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Avatar: The Last Airbender Creators Flee The Netflix Adaption

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Uh-oh, THIS isn’t good.

In 2018, Netflix proudly announced they had begun development on a live-action series remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the legendary cartoon by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The series frequently ranks #1 in lists of top ten animated shows from the 2000s, if not all time. A live-action remake was….kind of unnecessary, but when the creators behind it, there was reason to be optimistic.

Now there isn’t. DiMartino and Konietzko announced today they are departing the project, apparently over creative differences between their vision and Netflix’s. Konietzko was more specific, stating they were open to new interpretations, but whatever Netflix wanted was too much.

“To be clear, this was not a simple matter of us not getting our way,” Konietzko said. “Mike and I are very collaborative people; we did not need all of these ideas to come from us. As long as we felt those ideas were in line with the spirit and integrity of Avatar, we would have happily embraced them. However, we ultimately came to the belief that we would not be able to meaningfully guide the direction of the series.”

DiMartino stated in a blog post, “Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped Productions are challenging. Unforeseen events arise. Plans have to change. And when those things have happened at other points during my career, I try to be like an Air Nomad and adapt. I do my best to go with the flow, no matter what obstacle is put in my way. But even an Air Nomad knows when it’s time to cut their losses and move on.” Wow, how bad must it be in there?

The last time something Aang-related was produced without DiMartino and Konietzko’s help, it was the 2010 live-action movie bungled by M. Night Shaymalan. Be very afraid.