Netflix Working on ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Live-Action Series

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19 Sep 18
Concept art by John Staub

Netflix Working on ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Live-Action Series – Concept art by John Staub

Netflix has put into production a new live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series it has been announced.

For those of you that don’t know the story, the original animated series is set in a world divided by nations who each control an element. When the hostile Fire Nation threatens to enslave the Water, Earth, and Air Nations, a reluctant and irresponsible boy must face his destiny as the Avatar, the Chosen One who can restore the world order. That job falls to the twelve-year-old Aang, who must forgo his selfish wandering to learn to master his latent powers over the four elements. Only then can he conquer the Firebenders, the evil nation that threatens the world.

News of the beloved Nickelodeon animated series being remade into live-action popped up on Twitter last night when they tweeted out the concept art by John Staub you see above. They later confirmed that original creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are the people behind the new show. The duo then released a statement saying “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.”

That is in reference to M. Night Shyamalan’s 2010 movie attempt at bringing the characters to the big screen, which was accused of whitewashing by casting white actors in Asian roles. They continue “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.”

The original Nickelodeon animated series ran for 3 seasons and spawned a sequel show, ‘The Legend of Korra’, which ran for 4 seasons. Netflix hasn’t given an air date for the new Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series, but it’s clearly at in the early stages right now, so I wouldn’t expect to see it before 2020 at the earliest. We’ll let you know when we hear more.