Netflix announces new “Avatar: the Last Airbender” live-action series
Avatar: The Last Airbender will once again receive a live-action remake, this time in the form of a series produced by Netflix along with showrunners Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The announcement came through a tweet from one of Netflix’s accounts, “See What’s Next,” and was confirmed by “NX,” another side account of the streaming service. Production will begin in late 2019, so fans have plenty of time to contemplate whether the series will exceed the subterranean expectations set by the 2010 live-action movie from M. Night Shyamlyan. DiMartino and Konietzko hoped to quell any concerns fans might have and commented on their involvement in the series.
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender,” DiMartino and Konietzko said in a joint statement on Konietzko’s Instagram. “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.”