Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have set July 2, 2010, as the release date for M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the popular action-adventure animated series.
Paramount has dropped Avatar from the title to avoid confusion with James Cameron’s science-fiction epic, which opens in December 2009.
The award-winning series, which airs on Nickelodeon, is set in an Asian-influenced world of martial arts and elemental manipulation where a young boy, the reincarnated Avatar, must stop the ruthless Fire Nation from conquering the other three kingdoms. The third season, “Book 3: Fire,” debuted in September 2007.
Shyamalan, who will write the adaptation, told Empire magazine the film will shoot on stages in Philadelphia and on location at places such as Greenland.