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Netflix responds to creators leaving Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series

August 13th, 2020 by Marc Comments

We here at FTN are very, very excited about the live-action Netflix adaptation of one of our favourite animated shows, Avatar: The LAst Airbender.

However, yesterday we had some bad news as it was revealed that original creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who were overseeing the new series, left the production due to – you guessed it – creative differences, saying in a statement that Netflix had failed to keep their promise of giving them creative control over the live-action series.

Now, this was a blow because part of the reason we were excited were because of their involvement – remember the live action Last Airbender movie? Yeah, no-one wanted that again.

However, this did not fill us – or anyone else in the fandom – with confidence.

However, Netflix are here to assure us that it’s all good.

Netflix spokesperson said in a statement: “We have complete respect and admiration for Michael and Bryan and the story that they created in the Avatar animated series.

“Although they have chosen to depart the live-action project, we are confident in the creative team and their adaptation.”

The animated series hit Netflix a few weeks ago an instantly went right to the top of their viewing charts, so the streamer absolutely knows how important and loved the franchise is, so we can only imagine how bad things got for them to let DiMartino and Konietzko walk.

While I’m sure that Netflix could handle Avatar: The Last Airbender series, the departure of these two will definitely raise a few eyebrows in the fandom. But, let’s be honest, you know we’ll all watch anyway.

What say you all? Is this bad news for Avatar: The Last Airbender series? Let me know your thoughts…

Source: Variety

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….