NETFLIX says bye-bye to the creators of the beloved animated series, so their live-action re-do will go on without them. The villain?! The dreaded ‘creative differences.’
About two years ago, a live-action series based on Avatar: The Last Airbender was greenlit at Netflix, with the animated series creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko to serve as showrunners on the new live-action show. But alas, that is no longer to be.
Michael Dante DiMartino said this on his blog…
“Netflix said that it was committed to honoring our vision for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the series. And we expressed how excited we were for the opportunity to be at the helm. Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped.
Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.”
YIKES! This sounds ugly y’all. And Bryan Konietzko echoed this sentiment in an instagram post. Capping it off with the following….
“Well, friends… there you have it. Big sigh. I’m sure many of you will understandably want to know more and will ask me questions in the comments, here and on subsequent posts and live-streams and in-person encounters and everywhere else ad infinitum. I wish I could explain things in greater detail, but the above statement is really all I can say about the matter…”
So there you have it. Bad Blood is flowing. Is this another ‘M. Night Shyamalan’ level screw-up all over again? Only time will tell.