Netflix is developing a live-action series based on Nickelodeon's hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. The streaming giant has hired original series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko to serve as showrunners and executive producers.
In a shared statement announcing the series, here's what DiMartino and Konietzko had to say;
“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.”
The original series launched back in 2005 spanning three seasons and sixty-one episodes. Charting the adventures of Aang on his quest to defeat the Fire Lord Ozai, the show has spawned a plethora of comic books and the sequel series The Legend of Korra. Naturally, we all wish the 2010 movie adaptation directed by M. Night Shyamalan didn't happen, but it did so all we can do is move on.
Production on the ambitious series will start early next year, and it sounds as though Netflix will be giving the creators all the resources they need to bring The Last Airbender to life.
“We are committed to honouring Bryan and Mike’s vision for this retelling and are thrilled to support them on creating a live-action event series, bringing Aang’s epic world of elemental magic to life for global audiences on Netflix,”