Why 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Netflix Reboot Is Already In Trouble

Netflix's live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender has been plagued with issues before it's even gotten off the ground.

Today, fans of the beloved animated series woke to the #CancelNetflixATLALiveAction trending on Twitter as many fear that a live-action remake won't be done justice, much like the much-maligned 2010 movie, which has a pitiful five percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The original animated series was released on Netflix this year, and its popularity led to the streaming giant announcing an upcoming live-action series—but it seems fans are still somewhat scarred by the movie.

This, compounded by the fact that series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have announced they are leaving the project.

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In a post on his personal blog titled, "An open letter to Avatar: The Last Airbender fans," DiMartino said: "In June of this year, after two years of development work, Bryan Konietzko and I made the difficult decision to leave the production."

He added: "In a joint announcement for the series, Netflix said that it was committed to honoring our vision for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the series. And we expressed how excited we were for the opportunity to be at the helm. Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped."

Konietzko also condemned Netflix for what he called a "negative and unsupportive environment."

Taking to Instagram, he wrote: "In a joint announcement for the series, Netflix said that it was committed to honoring our vision for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the series. And we expressed how excited we were for the opportunity to be at the helm. Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped."

He added: "To be clear, this was not a simple matter of us not getting our way. Mike and I are collaborative people; we did not need all of the ideas to come from us. As long as we felt those ideas were inline with the spirit and integrity of Avatar, we would have happily embraced them."

Netflix however, has confirmed they are still planning on going ahead with the remake.

"We have complete respect and admiration for Michael and Bryan and the story that they created in the Avatar animated series," the platform said in a statement. "Although they have chosen to depart the live-action project, we are confident in the creative team and their adaptation."

Netflix has not announced who will be taking over as showrunner on their Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is streaming on Netflix now.