The live-action adaptation of cherished animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender is losing its original creators. Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have decided to leave the show’s development team in June this year due to creative discrepancies after working on the project for two years. On Wednesday, DiMartino said that the Netflix show has the capability of performing well and people might also get entertained from it, “whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.”
DiMartino said in a blog post,” Netflix said that it was committed to honoring our vision for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the series. Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped.”
He further added that the situation is disappointing and frustrating, “Leaving the project was necessary for my happiness and creative integrity. I realized I couldn’t control the creative direction of the series, but I could control how I responded.”
In 2018, Netflix announced that it would be rebooting Avatar: The Last Airbender as a live-action series with original creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. But there is no information about the launch date or cast.
In an emailed statement, a spokesperson of Netflix said, “We have complete respect and admiration for Michael and Bryan and the story that they created in the Avatar animated series. Although they have chosen to depart the live-action project, we are confident in the creative team and their adaptation.”
Now the series is continuing without its original creators.
Netflix is usually known for giving more artistic freedom to the creators than the traditional studios, and it is not resistant to creative discrepancies. The rank of studio executives of Netflix is leaner compared to anywhere in Hollywood. The streaming giant is popular for showing light handedness with revisions, notes, and suggestions that are being sent from executives to the creators during production. Before this, the company has also separated its ways from the creators. Last year, Ava DuVernay left the Netflix documentary about the story of a musician Prince. Besides, this report of discrepancies with Marvel has also afflicted some of the Defenders series of Netflix.
The viewers can now watch both original animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel Avatar: The Legend of Korra on Netflix.