Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Fire nation, meet your greatest enemy--glasses of water!

According to, M. Night Shyamalan has signed a deal with Paramount pictures to write, produce and direct a trilogy of films based on Nickelodeon's popular animated show "Avatar: The Last Airbender." (You can also read about at on Anime News Network and Ain't It Cool News.)

I'm giving you two minutes to get any and all "TWIST ENDING!" jokes out of your system.


Okay, now that you've gotten that out of the way, I'll offer my opinion on it.

I actually like both Shyamalan (I genuinely liked The Village) and Avatar: The Last Airbender (it's not anime, but I like other animation, too, and it's a surprisingly deep show). But the thought of the two together?'s....interesting.

On one hand, if they're really serious about this, it could be an excellent series of films. I generally dislike most show-to-movie translations for cartoons (Powerpuff Girls was dull and Scooby Doo was absolutely hideous), so to have a bit of a change in the norm certainly couldn't hurt any. But Shyamalan? His movies are so....dark and supernatural. Not that there isn't any supernatural themes in Avatar, and the cartoon is pretty dark for a show aimed at children, but it still seems his style doesn't quite mesh with the show.

Still, it'll be interesting to see what happens with the films.

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