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Will Shyamalan Screw Up Beloved But Obscure Cartoon?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 27, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 27, 2009 |

I’m not all that familiar with Avatar: The Last Airbender, except from what I read of Phillip’s review, which called it the best show on television you haven’t seen. It’s a cartoon ostensibly for young adults, but apparently older adult geeks swing that way, too. Phillip said of the show, “In ‘Avatar’ I found all the coherence, completeness, and symmetry of a good, closed-circuit narrative wrapped in the youthful vibrancy of a children’s cartoon.”

He wasn’t, however, particularly pleased that the powers that be decided to turn it into a live-action movie, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. To that suggestion, he wrote: “The show was perfectly fine in an animated medium and the existing voice cast was exceptional — why sully things with a bound-to-be-clumsy live film, let alone one helmed by the increasingly disastrous Shyamalan? But shit, if we go around believing the industry capable of that kind of circumspection, we may as well start crushing Paxil into our Cheerios.”

The first few photos from the set are out now, and I wonder if they’ll inspired P-Step to increase his Paxil intake. The movie stars, among others, Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, who plays Zuko (no relation to Danny). And here are those photos — I’m in no position to critique, but it looks like a Street Fighter movie to me.




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