Live-Action Avatar: The Last Airbender Series Coming To Netflix
The anime-inspired series is getting a live-action reimagining on Netflix!
Netflix Developing Live-Action Avatar: The Last Airbender Series!
On Twitter today, Netflix announced a new live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series! The show is said to be a reimagining of the original animated series and has series' creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko on board as producers. They also released a piece of concept art by John Staub from the new series which you can see below. It features Aang and Appa in what appears to be the Southern Water Tribe presumably after they come out of the ice where they were frozen for 100 years. The series followed the adventures of a young boy who learns he is the avatar, a reincarnated being who can bend all four elements, and must save the world from the tyrannical Fire Nation. Mike and Bryan said in a statement, “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.”
This is one of the most beloved animated series of all time with a huge fanbase across the globe. The series ran for three season on Nickelodeon from 2005-2008. A live-action film based on the show was made which was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. That movie was meant with negative critical reaction from fans and was a commercial failure. This new series will likely stay closer to the source material and the TV format will allow it to take it's time with the storytelling and character development. Melissa Cobb, vice-president of Kids & Family Content for Netflix also said, “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.” Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President, Animation Production and Development, Nickelodeon added, “Avatar: The Last Airbender continues to grow and resonate with fans around the world due its combination of relatable characters with all their foibles and a fully realized world of epic, high-stakes stories and adventures. This partnership with Netflix is part of our broader efforts at Nick and Viacom to tap into our enormous library of culturally resonant properties to produce new interpretations, and we can’t wait for people to see Netflix’s live-action version of Avatar.” No cast or crew have been announced yet, but the series will begin production in 2019, so tune in for more news soon. Look for the series to debut only on Netflix sometime in 2019 or 2020.