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M. Night's solved the AVATAR title trouble and set a release date!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. There's been some question from the fan community as to if M. Night Shyamalan will still be doing AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, based on the cartoon, and if he'll have to change his title because of James Cameron's film... The answer is yes. It is now simply THE LAST AIRBENDER and they've also set a release date. It plans on hitting screens Fourth of July weekend 2010. M. Night sure doesn't have good luck with his titles, does he? The press release is below for your reading pleasure:

HOLLYWOOD, CA – April 16, 2008 – Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have greenlit the live-action epic adventure “M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender,” which will launch over the Independence Day weekend in 2010, opening on Friday, July 2, 2010. Shyamalan, the visionary creator of the Oscar®-nominated “The Sixth Sense,” “Signs” and the upcoming “The Happening,” will direct and produce the epic action-adventure based on a script that he penned. Joining him as producers are Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, who produced the blockbuster “Indiana Jones” and “Jurassic Park” film franchises, Sam Mercer (“The Sixth Sense,” “The Happening”) and Scott Aversano (“Failure to Launch,” “The School of Rock”). Michael DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko, the creators of the popular TV series, “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” that inspired the film, will serve as executive producers. “I was drawn to the series because of its influences: one being Hayao Miyazaki, said Shyamalan. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Miyazaki’s work. He is one of the greatest storytellers in the world and makes anime films in Japan. His combination of spirituality and super natural elements have brought depth and meaning to his art form. In “The Last Airbender,’ I see an opportunity to make a live-action version of a Miyazaki film.” “We're delighted to be partnering with Nickelodeon to bring M. Night Shyamalan's vision of “The Last Airbender” to the big screen and to audiences of all ages,” said John Lesher, President, Paramount Film Group. “M. Night Shyamalan’s exciting vision for a film with the potential of ‘The Last Airbender,’ is another perfect fit for the Fourth of July holiday weekend that we have used to launch such blockbusters as ‘War of the Worlds’ and ‘Transformers,’” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman, Paramount Pictures. Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film is set in a world where human civilization is divided into four nations: Water, Earth, Air and Fire. The Fire Nation is waging a ruthless, oppressive war against the other three nations. The film’s hero, the reluctant young Aang, is the “Last Airbender” - the Avatar who, according to prophecy, has the ability to manipulate all of the elements and bring all the nations together. Aided by a protective teenage Waterbender named Katara and her bull-headed brother Sokka, Aang proceeds on a perilous journey to restore balance to their war-torn world. "M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender” promises to be a summer movie for the ages, combining the imagination and visual canvas of the “Lord of the Rings” saga with the action and spectacle of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

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  • April 16, 2008, 2:25 p.m. CST

    The Last Gurbinder

    by Bobo_Vision

    Starring Gurbinder Singh, M. Night's uncle.

  • April 16, 2008, 2:25 p.m. CST

    The one before



  • April 16, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    what a twist!!

    by McDee

  • April 16, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    But there'll be a twist....

    by Yeti

    they're really just charecters in a Saturday morning cartoon. Shocker!

  • April 16, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    You lost me at Nickelodeon

    by tylerzero

  • April 16, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Will there be an animated Shyamalan cameo?

    by Baron Karza

    That is annoying.

  • April 16, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Like Miyazaki eh?

    by Johnno

    If you want to be like Miyazaki then get American studios to start creating awesome animated 2D films... You know, something that isn't a sequel of a previous Disney film or a version of a fairy tale... Will there ever be an American equivalent for Princess Mononoke?

  • April 16, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    My bro and nephew love this show

    by Norm Cascade

    And I'm ready to like M. Night again. So far, so good.

  • April 16, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Sounds GREAT

    by Sithdan

    I'm not familiar with the cartoon, but this movie sounds intriguing.

  • April 16, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    The Law of Diminishing Returns...

    by BiggusDickus M. Night Shamalamadingdong.<p>Each new movie is exactly half as good as his previous one until, twenty movies from now, M. Night finally becomes McG.

  • April 16, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    SUCH a good show!

    by TheKappa

    Avatar is one of the best shows on television! (It's the show that gets me through each Lost hiatus)... It's got everything- action, comedy, romance... Each character is masterfully crafted, the story is amazing and the pacing is top notch. Those who pass this show by because it's a Nickelodeon cartoon are really missing out. <br> Additionally, while I'm not a huge fan of M. Night, he is a huge fan of this series. I legitimately think that he's going to do his damndest to do "The Last Airbender" justice. Here's hoping...

  • April 16, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST



    That is all.

  • April 16, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    It's Not Pointless!!!

    by KosherWookie

    After a pretty good start, M. Night has pissed moviegoers off more and more with each successive flick. I barely got through SIGNS, and after The Village I wanted to hunt the little fucker down and kick him square in the nuts and get my money back. Didn't even go to see Lady In The Water; bought it as a previously-viewed rental dvd so he wouldn't make a penny off of me.

  • April 16, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    It's not pointless! There is a point to the hate...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...namely that he's a one-trick pony, we're all very tired of it and he really ought to go away now.<p>Still, there are obviously a few fans of the overly-twisty-turny-for-no-apparent-reason genre left out there.<p>I see dumb people...

  • April 16, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST


    by DaBUU

    M. Night Shamalamadingdong movie! greeeaaaatttt

  • April 16, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Good cartoon

    by krushjudgement

    And I dig M. Night. I've enjoyed EVERY single one of his movies. Let the profanity commence...

  • April 16, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Not seen it yet, brother...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...although I do indeed like the odd Coen film, with Miller's Crossing and Big Lebowski being particular faves<p>Cool name, btw!

  • April 16, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    No Country...

    by DaBUU

    was way overrated. M Night also way overrated

  • April 16, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I take that back

    by DaBUU

    M Night isnt overrated. Hes just hit and miss. Good is great, while bad is rea

  • April 16, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I take that back

    by DaBUU

    M Night isnt overrated. Hes just hit and miss. Good is great, while bad is rea

  • April 16, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    *real bad

    by DaBUU

  • April 16, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by DaBUU

    dude Im with you. Thank god i found someone to agree with me.

  • April 16, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Ya know his last movie didn't have a twist ending

    by Reel American Hero

    Lady In The Water (which wasn't nearly as bad as everyone said it was...probably just got hate cause of who directed it and how he came up with the movie to begin with) So I think his twisting days are behind him. I'm expecting a pretty faithful adaptation of the (better than it deserves to be being on nickelodeon not in the 80's/early '90s) pseudo anime series.

  • April 16, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    The Miyazaki comparison is wrong on .....

    by Aloy

    so many levels. Why use someone else's work instead of his if that's the case? <p>Why does he think Miyazaki's artistic genius would translate well to live action anyway? I might trust Miyazaki to try this but not anyone else.</p>

  • April 16, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    Your taste is in your mouth. If you can't get No Country, you're in trouble. No offense - it's just a fact.

  • April 16, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    I see you liked Lady In The Water... All is becoming clear.

  • April 16, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    Re: "I have never been more bored in a movie loved by so many."<p>Being a Brit and used to our so-called cinema industry loudly championing every new British movie as the best thing ever, I know EXACTLY where you're coming from with this:<p> The English Patient, Chariots of Fire, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Remains of the Day, Mr. Fucking Bean - have all bored me to fucking tears over the years.<p>Thank God for Harry Potter, it's the only thing keeping our indutry in work!

  • April 16, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I'm not even a real fan of the Coens

    by Mattyboy122

    And I thought 'No Country' was pretty great. I've seen 4 of the Best Picture nominees (still need to see Juno) and to me, 'No Country' was the best of the bunch. 'Jesse James' deserved a nod, though.

  • April 16, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I'm VERY curious...

    by The Bandit

    to see how this turns out. All the planets and stars are going to have to line up for this to work. I LOVE ATLAB (and I dont think the general public is so retarded as to confuse the two movies with Avatar in the title but whatever) and I've always known that they could make an amazing series of films, again, only if all the right things happen. Tone, look, and esp. the kids just to name a few. The potential for this in the right hands would be insane. I'm not a big M.Night hater like most on here, but I'm not sold on him helming this series. GDT is the go-to-person these days that we geeks piss and moan about and say should direct whatever the current "could-be-great-if-only" movie is being discussed, BUT I really think he'd be a great fit for this universe. Oh well. I'm not saying M.Night will do a shit job, I just hope its all it should and can be. The key thing is the kids. The Potter films are a success b/c they nailed the casting for the kids. ATLAB needs that, b/c if the kids are wrong none of the other shit matters.

  • April 16, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    The scariest part?

    by Dr.Venkman

    “M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender”- calling it that is scary. I haven't seen the series this "film" is based on and I am one of those that think M. Night is overrated - but for those of you with any stake in this project, I'd be wary of Night's "reimagining" of the source material. Prepare for a film that is molasses-speed paced and done all in master shots!

  • April 16, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    I thought

    by Mattyboy122

    The performances were, for the most part, fantastic. For me, Bardem sort of had the opposite trajectory. He started out like a caricature (the look on his face as he strangles the guy with the handcuffs is a little much, I think), but after that he became a much more natural presence (in my eyes, at least). Brolin and Jones were fantastic, I felt. What's more, the film is consistently pushing you forward with a great sense of pacing (at least I thought so). I liked that the film is about ideas (fate, chance, escalation of violence, etc) but integrates them into a story pretty flawlessly (although I think the coin tossing, while a good metaphor, seems too Two Face-like for me to take it all that seriously). I donno. I just dug the flick, I guess. Also thought Zodiac deserved a Best Picture nod.

  • April 16, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    "That's the last air, Bender!"

    by Ravetin

    Said Fry.

  • April 16, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Avatar: The Lost Airbender Rules

    by KewlKR

    Avatar is to Nickelodeon as Battlestar Galactica is to SciFi. Definitely looking forward to this.

  • April 16, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by vaterite

    Why not call it Aang: The Last Airbender? Too few syllables? Most of this movie's success will depend on casting the children, and there M Night's got a pretty fair track record. I just hope, it doesn't lose something in translation. One of the things I love about the series is all the attention paid to little nuances of character development, but who knows if there'll be time to develop all the main characters (at least five kids, not counting the extended member's of Zuko's family) or if like the Next Generation movies it will turn into the Picard and Data show. Still, I look forward to seeing how M will shoot martial arts action sequences, that's definitely new territory for him.

  • April 16, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    THE LAST...

    by DrManhattansUnit

    whatever. How I despise the tiresome use of "The Last..." to prefix the titles and subtitles of books, movies, cartoons, whatever. Can we call a moratorium? Noble Exception: The Last Starfighter

  • April 16, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    "Mr. Airbender has taken it upon himself to go to the gymnasium.

    by amrisharmpit

    I'm sorry to say you're going to be WITHOUT his services for the rest of the afternoon.

  • April 16, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    M. Night

    by Toonol

    I'm a fan. Village and Lady in the Water were disappointing, mainly due to the story, but were still far more interesting than the vast majority of Hollywood schlock. The guy can film a sense of tension as well as anybody in the business.<p> And the cartoon Avatar is pretty good. I'm hoping that Night's direction mixed with somebody else's setting and story will work well together.

  • April 16, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Can't forget about The Last Dragon either

    by Reel American Hero

    Who's the baddest? Sho Nuff!

  • April 16, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    I agree: sounds stupid.

    by PirateEmery

    The part about him being the Last Airbender has nothing to do with the overall plot. What's important is that he's the Avatar.<p> How can someone copyright a WORD? It's a word with a definition. You can't just say, "Hey, I've been making a movie called Avatar for the past thirteen years, and I don't want you to use that word. It hurts my feelings."<p> Grow a pair, Cameron.

  • April 16, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST

    M. Night directs another...

    by poeticwarriorII

    overrated 2000 lb. bomb. Someone deport this fucker, will ya?

  • April 16, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    The Last Gender Bender

    by Ray Gamma

    The Last StarBiter. Defend your planet against Xur and the Chowdown Armada.

  • April 16, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    So when one can bend air...

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    What does that accomplish, exactly? That's what's been bothering me about all this the most.

  • April 16, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    M Night will just

    by D o o d

    destroy this project. I'll watch Camerons Avatar and give the Sham-Hacks film a miss..!

  • April 16, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    the last airbender before

    by alice 13


  • April 16, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Why M. Night?

    by Violator90

    Out of so many people in Hollywood, why him? And its going to be called just THE LAST AIRBENDER? WTF?!?! Its called the AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, now if you can't get the name rights then don't do it at all. This is only one of a few cartoons that I really enjoy. It really don't sugar coat the reality of life for kids to see and I love that shit. But not able to call it by its proper name, and on top of that its Shymalan! His track record of recent movies is not that hot either. Symalan, be a man and say, "FUCK CAMERON! The movie is called AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER." You do that I will have hope in this movie. And I hope to (insert deity here) that they at least use a diverse cast! I'M TIRED OF SEEING WHITE PEOPLE! The world is full of many ethnisities. USE THEM! But as for now. I have no interest. And you suck dick Nickelodeon for not fighting for you property!

  • April 16, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    'The Last Airbiscuit!'


    I aint asking for a ticket to see that!<P>Just call it something else! nothing could be un-cooler than that title!<P>Airbender!? WTF!!!

  • April 16, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Re: Violator90

    by Cobbio

    It's not up to M. Night to decide what his film is called in this case. It's up to the courts, intellectal property lawyers, and behind-the-scenes corporate hatchet men. Cameron got dibs on "Avatar" (thank god!) for a number of reasons, thus "Avatar" is now NOT available for use in any way to M. Night. You might not like it, Violator90, but "The Last Airbender" is all we're going to get.<p> I've seen Nickolodeon's cartoon a few times with my nephews and enjoyed it. The animation is great for a tv show, the storylines are intense, and the action, when it happens, is explosive. That said, I'm one of those people who thinks M. Night is exactly the wrong person to direct this. He's a talented director for one trick pony movies, I'll give him that, but he's shown me nothing since "Unbreakable," and even that film was marginal. I give him credit for the multiple duties he performs making his own films, but I don't like his style or inability to create memorable characters. He's paper thin all the way.<p> But maybe I'll be surprised by his take on "The Last Airbender." I really hope so.

  • April 16, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    I like M. Night...

    by Mattyboy122

    I haven't seen Unbreakable or Lady in the Water. I liked The Sixth Sense well enough and I thought Signs could have been amazing if it ended more strongly. The Village is... meh. The guy has an eye, though. He ought to either collaborate on his writing or try something that isn't so sci-fi/fantastical. That said, The Happening looks like it could be good. As for this Avatar show, I've never seen it. Don't really know why M. Night wants to do it (I think he said he watched it with his kids and got hooked), but whatever.

  • April 16, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    "one being Hayao Miyazaki, said Shyamalan."

    by TheNorthlander

    I tripped on my tounge and fell.

  • April 16, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Rename it American Bender

    by performingmonkey

    And give us a live-action Bender, NOT CGI, a fully working practical effects Bender (with a dude inside, of course). Just make a fucking live-action Futurama movie.

  • April 16, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST

    good news! so where to find a live flying bison?

    by pipergates

    one of the best animated series ever...You got one hell of a potential movie here, M.Night!

  • April 16, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST


    by Pariah74

    I like him too and Unbreakable is my favorite. I think a lot of people over look the subtle ways he framed Willis throughout that film. More often than not Willis is surrounded by rectangles or squares to make him look like he's in a comic book panel. There's quite a bit of subtlety in that movie that I think some people miss. M. Night gets a lot of slack for having a couple what? How often do we hear about movies like Marnie, The Manxman, or Under Capricorn? Hitchcock bombed all the time but when he hit it he hit it well...just like I think will be M. Night's future. Most nose-pickers out there think Tarantino is a great director, so what do the masses know?

  • April 16, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I like M. Night too...

    by EvilGeek1

    But I'm sick of prophecy movies! Everything since the goddamm matrix, and even well before it, has had a fucking prophecy in it. Jesus, it's like a fail-safe for these guys. "Em, they're saying the scripts a bit weak". "Fuck it, throw in a prophecy. Let's break down the barriers". Fuck!

  • April 16, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    If you're going to use Bender

    by The Winged Doucheman

    You have to include Flexo

  • April 16, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Never seen the cartoon,

    by Dingbatty

    so I'm not passing judgement, but "airbender" sounds like "airbiscuit."

  • April 16, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    I almost wish we could close this Talkback

    by dr sauch

    so as not to let M. Night, an insanely brilliant director, see all of the negative feedback this will get. I, for one, cannot wait for this. I like Avatar, and I love M. Night. Start the Hate!

  • April 16, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Avatar : The Last Airbender

    by I am the most horrible one of my favorite shows. It's epic and deep. If you're not watching it, you're missing the boat. Uncle Iroh is the best. I am nervous this movie might eff with a good thing. I am hoping not.

  • April 16, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    What a Twist!

    by pokadoo

  • April 16, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Before the air benders we had straight air.

    by Damien Chowder

    The crops didn't grow properly and shit. Bendy air is important.

  • April 16, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Kiss my shiny metal...

    by tough_times

    you know the rest.

  • April 16, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    NO!!! Keep the Avatar title!!!

    by Drath

    Cameron wastes 11 fucking years, and finally now makes a movie that's gonna cause confusion with titles? FUCK to that! I don't care what title he thinks he owns, Avatar can be used for more than one movie and the Avatar TV show has earned the right to it. I'm sure they can all share.

  • April 16, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST

    This show is great. It's funny, has good action, and a great sto

    by happybunni

    Some very sad turns, some deaths, alot of humor and cuteness. The show is actually my favorite animated show. Can't stand the new Transformers (They don't have weapons, super lame), and Justice League is a bit too safe for me.

  • April 16, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Both titles suck

    by Bobo_Vision

    Seriously, if they were to keep the Avatar title, the movie would only come to be known as the lesser "Avatar" film, not to be confused with Cameron's brilliant masterpiece which will blow peoples' minds. They are doing themselves a favour by dropping the "Avatar". But they need to change this title too. "The Last AirBender" sounds like a movie about guy who creates music with his farts. And he travels across the country to compete to be the best fart musician...or "airbender".

  • April 16, 2008, 8:27 p.m. CST


    by BurgerTime

    He's got big cinematic balls and he's not afriad to swing them. Can't wait to see The Happening. But this just sounds like shite. He should pawn the directing reigns over to a protege for this one and focus on what he does best... Building some of the best fucking tension in modern suspense cinema.

  • April 16, 2008, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Best comb the pediatric cancer wards

    by bat fastard

    Thats where all the bald kids are. Thats where you will find your Avitar

  • April 16, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    I would like to see how Cameron uses...

    by PirateEmery

    ...the word Avatar. In ATLA, the word is integral to the very plot of the show. Aang is the all-powerful Avatar, the only one in the world. With his death comes the next Avatar, then another after that. It's not just a word: it's a title, a term used to describe this elemental phenomenon.<p> Cameron's just a pussy that has his undies in a bunch because it was the working title to a script he came up with in 1995.

  • April 16, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    normally, I hate haters

    by BadMrWonka

    they usually just spew angry rhetoric, without ever really dropping specific problems. when defenders yell, "stop yelling an d hating and give me specific arguments!" I usually go, "yes sir, tell it!" even if it's someone I abhore, like Ratner.<p> but when it comes to M. Night, it is an exception. he should be universally hated. why?<p>BECAUSE HE COULD BE AMAZING AGAIN!! Sixth Sense was a great film. it was a POPULAR film because of the twist, but the twist made it memorable to idiots, not to real moviegoers. great scenes between Willis and Osment, and every scene Toni Collete was in...great lines, I mean it was really a great film. <p<>but M. Night bought into his own hype, and decided he would rather be successful than artistically relevant. so he decided to make a list of the most offensively horrible dreck ever caught on film, all with his trademark twist. and it's EXCRUCIATING!!<p>if he can't get out of his own bubble and let someone else edit his ideas, he will just keep getting worse. and at this point, I will be amazed if he can do worse than lady in the shitter.

  • April 16, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST


    by calnorso

    Your soooo right about all these movies revolving around some mysterious "prophecy", it's getting old. You also can't forget the all important prophecy involves some who is the "Last" of something. But on that, Avatar:The Last Airbender is a brilliant piece of television . The story is epic and beautiful, casting for this is going to be crucial, the last few "epic" movies designed to capitalize on the Harry Potter buzz have all bombed because they were handled poorly and cast even worse. So good luck to you M. Night

  • April 16, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Probably Means "The Happening" Is A Solid Film.

    by georges garvaren

    Good news for me and many more.

  • April 16, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    The greatest animated show of all time.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Fuck you all who say different.

  • April 16, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST

    You go visit John Airbender in five years.

    by Dwide Shrewd

    You'll see how goddamned funny he is.

  • April 16, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Cameron's movie makes much better use of word "AVATAR"...

    by Rindain

    In James Cameron's film, an Avatar is literally someone's Avatar--an alien body into which they project their consciousness and live alternate lives. In Last Airbender, the name "AVATAR is arbitrarily chosen to describe the person who can bend all elements. There is no good reason this person is called an "Avatar".

  • April 16, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Isn't Alan Ruck in the Happening?

    by Flint_Ironstag

    I like Alan Ruck... even though he's old now... and tall... really old and tall... *shivers*

  • April 16, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST

    RE: Cameron's movie makes much better use of word "AVATAR"...

    by Finnyous

    that's not true at all... The show is called avatar because he is a reincarnated being who is born every hundred years to bring balance to the world... and can bend all the elements.

  • April 16, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST

    This might be what M.Night needed.


    I think this will help him get back whatever his suckatude has lost with his recent projects. Having a good solid base and using his creative eye is a good combo. This might turn out good!

  • April 16, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST


    by Rindain

    In Hinduism, an Avatar is an incarnation or embodiment of a divine being. So is the main character in the Airbender show supposed to be a God?

  • April 16, 2008, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by NivekJ

    See? Much better title. It's that simple. Even the UK subtitle is better: The Legend of Aang. WAY BETTER!!

  • April 16, 2008, 11:40 p.m. CST

    use the international title then

    by cloudrider`

    here in asia, the show is called avatar: the legend of aang. erase the word avatar from it, and it still sounds better than the last airbender. <p>lords of the ring meet crouching tiger?? never done before. if anyone's not sold on this, you should go back to your harry potter with its silly wands duels.

  • April 16, 2008, 11:47 p.m. CST

    lord of the rings, i meant.

    by cloudrider`

    as much as i like avatar, i do think the show 'borrows' too much from miyazaki's films. you've seen enough of his films, you can see some of the concepts and creature designs are lifted right out.

  • April 17, 2008, 12:30 a.m. CST

    (quote)"M. Night is gonna kill Cameron in sales"

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • April 17, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST


    by ZarquonSaves

    Yes, the Avatar can be considerd "divine", or at the very least, something from a higher state. He is often referred to as "the bridge between the spirit world and the physical world" Cameron's use is more of the current idea of a representation of someone, like you would use online or in a game -- which is only an adaptation of the earlier meaning. So yes, I would say that "Avatar" is used more literally in A:TLA

  • April 17, 2008, 3:03 a.m. CST

    I like Cameron and M.Night

    by CuervoJones

    No problem.

  • April 17, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Easily the best Animation Series on TV so far..

    by TimMighty


  • April 17, 2008, 3:52 a.m. CST


    by Se7en


  • April 17, 2008, 4:45 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach


  • April 17, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST


    by ranma627

    Kind of sucks that they aren't able to use the name but this movie is going to kill come Summer 2010. It's a fantastic piece of property and hearing that M. Night is getting inspiration from Miyazaki just makes me smile uncontrollably. I love Shymalan, only thing I didn't like of his was Lady in the Water, but The Happening looks great. Also, if you've never seen the series don't knock it. The series is phenomenal and just cause it's on Nickelodeon doesn't mean its only for kids.

  • April 17, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    More scientology crap

    by stamper

    M Night I'm going to wash your brain Lan.

  • April 17, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST

    The Cartoon is great (totally un-nick)

    by P2Rock

    So the project has a heap of potential. Can M-night deliver? I dunno. Just as long as he sticks closely to the source material, it will do fine.

  • April 17, 2008, 7:14 a.m. CST

    More Importantly

    by BeatsMe

    Where the hell is the rest of Season 3? Really is one of the best shows on TV right now.

  • April 17, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST


    by bythehairofsanjaya

    I agree. Avatar is a great cartoon series with totally adult story lines. My wife and I are in our 50s and enjoy the heck out of it. Nick was running 2 or 3 episodes a night and we got hooked. We grew to care about the characters as much as any live TV show, if not more. Again, an EXTREMELY well written and richly developed fantasy series.

  • April 17, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    M. Night: The Last Wind Breaker

    by Lance Rocke


  • April 17, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Pointed Hate...

    by quantize

    really how can ANYONE defend those last few movies...atrocious drivel..

  • April 17, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    What About..From the GENIUS who brought you...

    by quantize

    The Village and Lady In The Water... seems they skipped those...gee i wonder why????

  • April 17, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    M Night

    by D o o d

    I'll give it to the man, Sixth Sense was a great way to introduce himself to the world and I really remember and enjoyed that movie. However, everything he's made since has been absolutely crap. I hate the fact that when you go see his movies, you HAVE to have a TWIST. The guy has ruined his own career.

  • April 17, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Avatar is a great shiw.

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    Possibly the greatest animated shw ever made.

  • April 17, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Watch three episodes..

    by TimMighty a row and you´ll get a Miyazaki feeling. Im speeking of the good ones..not steamboy or something. The good stuff. It is really a great show . <br> M.Knight shouldnt be the problem..the cast..they should get the cast part right. I mean...look at that ridiculous Dragonball Movie pictures...jus´sayin.

  • April 17, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Fucking Nickelodeon won't air last episodes

    by random dude


  • April 17, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Fuck you Shyamalan

    by random dude

    Avatar has nothing to do with Myazaki. Like fucking NOTHING.

  • April 17, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    The last Ironbender is stronger.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • April 17, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Ignoring Night's better films might help argue a point...

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...but "Unbreakable" was a great film. "Signs" was good too, and I personally liked "The Village" a lot. Many people were disappointed because there were no real monsters in "The Village", but thats what I love about that movie. A movie about village elders who create fake monsters to keep a village in fear to supposedly keep them safe - that movie is probably the best political statement about the current administration for the last 7 years. <p> But "Lady in the Water" was crap. Thats okay though, because it was a risky misstep. All great directors have them. People expect more from Night because his first blockbuster (not his first film) was so exceptional, so he's held to a higher standard, but as long as he learns from his mistakes, I'll still be in the theater for his films. He has a great ability to create emotional tension in the simplest of scenes, and that is a true gift. I think that defines his films more than the twist ending.

  • April 17, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by Bobo_Vision

    I may have expected a different type of movie when I watched "Lady in the Water". I heard Night adapted it from a bedtime story he told his kids, so perhaps if I watched it from that point of view, I might like it better. Maybe I'll give it another chance in the future. But when the kid started decoding cereal boxes, I was itching to walk out, and when the giant hawk swooped in at the end, I regretted not doing so.

  • April 17, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    One of the Best Shows

    by tristiac

    It really surprises me that there aren't more Avatar: The Last Airbender fans on AICN. Its one of the best shows on television, with action thats not in the traditional Japanime style, but really very cinematic and easily better than the action in a lot of big budget SciFi. A really epic great storyline too, that has been set out for three seasons and no more. I urge anyone who is not watching to check out the ratings for Avatar on imdb or or the reviews on amazon, and you'll realize what a fantastic show you've been missing. I'm a f an of some of Night's movies and not others, but even if you hate him, you have to admit that the guy has style, and it sounds like he wants to do the series justice, so I'm really looking forward to it. Also, Does anyone know when Avatar is supposed to come back on tv? There are such few episodes left, and no scheduling information.

  • April 17, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Quit bitching about Avatar:TLA...

    by I am the most horrible

    ...until you've seen it. Then I'm confident you'll have nothing to bitch about. It's damn fine storytelling. I flipped past that channel I don't know how many times, addressing that weird-ass 6 legged flying bison with a "feh" each time. Once I gave it a chance I was promptly hooked and now I never miss it. I've been catching the most recent episodes of the third season on Comcast On Demand. <p> Regarding who should best use the title? ATLA without a doubt. I mean, I have a super 8 movie of my "Iron Man" flick I've been working on for 15 years, about a guy really into vitamins and kale, but I don't think I have any great claim to the title. Cameron loses this argument imho.

  • April 17, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Tintin and Gits will won this but still cool

    by Proman1984

    I like they guy

  • April 17, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Whatever happen to

    by Series7

    M. Night Shyamalan's sequel to Wide Awake??? I mean Rosie is so hot right now! Also why doesn't someone just fucking give this guy the rights to either make the piolet and produce a new series of Twilight Zones. Or the rights to a new movie? So then his movies will have The Twlight Zone Presents: Blah Blah, rather then his dumb name. He ain't no Hitchcock either.

  • April 17, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    2 new Avatar episodes aired outside US

    by Billy Goat

    ...Episodes 3.12 and 3.13. (Of course, with my luck, everybody already knows this, and I look stupid.) Check your favorite source of illegal video uploads.

  • April 17, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by Violator90

    Thanks for clearing that up. But still I have to direct my "disappointment" at some one. As for Cameron working on HIS Avatar movie; to be honest, I actually thought it was the Nick Avatar he was working on. I never heard anything about the Avatar he's working on until I read reports on the plot. But if "avatar" is intellectal property then the same could be said about "super" correct? Then why did SUPERBAD use the word super? Since the world at large does connect "super" with the Man of Steel more often. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. The lawyers have the last word, but you still have to wonder if there could have been at least SOME kind of comprimise as to using "avatar." Just saying.

  • April 17, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Question about The Last Airbender show...

    by Rindain

    Is it one of those animes where the characters fight some enemy, lose, train for a few episodes, fight the enemy again, win, fight a stronger enemy, lose, train for a few episodes, etc, etc? (i.e. Naruto, Dragonball Z, etc?) If not I might just give it a watch.

  • April 17, 2008, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Please don't chicken out M.Night, use Avatar in the title.

    by Warcraft

    Screw Cameron. Use Avatar in the title. The show is called Avatar the last airbender, so name the movie that. Don't chicken out M.Night.

  • April 17, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Don't chicken out part 2. Make Cameron pay you for the title usa

    by Warcraft

    If Cameron wants exclusive rights to the word "Avatar" for his film, make him PAY you for it up front, so you can add it to the budget of "The Last Airbender".

  • April 17, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST

    "usa" was supposed to be "usage"...

    by Warcraft my last subject line. ran out of space.

  • April 17, 2008, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by I am the most horrible

    I know exactly what you mean about the run-of-the-mill anime series. There are no badges, gyms, matches, trainers or endless training to go up against the omnipotent alien du jour or bitter nemesis. It's an epic story that surprises me every time and has deep, multidimensional, complex characters that you understand and feel for (even the "bad guys".) <p> I have watched it from the beginning, and really liked it, but around about "Tales of Bah-Sing-Se" I loved it.

  • April 17, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST


    by I am the most horrible

    ...I should say there is some training, ultimately to defeat a bitter nemesis, but it's not along the lines of DRagonball, where you can miss a few weeks and return to find our heroes styill training for that big fight vs. Cell or whoever.<p> It's substantive storytelling. <p> Oh yeah and Mako rocks it.

  • April 17, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    No Country for M. Night Shyamalan!

    by thebearovingian

    Someone had to say it. The universe chose me. Why question the universe? You know not its ways.