The Last Airbender – Netflix adaptation loses the most important thing


It was supposed to be a live-action remake, which makes you pissed off because the live-action film from 2010 wasn’t … so … good. The thing is: The Netflix adaptation of the series still had the brilliant minds behind the comic show on board, which is precisely why there was hope.

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Netflix's adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender loses the creators of the original series.
Netflix’s adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender loses the creators of the original series.

Things don’t always go the way we want them to. That’s true, and that’s also what Avatar creator Michael Dante DiMartino mentions in an open letter when writing about his and Bryan Konietzko’s departure from Netflix Adapt Avatar adaptation. The original plan: A live-action remake of the series is to be produced for and with Netflix; in the lead both creators of the comic show.

DiMartino and Konietzko accompanied the project for two years, which ended abruptly. Reason are creative differences and, ultimately, that this series will no longer be what the two had imagined. DiMartino writes:

“I realized I was the couldn’t control the show’s creative direction, but I could control how I react to it. So I decided to leave the project. It was the toughest professional decision I’ve ever made, and it wasn’t one that was easy for me to make, but it was essential to my satisfaction and creative integrity.

Who knows? Netflix ‘Live adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It may be a series that many of you will enjoy. But whichever version of it makes it to the screen, I can be sure that it will will not be what Bryan and I envisioned. “

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So far, Netflix has been known for giving series or film creators a free hand in what they want. After the unsuccessful live-action film Die Legende von Aang (2010), it is also difficult, especially for another live-action film, not to be viewed suspiciously from the outset. The departure of the two avatar creators because of creative differences does not help much.

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