Avatar: The last airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are no longer working on the live-action series adapting for Netflix.
The creators announced their departure on Wednesday, arousing fan anxiety. DiMartino’s lengthy blog post only confirms those concerns, as the executive writer and producer noted that “whatever version ends up on screen, it won’t be what Bryan and I envisioned or planned to do. ” Both DiMartino and Konietzko cite creative differences with Netflix in the direction of the project. This news could be shocking Avatar fans, as when Netflix announced the project in 2018, the participation of both DiMartino and Konietzko was boosted.
“When Bryan and I signed the project in 2018, we were hired as executive producer and presenter,” DiMartino wrote. “In a joint announcement to the series, Netflix said it was committed to honoring our vision of this narrative and assisting us in creating the series. And we expressed that we are delighted to have the chance to be first. Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped.
Adaptations are usually carried out with different creative groups, but the statements by DiMartino and Konietzko will feel familiar with Percy jackson fan. Back in 2018, Percy jackson author Rick Riordan has published his own long blog post on the problems he faced during the production of his first live-action film, which was released in 2010. Riordan wrote that a as he “watched the final script and see what they were doing on set, I realized I had to go out to calm my mind.”
Other advertisements like Alan Moore (The guard, Swamp Thing, V for eternal feud) have completely refused to adapt their work. DiMartino realized that although he “couldn’t control the creative direction of the series,” he could control his reaction and decide to leave. “It was the toughest professional decision I ever had to make, and certainly not one that I took lightly, but it was necessary for my happiness and creative integrity,” DiMartino wrote.
Konietzko added to DiMartino’s disappointment and wrote on Instagram that it was not about them having full control of the series. They are perfectly fine collaborating “as long as we feel the ideas match the spirit and integrity of the Avatar, “he wrote. As things progressed, both Konietzko and DiMartino” believed that we would not be able to meaningfully guide the direction of the series. ”
Fans have a right to care: the last time is a live action Avatar: The last airbender was tried without DiMartino and Konietzko, it wasn’t going exactly. Sorry, M. Night Shyamalan.