UPDATE: As it turns out, original series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will be serving as showrunners for this live-action take, as Deadline reports:
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender,” DiMartino and Konietzko said in a statement. “We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build upon everyone’s great work on the original animated series and go even deeper into the characters, story, action, and world-building. Netflix is wholly dedicated to manifesting our vision for this retelling, and we’re incredibly grateful to be partnering with them.”
They are eyeing to shoot the series next year, meaning that a 2020 release date is possible.
Back in the mid-2000s, Nickelodeon released an animated series that dared to be more than just a comedy. In a world where only kids comedies or adult comedies sold, Avatar: The Last Airbender was an adventure story that wasn’t afraid to go big, not unlike some of the anime that inspired its style. It lasted for three seasons and even spawned the spin-off series The Legend of Korra, which has gone on to be just as beloved as its predecessor.
But would Avatar: The Last Airbender ever get the live-action treatment? Yeah, several years back, M. Night Shyamalan took a crack at it in a feature film, but we all know that ended up going terribly for him and the project. But in a world where Hollywood is happy to keep on remaking things until they’re finally good, it’d make sense for them to revisit Avatar, wouldn’t it?
Looks like Netflix has heard our prayers, as the streaming service took to Twitter to announce a new live-action series.
A reimagined, live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series is coming to Netflix!
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— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) September 18, 2018
Sadly, all we really have is that incredibly rough piece of concept art to go off of, and that’s about it. No creator, no showrunner, no writers, no cast, no nothing. There isn’t even an attempt at giving us a release date.
Regardless, this is good news for fans of the show, and I can’t help but wonder if it’s a coincidence that the announcement came right after The Dragon Prince, a new animated series from one of Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s writers, just hit the streaming service.
Does a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender show excite you, or do you think it’s perfectly fine for it to live in animated form? Let us know down below!
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