According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount is working with Stereo D — the company used by James Cameron for “Avatar” — on the 3-D conversion of “The Last Airbender,” which will not be pushed back from its original release date.
Shyamalan was reportedly in favor of converting “The Last Airbender” to 3-D from the start, before finally convincing the studio to make the leap after 3-D tests were completed. “The Last Airbender” will be the first 3-D conversion released from Paramount.
“The Last Airbender” is a live-action adaptation of the massively popular anime-influenced animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon.
The film stars Noah Ringer as Aang, a young boy who must learn the art of “bending” the elements in order to confront the war-like Fire Nation. Dev Patel also stars as Prince Zuko, with Nicola Peltz as Katara and Jackson Rathbone as Sokka.
Last month, Shyamalan spoke at length about the film’s use of CGI effects, including one scene in particular where a character “uses water like nunchucks.”
Shyamalan also revealed that many of the heavy-effects scenes would be filmed using single, prolonged shots — which the director has become known for — rather than the quick-cuts style favored by other directors.
“The Last Airbender” will be released on July 2.
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