“Avatar: The Last Airbender” creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are not any longer involved the planned live-action adaptation of the series at Netflix.
“Many of you've got been asking me for updates about the ‘Avatar’ live-action Netflix series,” DiMartino wrote in an letter on his website early Wednesday morning. “I can finally tell you that i'm not involved the project. In June of this year, after two years of development work, Bryan Konietzko and that i made the difficult decision to go away the assembly .
” DiMartino went on to mention that when he and Konietzko first signed on to form the series, Netflix was committed to working with them on their vision for the show. “Unfortunately, things didn't go as we had hoped,” he wrote. “
Look, things happen. Productions are challenging,” he continued. “Unforeseen events arise. Plans need to change. And when those things have happened at other points during my career, I attempt to be like an Air Nomad and adapt. I do my best to travel with the flow, regardless of what obstacle is put in my way. But even an Air Nomad knows when it’s time to chop their losses and advance .
” He also assured fans that he's still involved within the “Avatar” universe, which has seen renewed interest since “The Last Airbender” became available on Netflix, with “Legend of Korra” set to hitch it in the week .
“And who knows? Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good,” he wrote. “It might end up to be a show many of you finish up enjoying. But what I are often certain about is that whatever version finishes up on-screen, it'll not be what Bryan and that i had envisioned or intended to form .
” He closed by quoting the show's character, Iroh, who said, “Sometimes life is like this dark tunnel. You can’t always see the sunshine at the top of the tunnel, but if you only keep moving you'll come to a far better place.”
Netflix didn't immediately answer Variety‘'s request for comment.
The live-action version of the hit Nickelodeon animated series was first ordered at Netflix in September 2018. The animated version aired for 3 seasons on Nickelodeon from February 2005 to July 2008. The series received substantial acclaim during its run, learning multiple Annie Awards, Genesis Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award. The sequel series, “Legend of Korra,” aired for four seasons from 2012-2014.