To the joy of “Avatar” fans (the cartoon, not the James Cameron film), a live-action version of the popular Nickelodeon show will start production next year.
The original series, which aired 13 years ago, charts the adventures of a young boy named Aang, who goes on a journey to master the elements of air, water, earth and fire.
He meets friends along the way, and eventually stops a tyrannical king from establishing an evil empire from waging war on surrounding nations.
AND I can confirm that the original creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, will be back to take on the live action. THIS IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN TRAINING FOR ALL THESE YEARS. https://t.co/Pi5M1TDTZc
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) September 18, 2018
Following Netflix’s Twitter announcement, here’s what we know about what’s going to happen with the new Avatar series:
It’s the second time Avatar’s been done live-action
The first was a 2010 M Night Shyamalan film, which turned out to be an absolute flop. Critics ripped it apart for its clunky narrative, awful dialogue and wooden acting. People hated the casting choices, with white lead actors and villains of colour – which didn’t align with the cartoon.
This version is backed by the original creators
While the show will be “reimagined”, the cartoon’s original creators, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, will be executive producers for the Netflix version, and they’ll run the series.
A reimagined, live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series is coming to Netflix!
(ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇᴘᴛ ᴀʀᴛ ʙʏ Jᴏʜɴ Sᴛᴀᴜʙ) pic.twitter.com/YsMoE4UguV
— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) September 18, 2018
The creators also said the Netflix series will go “even deeper” into the characters and plot. There will also be a deeper look into the “Avatar” world and more action scenes.
The cast will be ethically diverse
DiMartino and Konietzko said they want the new show to be “culturally appropriate”, with a “non-whitewashed cast”.
— Surafel (@surafeldd) September 19, 2018
It’s starting production in 2019
The first glimpses of what the show will look like come from a concept drawing by artist John Staub.
This drawing was posted on Konietzko’s blog in July, Polygon reported. The series creator said it was inspired from his own early concept drawings for the cartoon, which aired in 2005.
Concept art for Netflix’s live action Avatar: The Last Airbender reimagining vs. concept art from the original animated series
— Gavin Lee (@GoddamnItGavin) September 18, 2018
One of the official concept artists for @netflix‘s Avatar: The Last Airbender, John Staub, does some incredible work! Expecting fantastic visuals for the show!
First image: Official concept art for Live-Action ATLA
— Yoosie (@YooSongWon) September 18, 2018
Production for the Netflix show though, starts in 2019.
Most fans are delighted by the news, though there’re still some mixed reactions on Twitter.
I was excited about the Avatar Live Action series but then Netflix is responsible for the live action white dude Death Note so IDK
— rob cham (@robcham) September 19, 2018
Netflix live action Avatar: The Last Airbender cast has been revealed! – Aang will be played by the asian actress Scarlett Johansson – Katara will be played by CNN weather lady (who is an actual water bender) – and Sokka will be played by Jojo Siwa (the boomerang/ponytail queen) pic.twitter.com/xACBXu7MMH
— Gorgis ︽✵︽ (@IDontKnowHer6) September 19, 2018
M Night Shyamalan should cameo in the live action Avatar: The Last Airbender Netflix series Preferably as one of the past Avatars
— uricksaladbar 🥗 (@uricksaladbar) September 18, 2018