Avatar creators exit Netflix live project

Lawrence Kim
August 14, 2020

DiMartino's lengthy weblog write-up only confirmed individuals worries, as the writer and executive producer observed that "whatever model ends up on-display screen, it will not be what Bryan and I experienced envisioned or meant to make". However, his film was derided by critics, fans and even DiMartino and Konietzko themselves due to the film avoiding or condensing much of the source material as well as its poor visual effects and lacklustre performances. "Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped", he wrote. The hope was that with Konietzko and DiMartino on board and having creative control that a worthy live-action version of the series could wash away the truly awful movie adaptation.

'I have 0 involvement in this project and didn't know this project even existed until I logged onto twitter today and my timeline was floooded with these rumors, ' King began. "It was the most hard specialist conclusion I have ever had to make, and unquestionably not a person that I took flippantly, but it was necessary for my happiness and artistic integrity", DiMartino wrote.

The Netflix series is a live-action version of the animated series of the same name, which aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons from 2005 to 2008.

While no specifics were given, DiMartino said they both left the project in June, after two years of development.

DiMartino spoke for both of them in an open letter on his website on Wednesday.

Netflix put out their own statement, as reported by Variety. He writes that Netflix "made a very public promise to support our vision". "Although they have chosen to depart the live action project, we are confident in the creative team and their adaptation".

As expected, DiMartino doesn't ever go into what exactly those creative differences were, but it can be gleaned that something about the show, whether it was its script, casting, direction or something else entirely, wasn't to either DiMartino's or Konietzko's liking. He added that while he had a good experience working with some people at Netflix, "the general handling of the project created what I felt was a negative and unsupportive environment".

Back in 2018, longtime fans of the franchise were apprehensive about the streaming giant's live-action plans. If the creators of one of the world's most popular shows couldn't compromise with Netflix, what chance does a less powerful artist have? Netflix, for its part, said it remains committed to the series. As long as it's better than the live-action Last Airbender movie, that's a win for everyone.

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