"Netflix better do the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender justice. Will not stand for a repeat of the piece of shite Shyamalan adaptation." A fan sums it all up.
14 July 2019 by Fachana Techamaneewat
The American animated TV series, Avatar: The Last Airbender that aired on Nickolodeon is a beloved animation to fans. So when Netflix announced they would be releasing a live-action remake, fans were anxious.
First of all, what's Avatar: The Last Airbender?
It's an animation that's based on a 12-year-old boy named Aang, who also happens to be an Avatar and the last Airbender in the world. He and his friends, Sokka and Katara, must stop the Firelord and end the 100-year war so that the Four Nations: Fire Nation, Earth Kingdom, Water Tribes and Air Nomads can finally live in peace.
The series aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons and was met with great success.
Since then, there was a live-action. Does anyone need to be reminded with M. Night Shyamalan and his disastrous remake of The Last Airbender in 2010?
We have one word to say about the matter and that's 'white-washing'. Although it's been a decade since the poor remake, it's still fresh in fans' minds.
And so, fans are rightly anxious that this new Netflix's remake will meet the same fate as its predecessor.
Check out what Avatar: The Last Airbender fans tweeted below:
Meanwhile, other fans had little faith in Netflix's ability to remake animations after their adaptation of Death Note.
The remake had a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 24% for audience score.
Fun fact: Despite the poor reviews, Netflix ordered a Death Note sequel.
However, there is some good news for Avatar: The Last Airbender fans.
The original creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will be at the helm for the entire process. Jenna Boyd, another original in the team, has also signed up as an executive. Netflix has also agreed to give a lot of control to the creators this time round.
In M. Night Shyamalan's version, he failed to translate the humour that the animation is greatly known for onto the big screen. There was also a lack of chemistry between the cast members. However, this time with the original creators on board, they'll be able to replicate it easily.
Even Giancarlo Volpe, the director of 19 episodes for the original animation, tweeted this out:
Who else is excited with this review?
And even Aaron Ehasz, the head writer for the original animation spoke up about the Netflix remake in an interview by Inverse:
“I think it’s an opportunity for the fans [to see] a live-action telling of this story right.
"[It's] going to be a combination of how they cast it, how they creatively cast it, who are the producers and writers involved."
With this said, Aaron sees a lot of potential for the remake.
"So it has a lot going for it.”
Maybe this time, the characters will pronounce Sokka's name right.
Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action is expected to be released in 2020 or later.
Fachana Techamaneewat is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is responsible for researching and writing news articles while providing story updates wherever necessary.
Fun fact: On the weekends, she's an avid writer for practically anything. Her current obsession is the Umbrella Academy, and as of now, is writing a book.