Avatar: The Last Airbender is arguably the best animated series to have come out of the early 2000s. The Nickelodeon cartoon is so iconic that it has preserved its popularity and social relevance fifteen years since it first aired on TV. Now that it can be streamed on Netflix, fans can’t help but wonder: how’s that live-action remake that was promised before?

 

A reimagined, live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

 

 

The Avatar remake was first announced in September 2018. Set to return for the series as executive producers and showrunners were the original creators, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, as well as composer Jeremy Zuckerman for the music. Production was initially planned to take off in 2019 but was moved to 2020. Unfortunately, the global pandemic crisis came, so another production delay would be inevitable.

 

In a 2019 Instagram post, Bryan Konietzko posted a photo with a caption that reads: “Mike and Brandon [Hoang, writer and concept artist] walking between meetings from a short while back… We’re moving into a new office space, transitioning into the next phase of production. Our core team is growing. We’re writing, planning, and testing.

 

“Though there’s plenty that’s new for us in this live-action process, we’ve been on this long rollercoaster ride twice before and a lot of the climbs and twists and turns feel familiar. Right now, everything seems slow, and we’re itching to speed up; before we know it, everything will be moving too fast and happening all at once.

 

 

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Mike and Brandon walking between meetings from a short while back… We’re moving into a new office space, transitioning into the next phase of production. Our core team is growing. We’re writing, planning, and testing. Though there’s plenty that’s new for us in this live action process, we’ve been on this long rollercoaster ride twice before and a lot of the climbs and twists and turns feel familiar. Right now, everything seems slow, and we’re itching to speed up; before we know it, everything will be moving too fast and happening all at once. For those who are eager to see this new series and are asking if we have a trailer yet: thank you for your enthusiasm, sincerely, but you wouldn’t want to see a version of this series that was made within 9 months. Too much Hollywood fare is fast-tracked and the results speak for themselves. Thankfully for us and this series, Netflix is committed to doing it right. We’re trying to make something special that will stand the test of time. A live-action Avatar series is a daunting, incredibly complex thing to pull off — a fantasy travel show with tons of VFX, CG creatures, martial arts, etc. — and to do it right takes a ton of planning. On both the original series and Korra, when we were at this stage in the production the projects hadn’t even been announced yet. The difference with this Netflix series is that you all heard about it just a little bit after we started. So it will seem like a longer wait, but we can assure you that everyone is making good use of that time so we can craft something beautiful and emotionally powerful. Also, so we can make sure Appa is cute. We’ll be starting the casting process before too long, so if you’re aspiring to be a part of this thing, keep taking acting lessons and some martial arts/movement classes. We’ll announce how, when, and where to audition soon-ish. Thanks! Love, Bryan ✨💙✨ #avatarthelastairbender #netflix #liveactionseries

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“For those who are eager to see this new series and are asking if we have a trailer yet: thank you for your enthusiasm, sincerely, but you wouldn’t want to see a version of this series that was made within 9 months. Too much Hollywood fare is fast-tracked and the results speak for themselves. Thankfully for us and this series, Netflix is committed to doing it right.

 

“The difference with this Netflix series is that you all heard about it just a little bit after we started. So it will seem like a longer wait, but we can assure you that everyone is making good use of that time so we can craft something beautiful and emotionally powerful.”

 

Read more: Why ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ is the best animated series ever

 

While not too many details have been revealed about the Avatar remake, there have been rumors about the new show planning to involve a more diverse cast. The notorious live-action film adaptation of M. Night Shyamalan in 2010 was heavily criticized not only because it was terrible, but also for having the majority of its cast as white. We can also expect to see LGBTQ characters similar to Korra’s in ‘The Legend of Korra’.

 

Although it’s still a question whether the remake will be an exact retelling, it will cover the same storyline as the original with Aang, along with Katara and Sokka, embarking on a quest to master the four elements and defeat Fire Lord Ozai. 

 

Netflix has yet to announce a proper release date. 

 

What are you expecting to see from the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action remake?

 

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