Netflix announced on Tuesday (September 18) that it will adapt Nickelodeon’s popular anime-influenced series, “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” into a live-action show. For those worried that this series will follow the example Indian-American filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan set with his 2010 adaptation, “The Last Airbender,” and cast White actors in Asian and Indigenous lead roles: fear not.
“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 said, referencing the series’ main character, in a joint statement to Indiewire and other media outlets on Tuesday (September 18). “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.”
Indiewire reports that production begins on the series next year.
A reimagined, live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series is coming to Netflix!— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) September 18, 2018
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