Netflix announced today that a re-imagined, live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series is coming to the streaming service.
The series’ original creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, will be back to take on the live-action Last Airbender series. DiMartino and Konietzko will serve as showrunners and executive producers. The new series, in partnership with Nickelodeon, will start production in 2019.
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender,” said DiMartino and Konietzko in a statement. “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 also released a piece of concept art by John Staub which you can view above.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is an animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon beginning in 2005. The property was also turned into a 2010 feature film, written, co-produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The series was universally acclaimed, but the movie was panned by critics and fans of the series. The film grossed $319.7 million worldwide on a budget of $150 million.
In the series, the Avatar-spiritual master of the elements-has returned after a lapse of 100 years. And just in the nick of time. The Four Nations (Water, Earth, Fire, and Air) have become unbalanced. The Fire Nation wants to rule the world, and its first conquest will be the Northern Water Tribe. It’s up to a 12-year-old boy Airbender named Aang to find a way to stop it.