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Netflix is working on a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender TV show

Avatar: The Last Airbender was an amazing cartoon series. M. Night Shyamalan’s 2010 live-action film adaptation was something we shall not talk about.

However, Aang and friends may finally get a decent slice of live-action goodness as Netflix are working on a new TV show. I am still not sure why we need a live-action version when the cartoon show was so good, but I’ll give a watch.

The world is divided into four nations — the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation and and the Air Nomads — each represented by a natural element for which the nation is named. Benders have the ability to control and manipulate the element from their nation. Only the Avatar is the master of all four elements. The ruthless Fire Nation wants to conquer the world but the only bender who has enough power, the Avatar, has disappeared … until now. His tribe soon discovers that Aang is the long-lost Avatar. Now Katara and Sokka must safeguard Aang on his journey to master all four elements and save the world from the Fire Nation.

Jon Staub did the concept art above.

The new show is co-created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko who brought us the original cartoon. They said:

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. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build upon everyone’s great work on the original animated series and go even deeper into the characters, story, action, and world-building. Netflix is wholly dedicated to manifesting our vision for this retelling, and we’re incredibly grateful to be partnering with them.

No word on a cast at the moment, but production is due to begin in 2019.

What are your thoughts on a live-action show?

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