Avatar Creators Praise Night

The creators of Nickelodeon’s animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender told SCI FI Wire that they are thrilled that The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan will adapt their series into a live-action feature film.

“We are thrilled that there is going to be a feature film of Avatar and that M. Night Shyamalan is writing, producing and directing it,” co-creator Mike DiMartino said in an interview. “Personally, I can’t wait to see Appa fly!” DiMartino referred to the bison that the lead character, a 12-year-old boy named Aang, rides in the series. (The first season and the first part of the second series have just been released on DVD.)

In Avatar, Aang and a select group of kids have learned to control the elements of water, air, fire and earth and find themselves in a battle with the inhabitants of the Fire Nation. The kids are accompanied by odd creatures and pets.

“Yeah, maybe I will get to hang out with Momo for real now!” added co-creator Bryan Konietzko about a comical flying lemur. “The movie is in the earliest stages, so it is too soon to comment on exactly what we will be doing. However, Mike and I have met with Night and, on top of really admiring his craft, he is a great guy who really respects the material. It means a lot to us that he personally chose to do this project, and we look forward to helping him in any way.”

Source: Mike Szymanski of SCI FI Wire


  1. That's amazing to hear! I'm glad people are starting to realize how much of a genius he can be! I think these next couple of movies will bring Night back up. I can't wait!

  2. well someone deleted my last comment on here.

    i think that night will do great with the series. and im glad that the creators are on his side.

  3. That was me.. sorry. I was trying to fix an error, and thought that was the cause. Turned out that it wasn't, but I couldn't get it back.

  4. yay. that's pretty cool. and one he personally chose. i might be in the minority here, but i actually can't wait for this to get finished. 🙂

  5. Yeah, I'm right there with ya Maya. I've fallen in love with the show and it's characters. If Night gets a $100,000,000+ budget, a world-class effects supervisor, and producers experienced in large fantasy blockbusters, this thing is going to be brilliant!!!

    I am hoping that Night partners up with someone like Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, or Spielberg to produce. If Night treats this like Peter Jackson did the LOTR Trilogy, this could be really good.

  6. i was wondering if anyone had any leads on any kinds of auditions or casting calls for the role of aang.

  7. I can't wait until it comes out!! I love Shyamalan, I”m a big fan of his movies!!!! Good luck on the movie.

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