Hollywood is getting a shot at creating a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender, this time without M. Night Shyamalan!
The twist? Series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino are collaborating with Netflix. Production will start next year, with Nickelodeon producing — just like they did with the animated series.
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender.” The duo told The Hollywood Reporter, “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.”
Avatar: The Last Airbender won global fanfare back in 2005 due to its mature writing compared to other American cartoons, anime styling, and East Asian influences. The cartoon won a handful of awards during its run, and stories are still being written in a comic series.
“Avatar: The Last Airbender continues to grow and resonate with fans around the world due to its combination of relatable characters with all their foibles and a fully recognized world of epic, high-stakes stories and adventures, ” said Chris Viscardi, Senior VP of Animation Production and Development at Nickelodeon.
Konietzko and DiMartino plan dive deeper into the characters, the world, and scope of the story in the live-action series.
Additional production details will be shared at a later time.