Long ago, the animated Avatar: The Last Airbender ended almost perfectly. Then everything changed when Nickelodeon released The Last Airbender and extinguished the desire for a live-action adaptation. Regardless, creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko announced last year that they would helm a live-action Netflix adaptation of their own.
Since that announcement, there has been no news of progress. That changed recently when Jessie Flower, the voice behind Toph Beifong in the original series, appeared on the Wyrd Crafts Chitchat podcast and discussed a meeting she had with DiMartino and Konietzko. "We had lunch and they talked about their process and how they are primarily involved with this as opposed to the live-action movie that happened. That we don't talk about," she joked.
She then revealed a little more about what fans can expect to see in regards to the series' cultural inspirations, "We are excited about the casting being true to the location and background heritage and all that stuff. Where each nation is based and will be casting from that location." Flower continued, "They just have a lot more say and hands-on perspective I guess on the direction, filming, and how it’s scripted." The actor then passively revealed the exciting news that, "They are going to start filming I think in February. That's rough, but sometime in early 2020 they will get the ball rolling."
Through its unique fantasy world, Avatar: The Last Airbender has continued to attract and maintain an enthusiastic fanbase since it aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. The animated series spawned comic books, video games and even a sequel series, The Legend of Korra, which has developed a fanbase of its own. The live-action adaptation of the original series, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, earned the ire of fans everwhere for its weak script and CGI, atop what many saw to be a series of problematic creative choices and the whitewashing of its characters.
(via Winter is Coming)