Netflix is developing another big series based on a beloved title. This time it’s the popular Nickelodeon animated show Avatar: The Last Airbender. But it’s not going to be animated.
It’s being reported that the streaming giant is developing a live-action take on the series. And better yet, they’ve brought in the original creators of The Last Airbender, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, to make it.
DiMartino and Konietzko are set to executive produce the new series, and will also handle showrunner duties. Of the announcement, the duo had this to say in a joint 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.”
Netflix’s vice president of kids and family content, Melissa Cobb, also offered a statement, saying:
“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.”
Avatar: The Last Airbender ran on Nickelodeon for three seasons, from 2005 to 2008. It’s considered by many to be one of the best animated shows ever made, and spawned books, video games, and a sequel titled The Legend of Korra. A live-action movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan was released in 2010, but…it did not go so well. Apologies if you had successfully forgotten that one.
Netflix’s live-action series is being made in partnership with Nickelodeon, and the plan is to begin production on it sometime next year.