Today the internet has been abuzz with news about M. Night Shyamalan’s next movie. It turns out it’s going to be something slightly outside of what you might expect from him. For one, it’s a kids movie. For two, it’s a live action adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Although the show appears to be another imported anime series, it’s actually produced in the U.S. It tells the story of Aang, the last in a line of magicians who can tap into the power of all four elements: water, earth, fire, and air.
While many people have been quick to jump to the conclusion that Shyamalan has been forced to do a crappy kids movie like this because Lady in the Water was so bad, I really don’t think Shyamalan’s stock has fallen so much in Hollywood that he would have to accept a job he didn’t want. There must be a good reason why Shyamalan took on the project… who knows, maybe he is a fan of the cartoon? Lady in the Water did seem in some ways to be a fairy tale for kids, so maybe he wants to do something that is fun for all ages. It should be interesting to see him direct a movie based on someone else’s ideas (no word yet on if he is writing the script or not). All I know is it’s going to be confusing having both Shyamalan and James Cameron working on movies called Avatar.» Related Link: Cinema Blend