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Avatar: The Last Airbender[5] is an upcoming series produced by Netflix in partnership with Nickelodeon, aiming to retell the story of Avatar: The Last Airbender in a live action format. Both Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were returning to helm this adaptation, until they departed from the series in 2020.[6] Production was originally scheduled to begin in 2019,[7] with the show formerly slated to air in 2020;[5] however, production officially began in November 16, 2021.[8][9]

Cast

Crew

  • Albert Kim, executive producer[4]
  • Dan Lin, producer[4]
  • Lindsey Liberatore, producer[4]
  • Michael Goi, producer and director[4]
  • Jabbar Raisani, director[4]
  • Jet Wilkinson, director[2]
  • Roseanne Liang, director[4]

Production

Before casting choices were made, it was stated by Daniel Richtman in a post that they were "looking for a mostly Asian cast and a 12-14 [year old] Asian kid to play Aang".[12] DiMartino and Konietzko corroborated this in a post of their own, saying that they wanted to make a show that featured a "culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast".[13]

The following people and studios are known to be involved in the show:

  • Jang Chol Lee as a Concept Designer.[3]
  • Eddie Bonin as VFX Production Executive for Season One.[14]

On August 12, 2020, DiMartino and Konietzko announced they left the production in June, citing creative differences with Netflix.[6]

On March 15, 2021, it was confirmed that Albert Kim will be the showrunner for the live-adaption of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix, with the production to begin August 16, 2021 in Vancouver, Canada.[15] On July 18, 2021, it was reported that the date of production is delayed, once again, to November 16, 2021, under the working title "Trade Winds", and will wrap by May, 2022.[16]

On August 12, 2021, Albert Kim penned an essay detailing why he chose to join the live-action adaptation project. He discussed how VFX technology is now mature enough, and how he sees this as an opportunity to tell a representative story. Alongside this essay, cast and crew for the project were announced.[4] On November 16, 2021, production officially commenced.[8][9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 CAPE on Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved on August 12, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Andreeva, Nellie (November 3, 2021). Daniel Dae Kim Joins Avatar: The Last Airbender Netflix Live-Action Series As Fire Lord Ozai. Deadline. Retrieved on November 4, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jang Lee's profile on LinkedIn. Retrieved on July 8, 2020.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 Netflix's 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Sets Creative Team, Cast for Live-Action Adaptation. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on August 12, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Avatar: The Last Airbender. Netflix. Retrieved on October 24, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 An open letter to Avatar: The Last Airbender fans. Michael Dante DiMartino. Retrieved on August 12, 2020.
  7. 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Live-Action Series In Works At Netflix. Deadline (September 18, 2018). Retrieved on September 18, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Albert Kim's Twitter. Albert Kim on Twitter (November 16, 2021). Retrieved on November 16, 2021.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Netflix Geeked's Twitter. Netflix Geeked (November 16, 2021). Retrieved on November 16, 2021.
  10. Netflix (November 3, 2021). Daniel Dae Kim has joined the cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender! He will play Fire Lord Ozai; Prince Zuko's father, the ruthlessly-driven leader of the Fire Nation!. Twitter. Retrieved on November 3, 2021.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Alexandra Del Rosario. Netflix’s 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Adds 'Kim’s Convenience' Alum Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Lim Kay Siu & Ken Leung To Cast; Begins Production. Deadline. Retrieved on November 16, 2021.
  12. Daniel Richtman's patreon. Patreon. Retrieved on March 3, 2020.
  13. Netflix planning live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender with original creators. The Verge (September 18, 2018). Retrieved on March 3, 2020.
  14. Eddie Bonin's profile on LinkedIn. Retrieved on July 8, 2020.
  15. Netflix announces Albert Kim as showrunner for live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender. Avatar News (March 15, 2021). Retrieved on March 15, 2021.
  16. Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender to Begin Filming Soon (July 18, 2021). Retrieved on July 19, 2021.
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