Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Netflix Orders Live-Action Series Based on 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'

Netflix has today ordered a live-action series based on the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which ran on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Production will begin in 2019.

The original series followed the adventures of Aang and a group of friends who sought to save the world by defeating the Fire Lord Ozai and ending the destructive war with the Fire Nation.

Original series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino are set to serve as showrunners for the new show.

"We're thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender," said Konietzko and DiMartino. "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."

"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," added Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family Content, Netflix.