Live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender the series is alive and well … but it may not be exactly the same as the original. For those who need to get caught up, Netflix’s long-running live action Avatar: The Last Airbender remake is finally getting ready with not only a fully creative team in place but also a cast! This comes exactly one year after the original creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino left the new series, where Konietzko stated that “the overall handling of the project created what I felt was a negative and unsupportive environment.”
Whatever happened behind the scenes, a new creative team is moving forward and we got a little insight into what will make this show different from the original series. Albert Kim, showrunner, executive producer and author of the live-action series, talked about staying true to the original story of the original, but adapting it to the Netflix format. Specifically, he said,
“Netflix format meant we had an opportunity to imagine a story that had originally been told in independent half-hour episodes as an ongoing serial narrative. This meant that stories and emotional arcs we had loved in the original could have even more room to breathe and grow. ”
As much as SKIP is famous for its serialized storytelling in a children’s series, especially the first season featured single episodes. It is only later seasons that retroactively made these stand-alone stories important to the larger narrative (except, of course, the infamous ‘Great Divide’ episode). episodes, allowing for more emotional depth than even the original series had.
The other thing that is exciting is the mention of certain “story points” that give more room to breathe and grow. Could this be more extended in the world of SKIP? Or does it mean we might get longer versions of certain stories that were forced to pieces in half an hour? Seeing more of the ancient air temple, more time spent with the northern water trunk or perhaps more exploration of the Zuko!
There is so much opportunity to unfold the world and characters of SKIP while still being true to the original source material. Although some details will be changed as long as the core in SKIP is intact, that’s what matters. What would be the point of making a carbon copy of the original but in live action? It will be fascinating to see where Netflix and the new creative team take the show.
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