Netflix is making a live-action series of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The show’s original creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will helm this new version.
Avatar: The Last Airbender was born as a Nickelodeon animated series back in 2005, which ran for three seasons and 61 episodes. A live-action movie adaptation was made by M. Night Shyamalan in 2010, which disappointed critics but did make some dosh.
Set in an Asiatic-like world where some people can control the classic elementary forces, the original Avatar animated series blended anime with American animation techniques to create its own visual style. The show won awards and fans aplenty, making the prospect of a new version very exciting to a lot of people.
Speaking about their new live-action project to Variety, DiMartino and Konietzko said this:
“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.”
There’s no casting news or release date info available as of yet, but we’ll keep you posted as the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series develops.