Everyone remembers the disaster that was M. Night Shymalan’s The Last Airbender, but Netflix seems to be giving the franchise one more chance. The streaming service just announced that they’re working on a live-action reboot of the show together with original creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino.
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A reimagined, live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series is coming to Netflix!— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) September 18, 2018
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This announcement comes short after the release of Netflix’s The Dragon Prince which was created by Last Airbender’s head writer Aaron Ehasz. We don’t know if Ehasz will have anything to do with the live-action show, but with the involvement of the original creators, I think this adaptation will be more well-received than the 2010 movie.
When Shymalan’s Last Airbender came out, it was ultimately trashed for straying too far from the source material and containing some very shoddy writing and acting. Not to mention the portayal of Sokka and Katara were met with backlash since the film hired white actors for the role when the characters are supposed to be of Inuit descent.
Hopefully Konietzko and DiMartino will have a more faithful adaptation with Netflix. I admit, with animation, there’s a lot of freedom for visuals, and I’m not sure if the live-action version will have the budget to keep up. With the influence of Avatar on pop culture, though, I’m crossing my fingers that this live-action version will be the one we’ve all been waiting for since the bomb that was 2010’s The Last Airbender.
No release date has been announced for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender.