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