Two years ago, Netflix announced ambitious plans to adapt Avatar: The Last Airbender as a live-action series. Netflix also lined up Avatar co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko to serve as showrunners on the new show. However, the series will now go forward without its original creators. Via The Wrap, DiMartino revealed that he and Konietzko left the series over creative differences with Netflix.
“Netflix said that it was committed to honoring our vision for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the series,” wrote DiMartino on his blog. “And we expressed how excited we were for the opportunity to be at the helm. Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped.”
DiMartino went on to say that “Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.”
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“I also want to be clear that this doesn’t mean the end of my involvement in the Avatar universe,” added DiMartino. “These stories and characters are important to me and the renewed interest and excitement in Avatar and Korra has been inspiring to see.”
Additionally, Konietzko shared a statement of his own via his Instagram account.
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Well, friends… there you have it. Big sigh. I’m sure many of you will understandably want to know more and will ask me questions in the comments, here and on subsequent posts and live-streams and in-person encounters and everywhere else ad infinitum. I wish I could explain things in greater detail, but the above statement is really all I can say about the matter so I won’t be answering any of those. I encourage you to head over to my partner Michael DiMartino’s account to get his take on our departure too: @mike_dante_d Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the Avatar: The Last Airbender fans, and I’m sorry our involvement in the live-action project did not work out. Time to get on with my life. Onward and upward. Love, Bryan #avatarthelastairbender #cocreators #michaeldimatino #bryankonietzko #bryke #atla #liveactionseries #netflix
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Netflix hasn’t announced who will replace DiMartino and Konietzko on the new series. The original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series is currently streaming on Netflix.
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