From the looks of it M Shaylman takes martial arts a little to the max on this movie, effects are 100% cool but the kid who makes Aang doesn't look like Aang, and he has hair. Yup! A hair-on-the-head kid makes Aang, lets just hope Shaylman makes the right calls. But the movie seems to deliver and not completely suck as many people seem to think that it will.
Having been signed to replace Jesse McCartney in " The Last Airbender ", Dev Patel sits down with MTV to talk about the project from his role as Zuko to him taking over McCartney's part. "I play a character called Zuko who is the Prince of the Fire Nation," he starts off explaining about his character, "and it's good because it's a dark role." "I'm not playing the hero, whereas in 'Slumdog' it was real character acting and performance-oriented," the star of " Slumdog Millionaire " then continues, pointing on the difference between Zuko and Jamal Malik. "This is [as well], but it's much more physical, with martial arts. I'm learning on the job, so this is a great new experience for me." When asked by MTV whether he had "kicked out" McCartney, he is quick to answer, "I didn't. I came on very late, so I didn't hear about the Jesse McCartney thing. In all honesty, I swear." On the occasion, he also reveals that he is very excited to work with " Twilight " actor, Jackson Rathbone, though hasn't met him yet, saying "No, I haven't [met Rathbone yet] because I've been so busy with the press on ['Slumdog']. I'm going to hopefully get down to the training for the martial-arts stuff after this. It's a quick turnaround." A live-action film version of Nickelodeon's animated series of the same name, "The Last Airbender" reportedly is planned to be the first of a three-picture story arc. Directed, produced and penned by "The Sixth Sense" helmer/writer M. Night Shyamalan, it will see Noah Ringer starring as Aang, Dev Patel as Zuko, Nicola Peltz as Katara, Jackson Rathbone as Sokka and Jessica Jade Andres as Suki. Slated for July 2, 2010 release in the U.S., the production is expected to begin in mid-March in Greenland. Source here
Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire has been cast as villain Zuko in M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming 2010 live-action movie The Last Airbender , based on Nick series Avatar: The Last Airbender . McCartney is being replaced due to rumors that he didn't mesh with the cast, though studio Paramount Pictures has also been under fire for casting an all-white cast in a film centering around a story with Asian origins. Filming begins for The Last Airbender this March. Source: EW
Take a look at the behind-the-scene filming of 'Avatar' through the film's first official photo, exposing director James Cameron giving a direction to lead actor Sam Worthington. Read more.
After embarking on a countrywide casting tour, M. Night Shyamalan has found his stars for the the upcoming anime-inspired THE LAST AIRBENDER. Based on the Nickelodeon series " Avatar: The Last Airbender ," the film will star newcomer Noah Ringer, a karate star in Texas with no acting credits to his name, as Aang, the young superhero who must stop the Fire Nation (any relation to the Rhythm Nation?) from destroying the world. Also cast in the film are Jackson Rathbone (TWILIGHT) and Nicola Peltz (DECK THE HALLS) with Jesse McCartney in negotiations to play the film's villain, Zuko (Danny Zuko?). Shyamalan is looking to get production started on the film early in 2009 with a July 2010 release date already set. Paramount is already planning on a trilogy though that could all change depending on the success of the film (Fox was also planning a JUMPER trilogy and, well, that's just not happening). Despite a pretty extensive search on the web, I could find nothing on this Noah Ringer character. Anyone know something? Other than that, I'll trust Shyamalan's eye for kid casting (he did direct Haley Joel Osment to an Oscar nomination)... Source
i can see a sequal animated movie coming out similar to say full metal alchemist, because there are some weird cliff hangers in the ending episode that would have been rapped up if there wasnt something like that in mind. For instance zukos mother could have easily been confirmed as dead but they left it with us not knowing what happened with a very cliffhangery moment. Plus we do not know what happened to Azula. There is also the whole question of will aang rebuild the air benders. Lastly in a show about uniting the four elements, with seasons for Water, Earth, and Fire, but no Air. It seems that they are lacking something. So it would make sense to have a last Avatar:The Last Airbender straight to television animated movie that would take the place of Air and rap up the last few strings. I am not saying they are doing this. But it makes allot of sense.
I'm embarrassed to say that though I write regularly about TV and Movies and consider myself pretty well-informed about all there is to know about the industry, I am completely out of the loop regarding Anime. So...I found this "History of Anime" article from Variety to be quite informative, including a handy timeline, reproduced here: 1963 "Astro Boy" series starts in Japan, launches in the U.S. later the same year. The original manga was created by Osamu Tezuka, who is considered the father of the format. 1966 -"Gigantor" series debuts in the U.S. -Another of Tezuka's creations, "Kimba the White Lion," launches. 1967 -"Speed Racer" takes off in the U.S. a year after it was first broadcast in Japan. MTV picks up the show in 1993; Cartoon Network adds it to their lineup in 1996. -In the same year, restrictions over violent content limit Americans' access to Japanese animation, including such shows as "Devilman." 1978-1979 -"Battle of the Planets'" (aka Gatchaman) and "Star Blazers" series debut in the U.S. 1984 -"Voltron" hits U.S. shores, followed by "Transformers." Both the anime and tie-in toys become popular. 1985 -"Robotech" takes off in the U.S. 1986 -An animated "Transformers" feature earns more than $5 million at the box office. 1989 -Anime feature "Akira" opens. -Hayao Miyazaki's "Castle in the Sky" receives a limited released in the U.S. 1993 -Troma releases a dubbed version of Miyazaki's "My Neighbour Totoro" in the U.S. Variety critic Leonard Klady says he doesn't get it. Early 1990s -Many Japanese animations go directly to video, where more mature titles with sex and violence catch on among cult audiences. -Video rental stores start to set up Japanese anime sections. -The word "manga" enters the English language with "pop, erotic, futuristic and artistic" connotations. 1995 -"Sailor Moon" airs in the US, helping to expand the image of anime from being a male-oriented media to something both sexes can enjoy. -The Japanese trend of dressing up as anime characters (or cosplay ) comes to the U.S. 1996 -"Ghost in the Shell" is released on video and hits No. 1 on Billboard's video charts. -Dragonball Z debuts on TV, with violent scenes edited out. 1998 -Cartoon Network airs unedited "Dragonball Z" episodes as part of its Toonami programming block. -The "Pokemon" TV series launches, riding the popularity of the game franchise. 1999 -Still largely unknown in the U.S., Miyazaki improves his profile with Miramax's release of "Princess Mononoke." Toon's PG-13 rating and limited release leads to modest box office, but draws strong reviews and attention to its creator. In Japan, it becomes the highest-grossing film of all time. 2002 -Disney releases "Spirited Away," with English-language dubbing personally overseen by Pixar's John Lasseter. The film wins the animated feature Oscar. -On television, "Yu-Gi-Oh" and "Inuyasha" both launch. 2005 -Cartoon Network adds "Naruto" to its Toonami lineup. -Nickelodeon debuts Avatar: The Last Airbender , a toon modeled after the style and content of Asian animation (mixing martial arts, mysticism and serial storytelling). Two years later, the show wins a primetime Emmy. 2006 -Viz Media dubs manga-based toon "Bleach" for American auds. The show courts older viewers as part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. 2007 -Michael Bay directs a live-action version of Transformers hiring Peter Cullen to reprise his role as Optimus Prime. -Paramount announces plans for an "Avatar" feature to be directed by M. Night Shyamalan. 2008 The Wachowski brothers adapt Speed Racer as a live-action film.
Petition to Continue Avatar Come on guys! Lets show Nickelodeon and Mike and Brian that once the show was created, it was meant to last!!!! Long live Avatar and all its upcoming show derivations movies and merchandise! Photo courtesy of the8thsign.com
The petition was signed and closed at 1044 signatures!!!!!!!!!! Dear Nickelodeon, This letter concerns the continuation of the series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. The expected date of the finale, July 19th, has come almost too soon for those who truly enjoy the show. Avatar is one of the finest animated series aired on Nickelodeon, and should be continued into a new series. The new series could bring in fans and profit, for example, the creatio of new DVDs, games, toys, and other merchandise. For the sake of thousands of fans worldwide, please continue the Avatar legacy. Sincerely, The Undersigned 1044 Total Signatures
Today a final ray of hope is casted upon Avatar: The Last Airbender as Comic Con in San Diego hosts a panel for Bryan and Mike. Please make the questions necessary to fill up the show blank spots or at least know when the answers are coming! Schedule for Avatar panel Friday - July, 25th Avatar Panel w / Mike & Bryan Hours: 7:30-9:15 PM Location: Room 6CDEF Saturday - July, 26th Mike and Bryan Autograph Signing Line ticket drawing at 10:00 AM Hours: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Location: Sails Pavilion AA4