Netflix’s bid to expand its subscription base and give audiences more to watch has seen the streaming platform do live-action adaptations of iconic games and anime shows. For example, another live version of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
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Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Air Bender is widely considered one of the best animated shows of all time. The children’s show is loved by young people and adults alike for its ability to balance light comedy with serious moments as well as a decent amount of action. It’s a show that teaches both children and adults alike, and many are still learning something after countless reruns of the show. Sadly, the same can’t be said for M. Night Shyamalan’s 2010 attempt.
Originally planned as the start of a trilogy based on the animated series, the film received negative reviews from critics and audiences, forcing Paramount Pictures to scrap initial plans for sequels.
Fast forward to over a decade later and Netflix will attempt to subvert expectations with their release. While not much is known about Netflix’s live-action ATLA adaptation, there are a few confirmed facts. For example, fans are applauding Netflix for its casting choice, giving the role of series antagonist Fire Lord Ozai to Daniel Dae Kim. We also know that filming started last November, so we should hear more about the series soon.
Speaking of other ATLA news, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who will be playing retired Fire Nation general Iroh, had a few words to share. During a guest appearance on the Handsome Genuins Club radio show, Lee shared that Netflix’s live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender will consist of eight one-hour episodes. . He also added that he had “no idea when it airs” but he speculates the show could premiere “at the end of this year”.
With the brothers of Fire Lord royalty perfectly cast, fans have high hopes for the next Netflix show. Unfortunately, with no new details let alone a trailer, it’s hard to get excited for what’s to come.
In the meantime, fans can check out the original Avatar: The Last Airbender, as well as its sequel, Avatar: Legend of Korra, on Netflix.