Netflix’s live adaptation of Avatar: the Last Airbender is ready to go filming this fall in Vancouver, according to the Hollywood North Buzz blog. The adaptation is based on the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008.
The original animation co-creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, originally signed on to oversee the series, but left the Netflix adaptation in June 2020.. The Netflix adaptation will see Albert Kim as showrunner and Dan Lin, Ryan Halprin and Lindsey Liberatore as producers, according to Hollywood North Buzz.
The Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise has expanded into comics, video games, a sequel series, and a live-action adaptation directed by M. Night Shyamalan, which was notably criticized by critics. The original series wasin 2020, rekindling its popularity. In February of this year, the development of an animated Avatar film by a new division of Nickelodeon called Avatar Studios, of which DiMartino and Konietzko are co-directors.
According to Hollywood North Buzz, Netflix’s live-action series, set to begin filming in mid-November, “takes place in a fantasy world, home to humans, fantastic animals and supernatural spirits.” There are three pre-industrialized nations: the Earth Kingdom, the Water Tribes, and the Air Nomads, and one industrialized nation, the Fire Nation, which can manufacture various machines.
In every nation, men and women called Benders can manipulate their native element. Only one person can manipulate all four. Called Avatar, they are “the spirit of the planet manifested in human form.”