Avatar to be live-action movie

with an impressive director at the helm:

M. Night Shyamalan is making a rare foray into family films with a feature based on a popular animated series on the Nickelodeon kids cable channel.

“Avatar: The Last Airbender,” a series influenced by Asian art, mythology and fighting styles, has attracted an audience beyond Nickelodeon’s usual 6-11 demographic.

Shyamalan will write, direct and produce the live-action adaptation for Paramount Pictures’ MTV Films and Nick Movies. They hope it will turn into a three-picture series with Shyamalan’s continuing involvement.

The project marks the first time that Shyamalan, who is known for crafting original screenplays, will direct material he didn’t create. His last children’s film was 1999′s “Stuart Little,” which he co-wrote.

Shyamalan co-wrote Stuart Little? How did I not know that? And here I was thinking he was the perfect choice because he’ll keep it dark and creepy, but apparently he can keep it dark and creepy and silly and kid-friendly, if needed. Bonus!

Is it wrong of me to hope that an Avatar movie brings us some additional Avatar merchandise? My son wants all manner of obscure items he’s seen on the TV show, most of which don’t actually exist as toys. (I don’t dare show him that Lego is now making Avatar sets….)

Sorry, I got off on my own little tangent there. Ahem. Anyway! The course of the true Avatar ne’er did run smooth, it appears:

Because James Cameron also is about to film a new project titled “Avatar,” the films could end up in a showdown over their titles. Cameron’s camp said he began his “Avatar” screenplay 12 years ago. Both camps say they have registered the title with the Motion Picture Assn. of America.

How does something like that get resolved, anyway? Is there some approved method of film association smackdown where the creative teams go head-to-head to determine who gets to own the title? What else could you call this movie, anyway? Aang: The Last Airbender could work, maybe, but rabid fans everywhere would complain, I’m sure. Me, I don’t care what they call it.

I just want to see what sort of effects they’ll use to make a realistic, live-action Appa. (And maybe a small part of me wants to see some bald kid tattooed with a glowing arrow on his head, too. Don’t judge me.)

Be sure to visit the Avatar Store for cool Avatar gear!

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65 thoughts on “Avatar to be live-action movie

  1. Fire Nation people don’t look asian, but the people who keep saying “Katara looks indian” why don’t you look at her, then look at the guru, then try and tell me she looks indian, Air nomads are monks, so the actor should at least come from that area, doesn’t have to be a real monk, lol, the fire nation people, yeah sure whatever cast caucasian people, water tribe should be inuits cus thats what that tribe is based upon and earth kingdom people should be chinese.
    culture plays a large part in Avatar and its not something you want to mess up.
    if I sound racist or something to someone, that wasn’t my intention, I’m just saying that casting the wrong people could spoil the movie and the directors need to think about race.

  2. yesterday I was watching avatar and I wondered “I wonder if they’re making a live movie sometime” so after the show I looked it up. and oddly enough it’s happening right now, weather that’s the filming, casting or rehearsing, I don’t know. but I’m thriving for the part of Katara.

    So far they’ve listed names of the other main characters, but not Katara.

    so ladies, I think we have a chance!

    I have native Indian roots, I’m tan, 5’5 have long dark brown hair, 15, I’ve trained in martial arts, yoga and plays.

    so given the chance, I’d love to audition!. but I have no idea how. I don’t have an agent (never really thought about getting one) I could make a video, but where do I send it?

    please please please tell me that threes still a way!

    does anybody know where or how I could audition?


  3. oh, em, gee. I’d love to even be cast as an extra! Some random stranger with out a speaking part who happens to be in the background! I’d be in the most awesome movie ever!!

  4. Ah, what bittersweet news. It is great that avatar is going to be a movie (even if Live action) but I know movies that ruin the books/shows.

    1. The Neverending Dream movies
    2. (sorry about this, but I thought this was kinda… bad too) Harry Potter 1 (don’t kill me! I love the books to death as well!)
    3.(I love this book, but the movie was cheesy) The Thief Lord
    4. Eragon

    I just hope it isn’t butchered!

  5. (hey asia, you sound perfect for Katara’s part btw! Good luck! I’m voting for you! :] )

  6. You do sound perfect for Katara, Asia! Haha.

    All of you are right- this could be amazing or it could be horrible, depending on who they cast/effects they use/ect. I just hope the fighting scenes are as cool as they are in the cartoon series and it doesn’t look all cheezy.
    And the people that are talking about how important culture is are right too. I really, really hope they don’t mess it up. I think we’ve all seen that too many times.

    & Yeah, if anyone knows where to audition that would be awesome if you could post it here. (:

  7. Where could you send your tapes to audition?

    And is it too late?

    I would make a positively lovely Suki [hoping I don\'t sound vein].

    And Asia, I hope you get a chance to role as Katara.
    That\’s about exactly how I imagine her =]

  8. Whoa i just found out about th eAvatar movie from the comiccon and if i could audition i have katara in the bag. Im half black and half white so her skin complection i have. I have green eyes which is weird for being half black, but katara has those features except her eyes are blue. im 14, My great grandma is cherokee indian and i have those high cheek bones. I love pretending to be a water bender. lastly i have dark an dlightish brown curly hair. Does anyone know where the auditions are or have any idea where they could be.


    Alright, you guys, I don’t know if this is true or not, but it’s worth giving a shot, right? Read the following:

    For all you eager Avatar fans, vital casting news has already been published for its Movie adaptation for 2010. Audtions MUST be sent to Kevin Huvane of Creative Artists Agency via e-mail. This is the e-mail for enquires: creativeartistagency@hotmail.com All actors of all ethnicities and backgrounds including prospective international actors/actresses are invited to participate. There are NO Open Casting Calls! Spread the Good News around.

    –I found this from a Kataang Forum. Source is right here:

    Good luck, everyone!!

  10. Agh, this is horrible, there is no way they can condense such a huge complex story into a single movie. Sure the effects would be cool to watch, but the actual story, they won’t be able to compare to. I hated it when Harry Potter came out, it cut sooo much out, or a series of unfortunate events, I guess if they have each movie one book at a time it wouldn’t be so bad… But there’d still be soooooooo much missing!

  11. well first it’s a trilogy second i think a black person could play katara depending on their skin color and I think if They try hard they can pull it off I would love to play the part of katara but im kind of overweight im trying to lose weight and im going to see if i can get an agent cuz i love to act like katara itz probably gonna take me a few months but i will pull through never give up on your dreams you never know Ive alwayz wanted to make it into a live action movie that would be like the next Harry Potter cuz i love it so much so im gonna try