The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
The film was originally titled "Avatar:The Last Airbender."The name was ultimately changed because the title "avatar" had already been taken by James Cameron's film "Avatar."
Jesse McCartney was originally cast to play Zuko, but was replaced with Dev Patel due to scheduling conflicts.
According to M. Night Shyamalan, the "mispronunciation" of the names of some of the characters (Aang, Sokka, Avatar, etc) is due to the fact that he wished to 'honor the source material' and use the Asian pronunciation.
Another "giant change" M. Night Shyamalan made from the animated series to the big screen was to limit the Fire Bender's source of fire. Only the highest of the Fire Benders can conjure flames from their chi.
Zac Efron auditioned for the part of Sokka, and M. Night Shyamalan offered him the role, but he had to turn it down because of scheduling conflicts.
On the set of his previous movie Slumdog Millionaire (2008), whenever Dev Patel had some free time on the set he would watch an episode of the cartoon series to prepare for his role as Zuko.
James Cameron spoke out against the film's last minute conversion to 3D, as he strongly believes films should be shot with 3D cameras, rather then being converted. Interestingly enough, the studio that converted the movie to 3D also worked on the 3D for Cameron's Avatar
Almost 30 minutes of footage was cut from the movies theatrical release because Paramount Pictures wanted to make the version converted to 3D as short as possible in an effort to save money. They had all ready invested over 150 million dollars into the movies production.
Won five 'Razzie' awards for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, Worst Director, Worst Supporting Actor (Jackson Rathbone) and Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D.
Writer/Director M. Night Shyamalan discovered the original animated series through his daughters, who were huge fans of the show.
Voice actor Dee Bradley Baker voiced Appa and Momo in the original animated show "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2005) and reprises those roles for the live-action film adaptation.
The Last Airbender is based on a cartoon tv show. When did the finale of that show air?
July 19, 2008