Longtime fans and newcomers alike have had the opportunity to enjoy Avater: The Last Airbender, which is available to stream in crystal clear high definition on Netflix. But of course, many fans have been waiting patiently for word on Netflix’s live-action TV adaptation. While news has been scarce as of late, original show creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have now provided an update that’s sure to disappoint fans.
Both Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko announced that they have departed Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender remake. The two were originally announced to be involved back in 2018 and were set to serve as showrunners and executive producers on the series. DiMartino announced the news in a lengthy statement on his website:
DiMartino would go on to explain that the split between the creatives and the streamer stems from creative differences, as the project was not coming together the way the pair had hoped:
As he went on, Michael Dante DiMartino would continue to express his disappointment with the way things turned out, but he seems to have accepted that things change. He also wished the project well and stressed that this wouldn’t mark the end of his involvement with the franchise:
Bryan Konietzko shared similar sentiments in a lengthy statement posted to his Instagram account. He also noted that while he was able to work with some great people, he felt the overall handling of the project created what he believed to be a “negative and unsupportive environment.” You can read his original post below:
Despite this recent development, Netflix still has faith in the creative team behind the project, per THR. A Netflix spokesperson also released a statement addressing the creative shakeup:
Anticipation for this reimagining of Avatar: The Last Airbender was at a serious high among fans, with some even going as far as to send in auditions for the show. The loss of DiMartino and Konietzko is definitely a major blow for the long-gestating project, and it does leave a bit of uncertainty for the show moving forward. We’ll keep posted on new updates as they arrive.
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