven't you ever seen the chronicals of narnia and those animals? and the bending shouldn't be a problem with special effects. look at how they did human torch.plus theres more so don't worry.....
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by the way i do kung fu and i do sword fighting and i do gymnastics so i have all the qulifications!
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hi my name is Chris Monique Clarici i am trying out for a part in this movie (avatar0 and there is a 99% chance that i will get in because i no the director and property manager! so i would just like to know who you think i should be. i have blond hair and i am 13.
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I think make this show a live action movie it would be hard because of the bending FX i think the fire bending moves it could make like Pyro on X-Men Earth... a little bit difficult anyway the first movie i think its based on Book One: Water so the only problem they have until now i think its water bending Fire bending its the same as X-Man character Pyro but a little bit better...

I dont know very hard to see the live action movie works im looking foward Dragonball now and... mmm... wait and see :):)
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I'm worried about how the movie will turn out. I don't really think Shyamalan can pull it off. And the fact it's live-action, which is the same reason I'm not looking forward to the Dragonball movie.
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oops... sorry guys, i should probably read the info about the topic first before i start complaining and asking already answered questions..... so... hes making it to be a trilogy??? eh....... that sort of explains things now......



soz:(
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the only thing im trying to figure out is..... how is it even possible to produce what will probably be only a 2hour movie that is based on a tv series that has more than..... hmm, i dont really know how many episodes there are, but im pretty sure that all the episodes together go well over 2 hours......... of course, this is assuming that the movie will actually follow the tv series from start to finish... My guess is that it will follow the story, as a previous comment stated that the movies storyline starts off with a an airbending avatar who then vanishes........... but anyway, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE!!??!!??
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This makes me nervous because not only does that bring up images of cosplaying which, while cool and fun, isn't exactly attractive but also because M. Night Shalaman has been getting worse and worse as time goes on. Also: how the freak do you make a quality movie from an animated show? Only thing that I can think of that would be a plus would be that it's probably going to be PG-13, which might open us up to new horizons in content. But NO WAY. Just bring the series back.
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what i want to know is if all the actors are going to be caucasian or not since the Avatar world is Asian Influenced
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Idk how well this movie is gonna come out .. i mean most of the stuff in the show is only possible BECUASE its animation... but to actually make it with ppl.. its gonna be a challenge i rather another seaons though =(
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BUT REALLY TELL OR HELP ME WHERE WE AUDITION! do we just send in an applacation or acually audition?
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But i dont get how they are going to make most of the stuff in avatar. theres appa, momo, a platapus bear, 4 armed penguins, icebergs, avatar in iceberg, ALL THE BENDING... i mean.. how are they going to move water and earth.. and then produce fire? but either way, id still want to be in it. this is probably why its going to take so long in making it.
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okay.. but how do you audition to be in the movie? because you dont need acting experience..and i'd want to be in this movie. even an extra! at least i'd be in a movie...
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alright my opinion is that if there gonna make an avatar movie keep it animated i mean i love avatar and all but making it real life is just gay Even if they make it real life they better have a good director and good actors. how there gonna make appa and mo mo is way beyond me.
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thgurl2118, they just started giving out information for auditions, actually. If you look on the forums, you can find an official board for the Movie and news about it. The first page will contain the information you need to audition.
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Doing a movie is a good idea but I preffer if they did another season. I hope making the movie live action doesn't ruin it like in most movies. They should just do it animated.
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did they already finish auditions?
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It could be great if they have the special effects. We need someone like Steven Speilberg to make this movie!
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A movie sounds ok but I would much prefer a season 4 to avatar it would be much nicer so there could be a little better closure where a movie will just ruin it just like the street fighter movie and the dragon ball Z movies that are coming out, @_@
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Great!!! Just What I Was Hoping For!! I Hope The Movie Is As Good As The Cartoons/American Anime. Hope They Use Pretty Female Actresses, Hope The Real Actors Look Like The Cartoon Versions, I Cant Wait For It!! Super Cool. The Ending Of The Movie Was Fine Why, Mai Ended Up Happy And So Did Zuko And The Next Avatar Cycle Is: Water Wich Means Katara's And Aang's Offspring Will Be An Avatar. So The Best Ending I've Seen Was This One. They Should Make The Kyoshi Warriors Good Looking In The Movie, Use Hot Actresses.
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Yes! I hope they stay true to the vision that brought avatar to fame. However it would be totally awesome if they had a directors cut and a different path version with the katang and zoco katara thing the writers/produces did it for some christie series it also brings in more more money for the company maybe that will in couage them to do so along with a petition from all the fans
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for the movie i hope they mix it up where Katara ends up with Suko instead of Ang because for me that just ruined the whole show all together
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We have to agree with "DKazumi" on this matter of a live action version of Avatar: The Last Airbender. End it while its still good, as the only reason to make a live action version of this is to seek a larger audience and market beyond the existing one, just for the sake of financial gain.



And James Camerons movie called Avatar, seems to me originates from some or many japanese anime and manga. Furture + War + Giant Mecha Robots? What does that sounds like to you eh? Again here im not anticipating anything major in originality here or much at all here. Something else im sure not to be impressed by is the live action version of the "Dragon Ball" movie. More disappointment is upon us.
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Quite honestly they should have gotten Ang Lee Director of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon for the Avatar Movie. Ang Lee has experience with these kind of movies, M. Night has no experience and his movies are just horrible. Already the live action movie in itself is going to be a challenge but with M. it's assuredly going to flop. This movie doesn't need any twists, invisible monsters, or some big movie where you see the antagonist for less than 10 min. Get someone who is familiar with this kind of storyline or wait until you find someone, don't grab the first guy to say yes. Or better yet one of the directors of Doctor Who would be a fantastic choice, maybe not with martial arts but they've got an amazing team of directors with brilliant ideas. When I heard it was going to be M. Night I was obviously irritated, it's going to be a big project and the best they found was him? ...How hard did they look?
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Man I'm so siked about this movie M. Night Shyamalan is a great producer, I liked two of his movies. They were Lady in the Water and another movie I can't think of.
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id,LOVE,to,see,the,live,action,avatar,muvie!!!!!!i,hope,princess,azula,is,played,by,a,pretty,actress,lke,me!!!!!!!
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boo boo!!!! M. Night Shyamalan a crackpot he suck, make it a cartoon or have the dude who did lron man M. Night Shyamalan suck every movie he made is boring if he makes it they might stop the come on
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woah, what would happen if they made an Avatar MUSICAL. sweet. it makes me laugh just thinking about it.
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when the 2nd season started, I thought it would be cool if they made a live action movie 4 each of the seasons(i didn't know how many there were gonna b @ that point) but I figured there'd b 3 or 4. I always wished they would do that & I could be Katara. too bad I'm so white I glow in the dark. Not. Kidding.
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hopfuly this movie is a big success. Can't wait!
Even if it isn't i will watch it anyways :)
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I just can't imagine how the water being bended...

I think the movie will be big cartoon movie.. You know what I mean..?

Guess not all cartoon can be converted to live action movie...

Well, but let them try...?

Bcoz they're also trying to make it the best, aren't they..? :)
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Why do they have to go and spoil it by making a movie can they not just bring out a season 4
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i hope he isnt going to spoil avatar, its my favorite program on tv.
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dam, i wonder how shamalan is gonna make avatar scary!! i just hope they keep the same voice actors and actresses.
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Ughh. Looks awful.
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this movie sounds great, but it could very easily be ruined... and thats the last thing this show needs. nick is already not airing the new episodes in america so lets hope 2010 brings an awsome movie!!!!
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Let's face it, M.Night is directing it, so it's got something good going for it. So long as he doesn't go off into his own little world, I'll be fine. However, we all know, if he screws this up, there WILL be an army of Avatards at his front door.
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I just hope they don't ruin the awesomeness of Avatar... And I hope that the CGI isn't cheesy either. Have to make it authentic or else it's just another "Spy Kids"-type movie... Blech. >
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i am a crazy fan of avatar!! i just love the show! half of my class love the show! we cnt stop talking about it and playing! i would want to be and earth bender! but my friends say that i look more of the fire nation! anyway.. i am sucha crazy fan of this show. i hate the fact that their making a movie out of it.. especially making the movie not cartoon!?!?!? and plus the story is ssoooooo long and complicated and their gonna shorten the book 1, 2 and 3? isnt that dumb?! am sorry but am just saying my opinion, i just think that its a dumb idea.

although it would be an awesome idea if the movie would be a different story from the series.
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zachaeous, that link you provided is for the other sci-fi film directed by James Cameron also titled "Avatar" and has nothing to do with Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nick and Fox are currently trying to sort out issues with the title...
Meanwhile, yeah, I also heard rumours about Nguyen and Brent. Nguyen is 17-years-old and he stars in a film "The Black Balloon" which should be released in Australia on March 06 (2008). Here's his pic I think (http://www.buddytv.com/articles/avatar-the...2.aspx#comments) Yeah I also think he's a bit old too but then again, if they changed Aang's age from 12 to 16-17, that'll solve the problem of actors growing too old to play the whole trilogy, won't it? Since all three seasons - thus, all three films are supposed to take place within a year? I don't know much about Nguyen's acting skills so I guess we'll have to see with Black Balloon. But if he's Australian, he's got to be good. XD
Don't anything about Brent. XD
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Go to IMDB.com and search for the word avatar. a Movie is in production now to be released in 2009. It has nothing to d the with cartoon.I think this will be different from the one M.Night.Shamalan is producing.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499549/synopsis
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Alaska?Well, I guess that's for the Southern Water Tribe.

Er... I've never heard of the Nguyen or Brent guy.
-shrugs-
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I've heard that they are starting the shooting on August this year, and it's going to be in ALASKA..



I also heard that they have casted two of the main characters: Aang; Jonathan Nguyen, Australian actor

Sokka; Ether Brent, Greek Actor.



I cite this from http://www.mnightfans.com/, the site for Shyamalan Fansite. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS HASN'T BEEN ANNOUNCED FORMALLY BY THE PRODUCERS THEMSELVES, so there is still chance that they are not really the casts.



Anyway, since my movie science isn't that good, does anybody knows this Nguyen and Brent guy?
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It's a great idea making this one to real action movie, I wonder why no directors thought about this before. Maybe the reason was: the typical failing of animation movies made into real action one.



I don't know how it'll be, but I want this movie doesn't look like typical action movies where there's gonna be a lot of CGs and special effects...it would ruin the whole impression of Avatar...



Maybe make it more historical-like, but with the even portion of emnotions, just like the relationships of the characters in the cartoon.



Oh well.good or not, This is definitely a must-be-watched movie in my agenda.
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