Netflix Orders 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Live-Action Reboot
Netflix announced it has ordered a live-action reboot of Avatar: The Last Airbender from the original creators of the animated series.
The streaming service said Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who created the 2005-2008 fantasy adventure series for Nickelodeon, will serve as executive producers and showrunners on the live action series when it begins production next year.
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The Netflix series, like its animated predecessor, will follow the adventures of Aang, the last Airbender, as he and his friends navigate a word divided into the nations of Water, Fire, Earth and Air.
Netflix tweeted a piece of concept art by John Straub as a teaser for the new show.
A reimagined, live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series is coming to Netflix!
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"We're thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of ''Avatar: The Last Airbender,'" said Konietzko and DiMartino said in a statement provided to Variety. "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."
M. Night Shyamalan previously helmed a poorly-received live action film adaptation of the series in 2010. The movie was panned by critics and criticized by fans for a lack of racial diversity among the cast.
By Ben Hooper
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.