'Avatar The Last Airbender': Everything We Know So Far About Netflix's Live Action Remake

The original animated Avatar: The Last Airbender was released recently onto Netflix and has proved a popular show for the streamer–the show is currently at number seven on the U.S. Netflix charts. With the original show finding a whole new audience, there is more anticipation than ever for the stream service's upcoming live-action Last Airbender show.

This new Avatar: The Last Airbender was first announced in September 2018. The show will be made by the series' original creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who have pledged to make the show "culturally appropriate, [with a] non-whitewashed cast." They also teased that the series was a "once-in-a-lifetime chance to build upon everyone's great work on the original animated series and go even deeper into the characters, story, action, and world-building."

At that time, Netflix also posted the first piece of concept art from the show, which sees Aang stood alongside the giant flying bison Appa.

Production on the show was meant to begin in 2019, but the show did not end up shooting last year, and there was little news from the development of the show.

Then, in summer 2019, Konietzko shared an image on Instagram with a caption reading: "Mike and Brandon [Hoang, writer and concept artist] walking between meetings from a short while back... We're moving into a new office space, transitioning into the next phase of production. Our core team is growing. We're writing, planning, and testing.

"Though there's plenty that's new for us in this live-action process, we've been on this long rollercoaster ride twice before and a lot of the climbs and twists and turns feel familiar. Right now, everything seems slow, and we're itching to speed up; before we know it, everything will be moving too fast and happening all at once.

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Mike and Brandon walking between meetings from a short while back... We’re moving into a new office space, transitioning into the next phase of production. Our core team is growing. We’re writing, planning, and testing. Though there’s plenty that’s new for us in this live action process, we’ve been on this long rollercoaster ride twice before and a lot of the climbs and twists and turns feel familiar. Right now, everything seems slow, and we’re itching to speed up; before we know it, everything will be moving too fast and happening all at once. For those who are eager to see this new series and are asking if we have a trailer yet: thank you for your enthusiasm, sincerely, but you wouldn’t want to see a version of this series that was made within 9 months. Too much Hollywood fare is fast-tracked and the results speak for themselves. Thankfully for us and this series, Netflix is committed to doing it right. We’re trying to make something special that will stand the test of time. A live-action Avatar series is a daunting, incredibly complex thing to pull off — a fantasy travel show with tons of VFX, CG creatures, martial arts, etc. — and to do it right takes a ton of planning. On both the original series and Korra, when we were at this stage in the production the projects hadn’t even been announced yet. The difference with this Netflix series is that you all heard about it just a little bit after we started. So it will seem like a longer wait, but we can assure you that everyone is making good use of that time so we can craft something beautiful and emotionally powerful. Also, so we can make sure Appa is cute. We’ll be starting the casting process before too long, so if you’re aspiring to be a part of this thing, keep taking acting lessons and some martial arts/movement classes. We’ll announce how, when, and where to audition soon-ish. Thanks! Love, Bryan ✨💙✨ #avatarthelastairbender #netflix #liveactionseries

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"For those who are eager to see this new series and are asking if we have a trailer yet: thank you for your enthusiasm, sincerely, but you wouldn't want to see a version of this series that was made within 9 months. Too much Hollywood fare is fast-tracked and the results speak for themselves. Thankfully for us and this series, Netflix is committed to doing it right."

He added: "The difference with this Netflix series is that you all heard about it just a little bit after we started. So it will seem like a longer wait, but we can assure you that everyone is making good use of that time so we can craft something beautiful and emotionally powerful."

Casting is believed to have been happening in early 2020, and ProductionWeekly reported later in the year that the show is still intending to go into production this year.

Little has been revealed about what will happen in the new version of the Nickelodeon show. However, We Got This Covered reported that the show will feature a number of LGBTQ+ characters, followed on from their lesbian character of Korra from The Legend of Korra.

Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series is coming soon to Netflix.