could we see a Live Action Avatar on Netflix?
Back in 2018, Netflix announced they were making a live-action Avatar series. While there was skepticism at first, the creators Michael Dante Dimartino and Bryan Konietzko were back as showrunners. But that didn’t last very long, the showrunners left production two years later. Michael Dante Dimartino explained on his website that Netflix didn’t keep up to their promises. It’s been three years since the announcement, with very little information regarding the production since then. However the show has gotten a new showrunner, Albert Kim (Sleepy Hollow).
Sources at GWW were able to learn the plot and character descriptions of the upcoming series. Avatar: The Last Airbender doesn’t have a good past with live-action adaptations. I hope despite the creative differences that took place between the creators and Netflix, doesn’t cause the show to be hopeless. Despite the creators leaving production, they’re still attached as writers for the series. Maybe in this Avatar, Netflix is keeping some of their ideas. The series will be 10 episodes long, in 1 hour format. It’s expecting to start production in November of this year.
from cartoon to live action avatar on netflix
A reimagined live-action series based on the award-winning and beloved Nickelodeon animated series ‘AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER’ which follows the adventures of the main protagonist Aang and his friends, who must save the world by defeating Fire Lord Ozai and the destructive war with the Fire Nation.
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS from avatar netflix:
Male, Asian. Lead Character is 12, male, of East Asian or South Asian heritage. Aang is a typical twelve-year-old boy. A bit goofy, a bit nerdy, restless in school, always eager to join his friends for fun and games. He’s nimble, energetic, and quick in the schoolyard. Adopted at birth, Aang has struggled with questions as to how he fits in. But his loving parents have worked hard to make him feel accepted. Aang has grown up to become generous, kind-hearted and cheerful. Aang had also been gifted with an incredible mystical power. He doesn’t really understand it, but it could be the key to saving the world from a global conflict. It’s a responsibility he’s reluctant to accept because it’ll take him away from his family, friends, and everything he knows. All he wants is to just be a regular kid - it’ll be tough to cast in a live action variant for Avatar Netflix.
Female, Native American. Character is 14, female, of heritage indigenous to North America.
Katara is smart, athletic, determined, and hopeful. She’s had to keep her family together ever since her mother was killed in a mysterious supernatural event several years ago, a trauma that haunts Katara every day. Recently, she has started to develop strange new powers that both intrigue and scare her. She’s looking for someone to help her understand these changes. But she has also started to find hope in the thought her new skills could lead to a brighter future for her and her family. SERIES REGULAR
Male, Native American. Character is 16, male, of heritage indigenous to North America.
Katara’s gangly and strong older brother. Sokka is a teenager who’s forced to grow up too fast. Since his mother’s death, he had to become the leader of the famly. Which has led him to butt heads with his sister, who resents his overprotective nature. He’s concerned about her new powers, worried they might put her in harm’s way. Despite everything, he and Katara have a natural rapport, and they trust each other. He has a sharp, sardonic wit, which he often uses as a defense mechanism during uncomfortable situations. But it also makes him entertaining and likeable.
Who do you think would play a good Sokka on a live action version of Avatar by Netflix?
Male, Asian. Character is 17, of East Asian or South Asian heritage. In excellent shape, focused, and driven. Zuko has been driven to be an overachiever by his overbearing father; a career military man. Failure is never an option, and it doesn’t matter who you hurt to get to the top. Zuko has struggled to reconcile that philosophy with his kind-hearted nature. That conflict has made him intense and guarded; which is why he comes off as brusque and arrogant. When Zuko discovers he has developed mysterious powers and is competing with Aang for a key role in their project, Zuko’s father tells him to stop at nothing to win. And if he doesn’t, he shouldn’t bother coming
While these descriptions are interesting, it has me questioning some decisions. Aang has adoptive parents? Katara’s mother dies in a mysterious supernatural event? Originally, Katara’s mother died in a raid by the Southern Raiders. That’s a strange change they’ve made. Considering that Zuko’s father sent him on the mission for power, I hope that means Uncle Iroh is still in the show. I hope a live action Avatar on Netflix answers these questions and more.