‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Netflix Series: Everything we Know so Far

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Picture: Netflix

Netflix has really thrown their weight around with the acquiring live-action adaptations of popular animated franchises. Such titles like Resident Evil, Cow Boy Bebop are in the works but one of the most anticipated titles heading this way is the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Stay up to date with all the latest news and information as we share everything we know so far on Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is an upcoming Netflix Original live-action fantasy-adventure series based on the animated series of the same name. It’s one of several projects Netflix has picked up from the Nickelodeon library.

Co-created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the animated series was one of the most popular cartoons of the mid-2000s. The series spawned an equal popular spin-off series in 2012 known as The Legend of Korra.

What is the plot of Avatar: The Last Airbender?

The plot of the live-action remake will follow the adventures of its animated counterpart.

In the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender civilization is split divided amongst for nations. Named after the elements the four nations are the Air Nomads, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and the Water Tribes. In each nation, only a select few people known as the “Benders” can use their nation’s element by using the regional martial arts and their telekinetic powers. The only user capable of using all four elements is the Avatar.

Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series – Picture: Nickelodeon

Aang is the latest Avatar of the air nomads. After sleeping for 100 years in the ‘Avatar State’ Aang is awoken by Katara and Sokka of the Water Tribe. Learning of the war ravaging the world by the Fire Nation, Aang with the help of his new friends must master the abilities of the remaining elements so he can bring harmony amongst the nations.

Who is in the cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender?

No cast members assigned to any roles for the series yet.

The two executive producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko had the following to say on casting for the series:

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast.”

The creators have returned to produce Avatar: The Last Airbender?

That’s right the brains behind the world of Avatar have returned! Unlike the previous live adaption of Avatar: The Last Airbender, creators Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko will serve as the executive producers and showrunners.

This mean Avatar is in good hands once again. We can all forget about the horrendous live-action film that tainted the franchise.

Composer Jeremy Zuckerman is also returning to compose the music for the live-action remake.

The co-creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender Michael DiMartino (left) and Bryan Konietzko (right)

Where is production up to for Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1?

The series is still in pre-production so we’re expecting the script is currently being written and cast members are being searched for. It was originally reported back in late 2018 that full production would begin in 2019.

In late May, Bryan Konietzko shared an update on the production of the show saying:

“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.”

In September 2019, Bryan Konietzko shared some old storyboard pictures which are from the original animated series but maybe going through them for inspiration for the upcoming series.

Storyboard picture for Avatar: The Last Airbender – Picture: bryankonietzko/Instagram

Among the other announced crew members include Jan Chol Lee who is working as a concept designer on the series. His previous roles have included working on Disney’s Big Hero 7, 2006’s Beowulf and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Some pictures were circulated in early September 2019 with concepts and early filming pictures but those have since been debunked.

Does the series have any affiliation with the 2010 Live Action film?

The series has no affiliation with the 2010 live-action film. The less said about that adaptation the better.

How many episodes will Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1 air?

Confirmation on the episode count is yet to be announced. Typically Netflix titles air with 10 or 13 episodes. We’d expect Avatar: The Last Airbender to follow suit with 10 or 13 episodes.

What are the run times of each episode?

No confirmation as of yet but we speculate each episode will have a runtime of around 45 minutes.

Netflix is now listing the series on its site, however. Here’s the official description:

“Long ago, the four nations lived in harmony. Then, everything changed. The animated show’s original creators helm a live-action take on Aang’s story.”

The show only has one genre listed as of right now with that being “Kids TV”.

Is there a trailer for Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1?

Sadly we won’t be seeing a trailer for some months yet! Expect a trailer for Avatar: The Last Airbender to release late 2019.

When is the release date for Avatar: The Last Airbender?

We are a long way off from seeing the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. With the production of the series still officially in pre-production, we aren’t expecting a 2019 or possibly even a 2020 release.

Given the production update, it’s going to be a while before anything officially starts happening with regards to filming.

We’re currently predicting either a very late 2020 release or 2021.

Other news regarding Avatar: The Last Airbender

  • In September 2019, BoxLunch revealed an Appa figurine that’s due for release “soon”.

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