Avatar Movie Without the “Avatar”

Ang Airbender

Audrey and I have been catching up with Avatar on Netflicks. We just finished the second disc of Book 3: Fire and we’ve become big fans. With that in mind, I’m not so sure I want to see a live-action version.

M. Night Shyamalan will direct The Last Airbender set for release on July 2, 2010. Notice that the word “Avatar” has been cut from the title. That’s because James Cameron is directing his own Avatar film which has no relation to the show. The live-action adaptation is planned as a trilogy with the first film dealing with Book One: Water.

I’m iffy on this. Sure, Shyamalan is a big fan of the show. But I’m a bit skeptical. He has yet to demonstrate that he can tell a story straight up letting the characters develop the plot. Avatar is a heavily character driven show and I feel Shyamalan is at times, way too into plot twists and intricate reveals.

My other problem is that it’s difficult for me to imagine actors in the roles of the characters. However, Dante Basco must be cast as Zuko. Must I say! And I think Emmanuelle Chriqui would be perfect for Katara. Mako would have be brilliant as Uncle Iro, but that won’t happen. So let’s play the casting game! Who would you cast as Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toth, Zuko, Azula, or whoever?

[Via Buddy TV]