Werthead Posted August 12, 2020 Share Posted August 12, 2020 Original Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have bailed from the Netflix live-action remake, which they are supposed to be showrunning, after saying they "lost creative control of the process." Reading between the lines of their statement, it seems that although they were the showrunners, their lack of live-action experience meant that other people felt entitled to make decisions that went against their wishes, and effectively meant they were no longer in charge of the project. It also sounds like some of the other people involved from Netflix's end were not keen on maintaining the spirit of the animated show and wanted to go in a different direction. Most concerningly, it sounds like casting may have been the ultimate flashpoint. DiMartino has made a point of mentioning in several recent interviews (since both Avatar and Korra moved to Netflix and started getting huge ratings) that the live-action show was supposed to be ethnically consistent with the series (i.e. non-white actors in all the key roles), which is odd because by that point he was off the project. I'm starting to think that Netflix may have rolled back on this and wanted bigger names, even if they were inappropriate for the roles. Basically, it sounds like Shyamalan all over again. There is a hint that DiMartino and Konietzko may now be considering creating a third animated show in the universe instead, which would at least be one good outcome. john, JGP and Poobah 1 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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