Avatar: The Last Airbender has been long regarded as one of the greatest animated stories of the 21st century. Yet, you can say that it hasn’t had much in the way of great adaptations to date. The Last Airbender movie that was made was criticized from the start for white-washing some of its cast, and the reviews were not kind to it when it hit cinemas. It was considered to be a commercial flop, and really, the property has been dormant for many of the years since.
However, Netflix now seems eager to bring the series back to life. The service announced today that a “reimagined” life-action version of the series is going to be coming to the service in the future. Original creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are going to be involved in the project, and hopefully all of this means that the series is more in line with the original project that aired on Nickelodeon in the 2000’s. The series relied largely on Asian culture and themes while using an animation style that borrowed heavily from anime. This series gives Netflix an opportunity to feature more great Asian talent at a time in which they are starting to get more exposure.
Granted, even with this great announcement we do presume that we will be waiting for some time. There isn’t any word out there about castings as of yet and with that, we would be surprised if this series ends up coming out at any point before 2020. Good things do often take time, and in this case we’re really just thrilled that this is a project that will be happening at all.
For now, though, we imagine that there are many people out there very much celebrating this news who have been waiting for more from this property. We know how beloved it is and we are very curious to see how it pans out.
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