If you've been a long time fan of Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender then we've got something for you to get really excited about. Netflix just announced that they will be making a live-action remake of the belovedNickelodeon series and not only have they made some pretty awesome promises about the quality of the show, but it will be created in partnership with Nickelodeon and original creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are both on board to be a part of the whole process.
If you're unfamiliar with the series, the original aired from 2005 to 2008, followed a little boy named Aang and his friends (Katara and Sokka) as they try to save the world from the Fire Lord Ozai, whose Fire Nation has been destroying the globe in a brutal war. This requires Aang, the Avatar, to master all four elements—water, earth, air, and fire. The new series is slated to still follow the original story line.
This much anticipated reboot with go into production next year. However, Netflix has taken note of some of the elements that caused the original series to go wrong such as a completely white washed cast and not being completely culturally appropriate. Creators DiMartino and Konietzko, who will be serving as show-runners and executive producers have shared their dedication to correcting these issues, too. Phew!
You also might be familiar with the M. Night Shyamalan version on the big screen from back in 2010 through a live-action The Last Airbender film adaptation. The film, which was Japanese-inspired noted cultural references were largely East Asian and the renowned filmmaker cast three white teenagers to play the lead roles. This is something that again, the creators are going to avoid.
Netflix’s vice president of kids & family content, Melissa Cobb, is yearning to stay true to the shows original vision and tell the story for the global Netflix audiences.
DiMartino and Konietzko shared in a joint statement that, “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.”
We're definitely excited to see what they are able to do with this story that has fans waiting hugely in anticipation. Even though this tale is aimed at children, many adults have also been captivated by the storyline and are interested to see how the new adaptation plays out.