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Avatar Creators Part With Netflix


My Reaction to the Departure of Avatar’s Creators Cutting Ties With Netflix

When I heard that Netflix was making a live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I was weary of the news. After all, M. Night Shyamalan butchered the beloved show with his crime against cinema. But then we heard that the series creators were going to be executive producers, and my hopes went up. This was what fans have been wanting for years. But then, earlier this week, we got this announcement:

You heard them, folks. Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino, co-creators of Avatar, are quitting on the Netflix adaptation. As a result, fans around the world have gone into near-mourning about it. As an Avatar fan myself, I don’t blame them: this made me want to give up on the adaptation as well! However, it was Michael and Bryan’s words that kept me (hesitantly) on board. They have a lot of respect for some of the people working on this remake, and I’d hate to see talented people get blacklisted because of the fans hatred. So, I decided to at least give Netflix a chance.

Then, this article from Fandomwire started making the rounds on Twitter.

At the time I’m writing this, I don’t know if this article is truthful or not. If it is, though, and this is why the creator’s left the show, then I don’t blame them. I had secretly been hoping that a live-action Avatar could become the new Game of Thrones, but without all the sex and gore. The cartoon was already plenty mature, and Netflix has to pull this off. Could they be trying to bring in the old fans with more mature stuff? I don’t know.

This Won’t Stop Avatar

even if this article’s true, and the creator’s departure just killed any chance of a live-action series, I don’t think Avatar is doomed. It’s been going through a renassiance all summer, and with new stories and graphic novels poised to come out in the coming months, I see no signs of it losing momentum. In other words, yeah I’m upset about the news, but this won’t destroy Avatar. It may make fans wait years for a proper adaptation, but if the Netflix series bombs, then we can show people how awesome the original was.

Also, I respect Michael and Bryan for their decision to stick to their integrity.

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5 thoughts on “Avatar Creators Part With Netflix Leave a comment

  1. You know I’m on the final episode of the original series on Netflix? Then I hear THIS and any excite I had for the live action series has turned to cautious optimism. I’ll still check it out because I don’t think it’ll be as bad as that afront to nature from Shyamalan(only a certain “Dragon Ball” attempt can make that movie seem pleasant), but I’ve lost some anticipation for it.

  2. Well, an Avatar live-action show would be hard to do with the best of circumstances. Now, who knows. But, I’ve never been a die hard fan of the show. Or, at least I never felt like I loved it as much as everyone else. I’d rather see the series continue in animated form.

    • Honestly, if done right, it could make Game of Thrones look like child’s play. I mean, look at the memes comparing the two shows together, and you’ll see that Avatar has Game of Thrones trumped.

      • Depends on which version of GoT (book or show) and it’s hard to do a legit comparison when neither are complete.

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