Avatar The Last Airbender Netflix Series Loses Original Creators

Carla Harmon
August 13, 2020

The duo behind the original series have left Netflix's "Avatar: The Last Airbender" live-action series. It has for months been among Netflix's top 10 most-watched shows, and has spawned a wave of social media posts discussing, and lauding the fifteen-year-old series.

In separate statements, DiMartino and Konietzko confirmed they were leaving Netflix's planned Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation.

"When Netflix brought me on board to run this series alongside Mike two years ago, they made a very public promise to support our vision". Some fans even called to cancel the live-action "ATLA" adaptation.

In June of this year, after two years of development work, Bryan Konietzko and I made the hard decision to leave the production", DiMartino explained in an open letter, posted on his personal website, in response to fans asking him about the state of the live-action Avatar: "The Last Airbender series.


"I realized I couldn't control the creative direction of the series, but I could control how I responded. So, I chose to leave the project", DiMartino continued.

"And who knows?" DiMartino adds. However, it's not his creation.

Fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and really everyone who knew about the live-action adaptation, are sure to be disappointed. If the creators of one of the world's most popular shows couldn't compromise with Netflix, what chance does a less powerful artist have? DiMartino's lengthy weblog write-up only confirmed individuals worries, as the writer and executive producer observed that "whatever model ends up on-display screen, it will not be what Bryan and I experienced envisioned or meant to make".

Additionally, Konietzko shared a statement of his own via his Instagram account.


DiMartino ascribed the decision to creative issues between them and Netflix throughout the last two years of development on the series.

"To be clear, this was not a simple matter of us not getting our way".

May we all keep moving and come to a better place. "As long as we felt those ideas were in line with the spirit and integrity of Avatar, we would have happily embraced them", Konietzko wrote. Unlike Shymalan's much-maligned offering, this would actually have original creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko involved in the process the entire way to make sure everything was done faithfully. "Perhaps the team that remains might still be able to make something fans of the original and an entirely new audience can enjoy", he offered.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the film stars Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone and Dev Patel.Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood's YouTube channel for more original video content! It started in February 2005 and concluded in July 2008.


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