Severe setback for Netflix: The “Avatar” creators are getting out of the real-life series – with clear words!
Ouch! That shouldn’t please Netflix at all – and fans of the cult series “Avatar – The Last Airbender” even less! The creators of the original are no longer involved in the new series – and they announce that with an amazing statement.
The last time someone attempted a real-life adaptation of the terrific cult cartoon series “Avatar – The Lord of the Elements” (3 seasons between 2005 and 2008) without the direct support of the original creator, is known to be M. Night Shyamalan’s blockbuster Megaflop “The Legend of Aang” came out.
With the announced Netflix real series “Avatar”, the fans were so far confident that it could work much better this time – after all, the original creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were brought on board for the new implementation. But this impetus of hope has now been extinguished – the creative duo has announced its departure from the upcoming “Avatar” series.
the creative duo has announced its departure from the upcoming “Avatar” series.
Hard words to say goodbye
If you read through the open letter with which Michael Dante DiMartino announced his exit on his own website, it all sounds very polite at first – especially since above the article a picture with calming, cloud-covered mountains from “Avatar – The Lord of the Elements” emblazoned.
But anyone who has ever read a few of these “breakup” statements, which are usually written with carefully formulated PR bullshit, will immediately recognize that some of the spikes in the clear form are absolutely not common in Hollywood:
some of the spikes in distinct shape are absolutely not common in Hollywood:
The (PR) statement: “When Bryan and I joined the project in 2018, we were hired as executive producers and showrunners. In the show’s joint announcement, Netflix said they would support our vision for retelling. […] Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as hoped. “
The (PR) statement:
Our translation: Netflix did not keep its promises.
The (PR) statement: “Look, things just happen. Productions are difficult. Unforeseen events come in between. Plans need to be changed. […] I do my best to adapt to the flow, no matter what obstacles pile up in front of me. But even an aerial nomad needs to know when it’s time to limit the damage and move on. “
The (PR) statement:
Our translation: Oh, do your shit alone!
The (PR) statement: “And who knows? Netflix ‘live action adaptation of ‘Avatar’ has the potential to be good. It could be a series that many of you guys like. But one thing is also certain: It doesn’t matter which version flickers across the screen in the end, it won’t be the one that Bryan and I imagined and that we wanted to make. “
The (PR) statement:
Our translation: It won’t work now anyway.
Extremely important project for Netflix
For Netflix, the “Avatar” real series is not just one series project among many. On the contrary: “Avatar – The Last Airbender” set a new record last month and is now the content that has been in the daily Netflix top ten in the US for the longest time – even though the series is is already 15 years old!
Only current Netflix original productions can be found in positions 2 to 9 in the record list – and they are all overshadowed by a cartoon series from the archive.
So it’s no wonder that the project is particularly important to Netflix – and one wonders why the creators are not given more freedom, after all they have long since proven that they can do it (even better than all the original Netflix formats). But you don’t know exactly what went on behind the scenes.
So it’s no wonder that the project is particularly important to Netflix
If the original creators are no longer there, maybe the producers should at least watch this video that my colleague Sebastian Gerdshikow made. In it, he breaks down what Netflix could do better to prevent another flop like “The Legend of Aang”:
What Netflix could do better to prevent another flop like “The Legend of Aang”: