Avatar: The Last Airbender creators exit Netflix adaptation
Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino felt that the series was moving in a different direction to what they intended.
The creators of animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender have exited Netflix’s upcoming live-action adaptation.
Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino announced their decision via Instagram and a blog post respectively explaining that creative differences with the streaming giant made them step away.
"To be clear, this was not a simple matter of us not getting our way,” wrote Konietzko. “Mike and I are very collaborative people; we did not need all of these ideas to come from us”
“As long as we felt those ideas were in line with the spirit and integrity of Avatar, we would have happily embraced them. However, we ultimately came to the belief that we would not be able to meaningfully guide the direction of the series.”
DiMartino continued along the same path.
“Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying,” DiMartino wrote. “But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.”
The news of the pair’s departure is sure to come as a huge disappointment to fans who were hopeful that Netflix could deliver a live-action series of the same quality as the cartoon.
The streamer first announced the project back in September 2018 but there’s been virtually no other updates since.
Avatar: The Last Airbender ran for 3 seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008 and received critical acclaim throughout its time on air for its characters, style, Asian-influenced setting and inclusion of more sophisticated themes.
You can stream all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix now. It’s sequel series The Legend of Korra will also be available to stream on Netflix in its entirety from 14th August.