Last Airbender movie game floats onto Wii, DS

THQ adapting M. Night Shyamalan-helmed live-action film for June launch, will follow story from the perspective of antagonist Prince Zuko.

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This June, Nickelodeon's animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender will make its leap to live action with a feature film from the director of The Sixth Sense and The Happening, M. Night Shyamalan. Although the filmmaker is known for twist endings, the publisher of the film's game adaptation was entirely predictable.

The game adaptation of M. Night's movie puts players in control of the bad guy? What a twist!
The game adaptation of M. Night's movie puts players in control of the bad guy? What a twist!

THQ today announced that it will publish The Last Airbender for the Wii and DS. The company has been releasing games based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series since 2006.

Based on the film (which has dropped the Avatar name in apparent deference to James Cameron's Oscar-nominated blockbuster), the games will give players a chance to see the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Zuko. In addition to playing as the Fire Nation prince, gamers will also take control of series protagonist Aang, as well as The Blue Spirit.

Shyamalan, who also wrote the film's script, brings some marquee talent to the project, but he's working with a largely unknown cast of actors. Perhaps the biggest names in the bunch are Dev Patel (who starred in the 2008 Best Picture Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale in the Twilight films), and The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi.

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