The last time anyone was involved in a live action adaptation of the beloved animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, it did not work out well for everyone involved, especially the audience.
Well it looks like the streaming service Netflix is gearing up to try again to bring to life the adventures of Ang and his friends according to Deadline. Netflix is going to produce a new live action series based on the Nickelodeon animated series and they are bringing in some big guns to get the show off the ground. According to the article, Netflix is bringing in creators of the original series Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko to not only executive produce the series, but also to be showrunners.
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender,” DiMartino and Konietzko said in a release announcing the project. “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.”
Netflix released a statement as well; “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,” said Netflix’s Melissa Cobb, VP Kids & Family Content.
The series will be in partnership with Nickelodeon and is expected to begin production next year.