Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the most beloved animated shows of all time, due to its creative premise, gorgeous world building, and excellent storytelling. Many were truly heartbroken at the M. Night Shyamalan film adaptation of the show, which striped the story of everything that was good. Now Netflix announced that they are working on a live-action remake of this beloved show, and fans are getting excited with some very exciting concept art by artist John Staub.
A reimagined, live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series is coming to Netflix!
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Why are fans putting their trust in this new show? Well, for one, original series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino will be at the helm, making the big decisions and acting as the show runners. They released a statement that both throws some well-deserved shade at the film version and highlights some of what their plans are:
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. 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.”
Netflix will partner with Nickelodeon on this project, as they still own the rights to the show and its sequel. No word yet as to whether a Legend of Korra adaptation could also be on the table, but we don’t want to count our turtle-ducks before they hatch.
Production on Avatar: The Last Airbender series will begin in 2019. We will update keep you updated as we learn more about the cast, crew, and premiere date in the coming months.