Avatar: Airbender’s Latest Creators Leave Netflix Adaptation

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The Netflix Live Adaptation oF Avatar: The Last Airbender faces its first major upheaval.

Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of the original series, announced on Wednesday that they had quit the project. DiMartino wrote a blog post, while Konietzko took to Instagram to announce his decision. Neither was specific in their complaints, but both cited creative issues with Netflix.

“To be clear, it wasn’t a simple matter of failing to succeed,” Konietzko wrote. “Mike and I are very collaborative people; we didn’t need all of these ideas to come from us. As long as we believed these ideas were in keeping with the spirit and integrity of Avatar, we would gladly have adopted them. However, we eventually came to the belief that we wouldn’t be able to meaningfully guide the direction of the series. “

DiMartino echoed similar sentiments on social media.

“Netflix’s live adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. This could turn out to be a spectacle that many of you are enjoying, ”DiMartino wrote. “But what I can be sure of is that whatever version ends up on screen, it won’t be what Bryan and I planned or planned to do. “

Netflix announced a live-action remake of the popular Nickelodeon series in 2018, with a focus on the original creators being heavily involved as executive producers and showrunners. Avatar: The Last Airbender got a live-action movie in 2010, but it was a critical and commercial flop that gained a notorious reputation for choosing white actors as characters of color. The idea of ​​a live-action adaptation with strong involvement from the creators excited fans. Now that DiMartino and Konietzko are gone, however, it looks like live action Avatar can follow the path of its predecessor led by M. Night Shyamalan.

All seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender currently streaming on Netflix.

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