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'Avatar: The Last Airbender' creators quit Netflix live-action adaptation


The original creators of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" have quit the live-action series adaptation set for Netflix.

In a blog post on Thursday, Michael Dante DiMartino said that he and Bryan Konietzko "made the difficult decision to leave the production" last June.

"What I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make," he said.

 

DiMartino said that when they were signed to be executive producers and showrunners of the project in 2018, Netflix had stated that it will honor their vision for the retelling. 

"Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped," he said. 

After he "took some advice from Uncle Iroh," referencing the well-loved character popular for his wisdom, DiMartino said he reflected on "differentiating between what is within our control and what isn’t."

"I realized I couldn’t control the creative direction of the series, but I could control how I responded. So, I chose to leave the project. It was the hardest professional decision I've ever had to make, and certainly not one that I took lightly, but it was necessary for my happiness and creative integrity," he said.

He also clarified that this doesn't mean the end of his involvement in the Avatar universe.

"These stories and characters are important to me and the renewed interest and excitement in Avatar and Korra has been inspiring to see," he said.

"Avatar: The Last Airbender" was a popular animated series that aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. The whole show is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

In 2010, a live-action film titled "The Last Airbender" attempted to retell the story of Aang and his friends, but it flopped and received a flood of criticism for "whitewashing."

—JCB, GMA News

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