We can all agree that the live-action movie adaptation of the beloved animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender didn’t turn out as good as everyone hoped. Luckily for the fans of the franchise, Netflix is stepping in to make things right. The streaming service giant announced that it ordered a live-action series based on Avatar: The Last Airbender with the start of production set for 2019. The creators of the original, Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino, will helm the project.
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender,” said Konietzko and DiMartino in a joint 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.”
“We are committed to honoring 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,” added Melissa Cobb, VP kids and family content at Netflix.
Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series debuted in 2005 on Nickelodeon and went on to become a huge favorite among the audience and critics. The series ended up winning numerous accolades including Annie Awards, Genesis Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award.
The live-action movie The Last Airbender, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, was released in 2010 but met with bad reviews from the critics although it had success at the box office.
The premiere date and the cast info should be revealed in early 2019.