Nickelodeon hit gold with their series Avatar: The Last Airbender, but the live-action adaptation by M. Night Shymalan back in 2010 was considered the worst adaptations ever put to film. Netflix is looking to remedy that, though, and has just announced their work on a live-action reimagining of The Last Airbender.
Check out the announcement:
A reimagined, live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series is coming to Netflix!
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It’s also been confirmed that original creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino will be attached to the project. Since it’s a reimagining, I can imagine a few changes coming to the source material, but I think it’s fair to expect that this show will turn out more faithful than the first attempt at a film.
When The Last Airbender came out in 2010, it was met with the most dismal reviews, and eventually made M. Night Shymalan box office poison. For one, the lead characters of Sokka and Katara were cast with white actors (the cartoon portraying them as Inuit); not to mention the terrible mix of writing, acting, and CGI as well.
With a series in the works, I’m expecting that the show will have proper time to explore characters the way the original did. One worry I do have is the amount of special effects needed to pull of the bending in the series. The possibilities are endless when it comes to animation, but with the budget of a series, I can’t imagine that they would be able to bring in some heavy CGI for every episode.
But I could be wrong. Who knows?
No release date has been set for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender.