Netflix Set To Make Live-Action Avatar: The Last Airbender Series


Huge news for fans of one of the best animated series of all time (fight us, you know we're right) with Netflix announcing this week that they've ordered a live-action series based on Avatar: The Last Airbender.

First of all, no this has nothing to do with the 900 films James Cameron is making about tall blue people and Sigourney Weaver turning into trees or whatever.

Last Airbender is an animated series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon in 2005. The series is set in a world divided into four nations named after the elements; Earth, Fire, Water and Air. A handful of each population in said nations are known as "benders", who have the ability to manipulate and control the element of their nation.

In each generation an "Avatar" is born, an individual who has the ability to control all four elements. The Avatar's role is to keep the world in balance and maintain harmony with the nations. But when the Fire Nation attacks the others, the airbending Avatar Aang vanishes.

The series maaay have been turned into a live-action film back in 2010, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, but was panned by critics and fans of the series for whitewashing key members of the cast as well as just being a pretty woeful movie. Trust us, we've seen it like eight times and it deserves the six percent rating it has on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Hopefully, the Netflix series will be something completely different, as the original creators of the series, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, are on board as executive producers and showrunners.

The pair released a joint statement where they said they were "thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender," before they threw absolute savage shade on the Shyamalan's film.

"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."

The Last Airbender spawned a spin-off, The Legend of Korra which followed the next Avatar after Aang. Netflix also recently released The Dragon Prince which was created by one of the head writers on Last Airbender.

Featured image: Nickelodeon.