We may have another situation in our hands from M. Night Shyamalan. Early Wednesday morning, Avatar: The last Airbender makers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko revealed that they are no longer involved as showrunners / executive producers on Netflix's live-action adaptation of their beloved children's animated series, originally from 2005 until 2008 ran on Nickelodeon. This is a major blow to fans who have been looking forward to the creator-approved adaptation since it was ordered by the streamer in 2018.
DiMartino writes in one Open letter On its blog, Netflix said in a joint announcement for the series that it had set itself the goal of honoring our vision for this retelling and helping us create the series. And we expressed how excited we were to have the opportunity to be at the top. Unfortunately, things didn't turn out as we'd hoped. "DiMartino makes sure we don't get our own way. Mike and I are collaborative people. We didn't need all of the ideas to make this happen." As long as we felt these ideas were consistent with the spirit and integrity of Avatar, we would have gladly accepted them. Ultimately, however, we came to believe that we couldn't meaningfully determine the direction of the avatar series. "
Konietzko followed on Instagram with his own statement, explaining why he and DiMartino regrettably had to step down from the project due to an unsupportive environment.
Although both creators announced their disappointment with grace, it is bittersweet: we will still see a highly anticipated show, but with the knowledge that it was produced without the vision or blessing of the original creator. DiMartino explains, “Netflix's live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show that many of you end up enjoying. But I can be sure that whatever version that appears on the screen will not be what Bryan and I envisioned or intended. "Hmmmmmm.
If you want to consume avatar content that would be sure to earn the Dimartino / Konietzko stamp of approval, check out this 3D replica of the first 11 seconds of the show's iconic opening credits, created by CG lighter Jacob E. Mann.
It was such a great time !! We have redone the opening in Avatar: The Last Airbender in 3D! pic.twitter.com/eHzRlW3gbe
– Jacob E Mann (@jacoberinmann) August 1, 2020
You can now watch all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix or DVD. The sequel to Legend of Korra will hit Netflix on August 14th.
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