Get ready for a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series!
Streaming giant Netflix has announced that it has entered development on a live-action reimagining of beloved animated Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. On board as showrunners and executive producers are Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of the original cartoon.
The Nickelodeon series, which aired for three seasons from 2005 until 2008, was set in a world where some people can “bend” the elements. It followed twelve-year-old Aang and his friends, who must bring peace and unity to the world by ending the Fire Lord’s war with three nations.
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender,” Konietzko and DiMartino said in a statement.
“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 is partnering with Nickelodeon on the series, which one can imagine will be quite an expensive, ambitious production.
Said Melissa Cobb, Netflix’s Vice President of Kids and Family Content: “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.”
The animated series is still considered to among the best to have hit screens. A well-received sequel series, The Legend of Korra, aired for four seasons from 2012 to 2014. Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan directed a much-maligned live-action feature, The Last Airbender, in 2010.
Production on the live action Avatar: The Last Airbender series is set to begin in 2019.
Check out the concept art Netflix released: