Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are no longer working on adaptation series for Netflix.
The creators announced their departure on Wednesday, sparking concern among fans. DiMartino’s long blog post confirmed only those concerns, as the writer and executive producer noted that “whatever version ends up on screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had anticipated or intended to do.” Both DiMartino and Konietzko cited creative changes with Netflix regarding project direction. The news may have come as a shock to him Avatar fans, considering that when Netflix announced the project in 2018, the involvement of DiMartino and Konietzko was highly promoted.
“When Bryan and I signed on to the project in 2018, we were hired as executive producer and presenter,” DiMartino wrote. “In a joint announcement for the series, Netflix said it was committed to upholding our vision for this comeback and supporting us in creating the series. And we expressed how excited we were about the opportunity to be at the top. Unfortunately, “Things did not go as we had hoped.”
Adaptations often move forward with different creative teams, but the statements of DiMartino and Konietzko will feel familiar to Percy jackson Fans. Back in 2018, Percy jackson author Rick Riordan published his long blog post, about the issues he faced early in the production of the first live-action film, which was released in 2010. Riordan wrote that once he “saw the final script and saw what they were doing on the set, I realized I had to go far for my peace of mind. ”
Other creators like Alan Moore (Watchmen, The gland of things, V for Vendetta) have fully adapted adaptations of their work. DiMartino admitted that while he “could not control the creative direction of the series”, he could control his reaction and decided to leave. “It was the hardest professional decision I have ever had to make, and certainly not the one I made easily, but it was necessary for my happiness and creative integrity,” DiMartino wrote.
“We have full respect and admiration for Michael and Bryan and the story they created in the animated series ‘Avatar,'” a Netflix spokesman told Verge. “Even though they have chosen to leave the live action project, we have confidence in the creative team and their adaptation.”
Konietzko added DiMartino’s disappointments and wrote on Instagram that it was not that they had complete control over the series. They were fine with the collaboration “as long as we feel those ideas were in line with the spirit and integrity of Avatar, “he wrote. As things progressed, both Konietzko and DiMartino” came to believe that we would not be able to meaningfully guide the running of the series. “The project is moving forward with Nickelodeon and producer Dan Lin.
Fans have a right to worry: one last time a direct action Avatar: The Last Airbender tried without DiMartino and Konietzko, did not go well. Sorry, M. Nata Shyamalan.
Update (August 12, 4:50 pm ET): The story has been updated to include a statement from Netflix.