The Last Airbender Series Coming to Netflix

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Live-Action Series In Works At Netflix

The lifecycle of the Avatar isn't over yet. The streaming platform announced a new live-action "reimagined" series is coming to the streaming platform.

Early concept art for the "Avatar: The Last Airbender" live-action series.

The Last Airbender and its spin-off The Legend of Korra are some of the best-received animated shows in recent memory, with huge and loyal fanbases. Now Katara and Sokka must safeguard Aang on his journey to master all four elements and save the world from the Fire Nation. But when the Avatar, reincarnated into a new body after every lifecycle, vanished, the Fire Nation rose to dominate the world.

The Last Airbender aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from February 2005-July 2008, winning an Emmy in 2017 and a Peabody Award among other honors. Naturally, this live-action series from Netflix has fans anxious that there will be a similar approach to casting; however, original Avatar creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are going to be involved in this new Netflix series, and they want to assure fans that the casting for the show will be as diverse as fans expect!

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In the past, the words "Avatar" and "live-action" haven't sat well with fans.

This new series is being angled as the correct live-action adaptation.

Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are gearing up the show, and seem excited at the chance to re-visit the idea. "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", the pair wrote, referencing the crimes against the original (and good taste) perpetrated by the movie. "Netflix is wholly dedicated to manifesting our vision for this retelling, and we're incredibly grateful to be partnering with them", explained Konietzko and DiMartino.

Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President of Animation Production and Development with Nickelodeon, who will partner with Netflix to create the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series says that the cartoon "Continues to grow and resonate with fans around the world due its combination of relatable characters with all their foibles and a fully realized world of epic, high-stakes stories and adventures".

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