Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender is slated to begin filming in Vancouver this fall, according to the Hollywood North Buzz blog. The adaptation is based on the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which ran for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008.
The original animation co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were originally hired to oversee the series but left the adaptation of Netflix in June 2020. According to Hollywood North Buzz, the adaptation of Netflix sees Albert Kim as the showrunner and Dan Lin, Ryan Halprin, and Lindsey Liberatore as producers.
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The Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise has expanded to include comics, video games, a sequel, and a live-action adaptation by M. Night Shyamalan that has been particularly panned by critics. The original series wasin 2020 and rekindled its popularity. In February of this year, developed an animated Avatar film filmed by a new division of Nickelodeon called Avatar Studios, of which DiMartino and Konietzko are co-chief officers.
According to Hollywood North Buzz, Netflix’s live-action series, due to begin filming in mid-November, is set “in a fantasy world full of humans, fantastic animals and supernatural spirits.” There are three pre-industrial nations: the Earth Kingdom, water tribes and air nomads, and an industrial nation, the Fire Nation, which can make various machines.
In any nation, men and women called benders can manipulate their primordial element. Only one person can manipulate all four. They are called avatars and are “the spirit of the planet manifesting in human form”.