Michael Dante DiMartino broke the news on his personal web site that the Avatar The Last Airbender reboot from Netflix has been bailed on by himself and the fellow original co-creator Bryan Konietzko.
M.D.M said, “I realized I couldn’t control the creative direction of the series, but I could control how I responded. So, I chose to leave the project. It was the hardest professional decision I’ve ever had to make, and certainly not one that I took lightly, but it was necessary for my happiness and creative integrity. And who knows? Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.”
Well, that doesn’t exactly sound hopeful, does it? Oh well, another potential gem flushed down the shitter.
The original cartoon series followed the journey of 12-year-old Aang, the Avatar and last survivor of his nation, the Air Nomads, along with his friends Sokka, Katara, and later Toph, as they strive to end the Fire Nation’s war against the other nations of the world.
It was followed by a truly awful live action movie version, too.
You can read the full essay by Michael about parting ways with Netflix over at https://www.michaeldantedimartino.com/an-open-letter-to-avatar-the-last-airbender-fans/