Hopefully, this won’t be the last Airbender
The last time Avatar: The Last Airbender was adapted in 2012 to a live-action adaptation; things didn’t quite work well with a culturally inappropriate white-washed cast. Sorry, M. Night Shyamalan. Despite the backlash, the adaptation earned over $319 million at the worldwide box office off of a $150 million production budget.
However, when Netflix released a statement that the hit cartoon will see a proper live-action adaptation series, fans were excited, but just as sceptical of another mishap in making.
The production work of the show began in 2019. The show is still in its pre-production stages of development. No official release date has been announced by the streaming giant as of yet but one can expect the live-action adaptation to premiere in late 2021.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in a world divided into four nations – the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation and the Air Nomads where Benders can control and manipulate the element from their nation.
The show follows the journey of a 12-year-old Aang, who can control all four natural elements: water, earth, fire and air, also known as Avatar, the master of all four elements.
When the only Avatar has disappeared and the vicious Fire Nation wants to conquer the world, it is up to Aang to save the world from the Fire Nation.
His tribe sends Aang along with Katara and Sokka to safeguard him on a journey to master all four elements.
Creators exit the show:
Things took a turn for worse when creators of Nickelodeon’s classic, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko walked away from Netflix’s live adaptation after butting heads with the streaming service over the direction of the series.
The adaptation was announced in 2018 wherein the duo was also working as executive producers and showrunner of the series.
In an open letter, DiMartino announced the news to the fans of the show.
They stated the reason for their exit was that the show wasn’t headed in the direction they wished and at one point they duo had to reconsider the decision for the sake of their happiness and creative integrity.
DiMartino assured the fans that he is still involved with the Avatar universe but whatever happens with the series it’s not what Konietzko and he “had envisioned or intended to make”. The duo also added that it was one of the hardest professional decisions they ever had to make in their lives.
Despite the unfortunate roadblock, the show will now proceed without the original creators.
Netflix added Avatar to its gigantic media library in May 2020 reigniting the fandom and bringing new audiences in order to build the hype for their live-action series. The sequel of the series, Legend of Korra appeared on Netflix on August 14, 2020. A good time to re-watch while one waits for the live-action series? We think so.
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