I stumbled into watching the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. And those three seasons of the series were my experience of watching an animated series. Avatar: The Last Airbender is the last perfect show to have ever been produced, and over the past decade, Hollywood has been hell-bent on desecrating the perfect image of Aang and his friends.
No one asked for the M. Night Shyamalan live-action remake of the animated series in 2010. I still remember the horrific 3D in the film and the floating water blobs. M. Night Shyamalan was going through a rough patch then, and the movie almost killed his career for good, almost. But what the movie did for the fans was burn a horrific memory of an unnecessary adaptation into their brains.
Watch: The trailer for Avatar: The Last Airbender
We are the generation who grew up with Avatar: The Last Airbender, and that movie was a spit in the face of everyone who loved the Nickelodeon show. The reason the film did not work can be brought back to one single point, the producers of the movie, not allowing the original creators of the show any input in the making of the film.
Yes, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who created Avatar: The Last Airbender for Nickeloden, were shut out of the movie production. And it seems these people never learn their lessons because the two creators just dropped out from the production of the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender for Netflix.
Creators are Leaving Avatar: The Last Airbender and So are the Fans
Avatar is really coveted in the Fandom culture, it is one of the finest shows ever created, and ever since the movie debacle, everyone has been cautious about new Avatar. Even the fine followup to Avatar was first seen with contentious looks and only given the props it deserved in later seasons.
The creators of the show, Michael and Bryan, are also fan favorites, and their involvement in the Netflix live-action adaptation was the reason why almost all the fans were excited about the remake. But now the two groups have parted and so have the fans with the show; we have too much baggage with a horrific adaptation where the creators were locked out to trust the people left behind again.
No way I am going to destroy the memory of Aang and his friends flying along with Appa for a frankensteined show on Netflix. I would watch the original show again than to live through another live-action dumpster fire. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, and this time I won’t be fooled, so Netflix can keep its live-action remake to itself, most fans don’t want it.
What was the Reason for Michael and Bryan Leaving?
Well, the reason is simple, Netflix said Michael and Bryan would get their creative input, and again they were being shut out. Since the two creators do not own the remake rights for the series, which seems to be under Nickelodeon’s domain, the only path left for them was to leave.
“I realized I couldn’t control the creative direction of the series, but I could control how I responded. So, I chose to leave the project. It was the hardest professional decision I’ve ever had to make, and certainly not one that I took lightly, but it was necessary for my happiness and creative integrity,” Michael wrote in an open-letter for fans.
Meanwhile, Iroh‘s voice actor Greg Baldwin was pissed about the situation and made his point clear by saying he does not trust Netflix to bring Avatar: The Last Airbender to the screen without inputs from the creators. He also mentioned “suits” and studio people ruining people’s creativity by trying to make their version of things.
It seems Iroh voice actor Greg Baldwin is one of many ATLA fans who are not going to watch the show without the creators of the original attached.
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