Fan-favorite animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender is getting a live-action television series on Netflix.
This morning, Netflix tweeted the surprise announcement along with concept art from the upcoming adaptation. Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who co-created the original animated series, will both be overseeing the new series.
"We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast," declared DiMartino and Konietzko in a written statement following the announcement. "It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build upon everyone’s great work on the original animated series and go even deeper into the characters, story, action, and world-building. Netflix is wholly dedicated to manifesting our vision for this retelling, and we’re incredibly grateful to be partnering with them."
Originally premiering on Nickelodeon in February 2005, Avatar: The Last Airbender was an instant success with audiences launching a whole wave of merchandising including video games. Following its conclusion in 2008, it was adapted as a live-action film in 2010 directed by M. Night Shyamalan as The Last Airbender and received a follow-up animated series, The Legend of Korra, in 2012.
Details on the live-action Netflix adaptation, including casting and release date, are currently unknown but fans will be thrilled to see new adventures starring Aang and his friends.