Thirteen years ago the last chapter of one of the most important contemporary animated series, Avatar: the Last Airbender or Avatar: the last airbender. In English it met with the translation of Avatar: The Last Airbender and tells the story of Aang, the last apprentice of a family member specialized in the handling of the air element.
This character embodies the Avatar, who is that entity that can control the different elements of nature. The series, initially broadcast by Nickelodeon, had three seasons broadcast from 2005 to 2008. Currently, it can be enjoyed through Netflix.
The live action of Avatar: the last airbender can also be enjoyed through Netflix, a service that this time is involved with the production process. Filming is expected to begin in the fall of the United States in a few months.
What is known about the live action of ‘Avatar: the last airbender’?
According to information from Hollywood North, the production will be filmed from November 16, 2021 to May 17, 2022. The chosen location is Vancouver and the tentative title is Trade Winds. It will be an adaptation inspired by the original work of Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, with the work of Albert Kim as a screenwriter. He will be joined by Dan Lin, Ryan Halprin and Lindsey Liberatore as producers.
At first, the possibility of DiMartino and Konietzko being part of the creative team was considered. However, this will not happen. In fact, at the time it generated a kind of controversy about which Netflix had to go out to clarify some questions. According to Comic Book, a spokesperson commented: “We have total respect and admiration for Michael and Bryan and the story they created in the animated series Avatar.”
That kind of recognition was accompanied by another message: “Although they have chosen to abandon the project, we trust the creative team and its adaptation.” The task is not minor, taking into account the legacy that Avatar: the last airbender carries.
Why was it a success?
Avatar: The Last Airbender began airing in 2005, two years before the rise of Netflix, that platform that reformulated television and streaming as of 2007. Its monitoring could be done through different private television operators that broadcast it. Access was not limited, taking into account the capacity of Nickelodeon, one of the reference channels in terms of children’s and youth entertainment.
However, the habits were different. The contents were not obtained in a computer but through other systems. The follow-up involved a routine subject to premiere days, something that now seems absurd considering that it is currently possible to watch all three seasons in one go on Netflix. Although it seems like a minor detail, this administration of the narrative generates a different relationship with the content: if it is good, it builds loyalty.
That’s what happened with Avatar: The Last Airbender. His story is well told. It has touching characters that go through different nuances. There are complex conflicts, addressing problems that escape the particular universe of the series, without marking a distance with the viewer. His drawing is as subtle as it is elegant, at a time when technology did not offer the current resources.
These reasons, among others, made characters like Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph and Zuko remain in the collective memory of an audience that is usually quite demanding. This live action is facing this challenge, after one that was released in 2010 that was not very well received by critics.