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    Netflix has announced it is reviving the popular Nickelodeon animated show “Avatar: The Last Airbender” as a live-action series. Original creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will serve as showrunners and executive producers of the live-action program, which is set to begin production in 2019.

    “Avatar: The Last Airbender” debuted on Nickelodeon in February 2005 and ran for three seasons, ending in July 2008. The series follows the adventures of Aang, an “airbender” who is capable of manipulating all four elements. Aang teams up with two friends, Katara and Sokka, on a mission to defeat the Fire Nation.

    “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,” DiMartino and Konietzko said in a statement. “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.”

    The showrunners’ promise not to whitewash the live-action cast comes eight years after M. Night Shyamalan’s 2010 movie adaptation infamously cast white actors such as Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone as characters of Asian descent. Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender” is commonly referenced in discussions of Hollywood’s whitewashing problem.

    Netflix’s “Avatar” is being produced in partnership with Nickelodeon. The series kicks off production next year.

    Source: Indiewire

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    I always felt that if the series would ever be given a second chance, Netflix would be the way to go given how much they believe in creator driven content.

    I know a lot of people blame M. Night Shyamalan for the 2010 film, but reports have indicated that all the problems came from studio meddling.
    https://www.mnightfans.com/the-true-story-of-the-last-airbender-revealed/

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    I can’t wait. Hopefully it’s good.

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    Diet Teridax
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    The original animated series was beautiful and inventive and mostly perfect, is this really necessary? I wish David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were tackling this after Game of Thrones instead that Confederate show, I think a lot more people would be excited for their epic take on the story of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

    Note to myself: Don’t ever feed the trolls. Don’t get involved in others drama. Don’t let myself be swayed by others predictions, trust my gut more often!

    Note to all others: If you don’t happen to like me, ignore me. It is that simple.

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    This could be the next Game of Thrones fantasy epic with the correct execution. It has such rich characters, story and world to explore. This show is filled with so much depth, it can only be serviceable as a tv show. Hopefully they can do right this time.
    They should divide up the show into four to five seasons of 10 episodes to flesh out the storylines and keep some of the filler episodes, “Zuko Alone”, “Ember Island Players”, “Tales of Ba Sing Se”. It was one of the few animated shows that used filler episodes to flesh out the characters.

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