Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, who worked with Shyamalan on his blockbusters The Sixth Sense and Signs, will join M. Night Shyamalan, Sam Mercer and Scott Aversano as producers for The Last Airbender.
Kennedy and Marshall have had successful careers as producers, having produced blockbusters like the Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park film franchises. Also joining the team as Executive Producers will be Michael DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko, the creators of the popular TV series of which the film based.
“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.