As a huge fan of one of the best animated series to come along in recent years, I am excited to announce fan-favorite animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender is getting a live-action television series on Netflix.
This morning, Netflix tweeted the surprise announcement along with concept art from the upcoming adaptation. Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who co-created the original animated series, will both be overseeing the new series. Despite the awful movie interpretation by M. Night Shyamalan, this is a series I am enthused about, and excitedly looking forward to seeing done in live action form in the hands of the original show’s creators.
“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,” declared DiMartino and Konietzko in a written statement following the announcement. “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.”
Originally premiering on Nickelodeon in February 2005, Avatar: The Last Airbender was an instant success with audiences launching a whole wave of merchandising including video games. Over the three seasons (or “Books”), Avatar: The Last Airbender nabbed numerous awards nominations and wins, taking home hardware from the Annie Awards, Genesis Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award. The original series followed the adventures of Aang, the reawakened and current incarnation of the avatar and master of all four elements, as he traveled the world with human and animal friends alike to master his abilities and defeat Fire Lord Ozai before he led the Fire Nation in a global takeover. It’s a truly masterful bit of storytelling. The franchise found that lightning struck twice with the follow-up series of The Legend of Korra, but now another generation of fans will get experience the world of Avatar in live-action.
Following its conclusion in 2008, it was adapted as a live-action film in 2010 directed by M. Night Shyamalan as The Last Airbender and received a follow-up animated series, The Legend of Korra, in 2012.
Details on the live-action Netflix adaptation, including casting and release date, are currently unknown but fans will be thrilled to see new adventures starring Aang and his friends.