Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spin-off The Legend of Korra are some of the best-received animated shows in recent memory, with huge and loyal fanbases. The former also spawned one of the absolute worst live-action film adaptations (from M. Night Shyamalan) ever made, on the same level of say, the Super Mario Bros. movie. But now, that scary world of flesh and blood will once again see the warring elements and nations of Avatar.
Netflix announced today via their newsy SeeWhatsNext Twitter account that a “reimagined, live-action” Avatar series is coming to the streaming service. And they gave us some concept art to boot!
Check it out:
John Staub’s concept art of Aang and Appa on the tundra is the kind of start that bodes well for the series, as it looks like it’ll echo many of the stylistic choices and thematic threads of the animated show. That's likely because the show is coming from original creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who will serve as showrunners and executive producers. The pair released a statement which should assuage worried fans:
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. 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," the pair wrote, referencing the crimes against the original (and good taste) perpetrated by the movie.
But honestly, who knows? All we have is one picture, a spotty track record, and shattered dreams to go on. Fingers crossed that it rules. Do you have high hopes?