“Avatar: The Last Airbender” creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are no longer involved in the planned adaptation of the series’ live action on Netflix.
“Many of you have asked me for updates regarding the Netflix live action series ‘Avatar,'” DiMartino wrote in an open letter on his website Wednesday morning. “I can finally tell you that I am no longer involved in the project. In June of this year, after two years of development work, Bryan Konietzko and I made the difficult decision to leave production.”
DiMartino went on to say that when he and Konietzko first signed on to make the Netflix series he committed to working with them on their vision for the show. “Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped,”; he wrote.
“Look, things are happening. The productions are challenging, “he continued.” Unforeseen events arise. Plans must change. And when those things have happened at other points in my career, I try to be like an Air Nomad and adapt. I do my best to go. “with the flow, no matter what obstacle comes my way. But even an Air Nomad knows when it’s time to reduce their losses and move on.”
He also assured fans that he is still involved in the “Avatar” universe, which has seen renewed interest since “The Last Airbender” became available on Netflix, with “Legend of Korra” set to join this week.
“And who knows? Avatar Netflix’s live action adaptation has the potential to be good,” he wrote. “It could be a show that many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be sure of is that whatever version ends up on screen, it’s not going to be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to do.”
He closed by quoting the character of the show Iroh, who said: “Sometimes life is like this dark tunnel. You may not always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you just move you will come to a better place. “
Netflix did not respond immediately varietyrequest for comment.
The live-action version of the Nickelodeon hit animated series was first commissioned on Netflix in September 2018. The animated version aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from February 2005 to July 2008. The series received considerable acclaim during its run. his, choosing multiple Annie Awards, Genesis Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. The sequel, “Legend of the Harvest”, broadcast for four seasons from 2012-2014.