You read that title correctly, but don’t panic. M. Night Shyamalan has nothing to do with this series.
On Tuesday, multiple sources announced that an “Avatar: The Last Airbender” remake will be made for Netflix.
According to Variety.com, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the show’s original creators, will be the new series’ showrunners and executive producers. They, in a partnership with Nickelodeon, will begin production in 2019.
For newcomers, the Variety sums up the show’s story and plot the best:
“The show follows the adventures of Aang–the titular Avatar and last Airbender–and his friends, who live in a world divided into four nations, each corresponding with one of the four elements: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. Special people in each nation, known as benders, have the ability to manipulate one of the elements through martial arts. The Avatar is able to control all four elements and is meant to bring balance to the world. Aang and company must save the world by defeating Fire Lord Ozai and end a destructive war waged by the Fire Nation.”
From my generation onward, the show, with its complex characters, beautiful animation, moving plot, and deep storyline that both kids and adults can follow, is such a cultural landmark of animated achievement that calling it just a kids’ show feels like an insult.
“Avatar: The Last Airbender” originally aired on Nickelodeon from February 2005 until its finale in July 2008. According to Variety, it “received substantial acclaim during its run, picking up multiple Annie Awards, Genesis Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award.”
The first season of the series was adapted into a film by Shyamalan in 2010, but its terrible CGI, poor directing, poor acting, whitewashed cast, and overall terrible adaptation earned the movie the hatred of fans and critics everywhere.
Now, with the original creators on board, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” can finally receive the live adaptation it deserves.