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A release date has already been staked out by Paramount and Nickelodeon for what they surely hope is the first in a franchise -- M. Night Shyamalan's live-action adaptation of the Miyazaki-influenced animated TV series AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER will gust into theaters on the big holiday weekend of July 2, 2010.

Unsurprisingly, the movie will drop the AVATAR header to avoid confusion with Jim Cameron's sci-fi juggernaut, which arrives in December of 2009. THE LAST AIRBENDER, the first of a planned trilogy (but what isn't?), is set in a fantasy world and follows a reluctant young hero who can manipulate the elements.

Shyamalan, who's writing and directing THE LAST AIRBENDER, also recently dropped knowledge on Empire about his plans for the ambitious FX-filled project. He discusses the dense mythology of the property in great detail and mentions Buddhist and Hindu philosophies and Shakespearean overtones (plus STAR WARS and THE MATRIX, naturally), and insists he'll use special effects as a storytelling tool and not shallow spectacle. See Shyamalan's specifics RIGHT HERE.

Meanwhile, Shyamalan's global terror THE HAPPENING opens June 13th.
Source: VarietyEmpire

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5:53AM on 04/16/2008
Wow, M. Night Shyamalan's very first non-original movie! I'm not really sure how emphatic I am about that. But then, I worship everything the man does (yes, I'm one of them, f*ck off), so of course I'm game.

And he's not all about twist endings, Ocelot_Snake.
Wow, M. Night Shyamalan's very first non-original movie! I'm not really sure how emphatic I am about that. But then, I worship everything the man does (yes, I'm one of them, f*ck off), so of course I'm game.

And he's not all about twist endings, Ocelot_Snake.
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5:49AM on 04/16/2008
hopefully hell stay true to the source material, and no twist endings.those get old after awhile
hopefully hell stay true to the source material, and no twist endings.those get old after awhile
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9:46PM on 04/15/2008
I'll admit I'm not well-versed in the mythology of Avatar in the least (though I have heard of it), but I'm more excited by the prospect of Shyamalan doing a movie (or movies) that isn't an original script and original idea. He's made some pretty decent stuff, and I'm sure most will agree even where he failed he didn't completely fail. But I just want the guy to diversify, and if this is what it takes, so be it.
I'll admit I'm not well-versed in the mythology of Avatar in the least (though I have heard of it), but I'm more excited by the prospect of Shyamalan doing a movie (or movies) that isn't an original script and original idea. He's made some pretty decent stuff, and I'm sure most will agree even where he failed he didn't completely fail. But I just want the guy to diversify, and if this is what it takes, so be it.
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9:22PM on 04/15/2008

Sweet!

I'm so excited!

But I must wonder if M. Night will survive the embarking from Pennsylvania's borders.
I'm so excited!

But I must wonder if M. Night will survive the embarking from Pennsylvania's borders.
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9:06PM on 04/15/2008
Can... not... wait!! This shit is going to rock!
Can... not... wait!! This shit is going to rock!
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