Avatar: The Last Airbender is considered not just one of the greatest Nickelodeon shows of all time, but one of the greatest animated shows of all times as well.
Unfortunately, the live-action movie based on the series released in 2010 is widely considered to be the worst adaptation of all time. It was very, very, very bad. We’re still not sure if director M. Night Shyamalan ever watched the movie. Never mind the whitewashing.
Since the film, fans have been hoping for another chance to see the series be adapted. In a move that literally no one saw coming, Netflix announced a live-action adaptation of the series WITH the diverse cast that we’ve wanted all along.
Between this, saving Lucifer, and Iron Fist season two not sucking, Netflix is pretty much making miracles for geeky fans.
Production for the series will start in 2019 with series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko returning as showrunners. Netflix even released the first piece of concept art which shows Aang with his beloved flying bison, Appa.
Konietzko and DiMartino released a statement where they expressed their joy at the live-action project.
“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.”
The three-season epic follows the journey of Aang, an 11-year-old boy who is known as the Avatar who can control the four elements (Earth, Wind, Water, and Air). A new Avatar is born when the previous Avatar dies, creating a cycle of reincarnation. Aang disappeared and was frozen for a hundred years, until he was discovered by sister and brother, Katara and Sokka. The world Aang wakes up to is no longer a world he recognizes. In the hundred years he was asleep, the Fire Nation has exerted control over the other nations.
Now Aang must master the four elements and restore the balance of the world.
The show, which ran from 2005-2008, spawned a popular sequel series The Legend Of Korra, which followed the next Avatar. That series ran from 2012-2014 with four seasons.
Currently, there is no release date for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender.