Unfortunately, Avatar: The Last Airbender is a part of a long list of failed adaptations from one medium to another. Back in 2010, M. Night Shyamalan took the helm of a live-action interpretation, and the results were…catastrophic. Even I couldn’t defend this offensively boring take on the fantastical tale, as much as I love some of M. Night Shyamalan’s most hated work.
But the golden age of television has been great to these projects. His Dark Materials is getting a revamp on HBO and BBC, and Netflix is taking on Avatar: The Last Airbender. What’s even better is that the showrunners of the original animated series, Bryan Konietzko, and Mike DiMartino are back on board for this live-action take.
But the updates have been few and far between. However, thanks to a recent interview from voice actor Jessie Flower (who played Toph in the animated show) with Wyrd Crafts Chitchat Podcast, we now know around when production is set to begin (via The GWW).
About 32:50 into the podcast, Flower shared some fun insight into the showrunners’ involvement of the show, including the casting and production start time.
“Yeah I’m excited! I talked with Mike & Bryan in May this past summer. […] So we had lunch and they talked about their process and how they are primarily involved with this as opposed to the live-action movie that happened. That we don’t talk about [haha]. We are excited about the casting being true to the location and background heritage and all that stuff. Where each nation is based and will be casting from that location. Or at least casting someone who is primarily from that ancestry location. So they are trying to be really PC about the whole thing. They just have a lot more say and hands-on perspective I guess on the direction, filming, and how it’s scripted. And I’m pretty sure it’s going to all be done up in Canada. They are going to start filming I think in February. That’s rough but sometime in early 2020 they will get the ball rolling.”
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SOURCE: Wyrd Crafts Chitchat Podcast, The GWW