AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER to be 'Reimagined' as Live-Action NETFLIX Series

'Avatar: The Last Airbender' concept art
Credit: Netflix

Nickelodeon's 2005 animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender will be "reimagined" as a live-action series with creators and original showrunners Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko showrunning the new series.

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender,” Konietzko and DiMartino said in a joint statement (via Entertainment Weekly). “We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build upon everyone’s great work on the original animated series and go even deeper into the characters, story, action, and world-building. Netflix is wholly dedicated to manifesting our vision for this retelling, and we’re incredibly grateful to be partnering with them.”

“We are committed to honoring Bryan and Mike’s vision for this retelling and are thrilled to support them on creating a live-action event series, bringing Aang’s epic world of elemental magic to life for global audiences on Netflix,” added Melissa Cobb, Netflix's Vice President of Kids and Family Content.

Along with the statement, Netflix released the first concept art for the series by artist John Staub, which features Aang, the titular Airbender, and his flying buffalo Appa.

Avatar was previously adapted to film by director M. Night Shyamalan as The Last Airbender, though the film did not fare well with fans or critics.

Production will begin in 2019, with no projected release date yet announced.

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