Thursday, March 24, 2022

Netflix's Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Season 1 Episode Count & Length, Revealed

Avatar: The Last Airbender star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee confirms Season 1 of Netflix's live-action adaptation will consist of eight episodes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee has confirmed the official episode count for the first season of the upcoming live-action Netflix series.

During an interview on the Handsome Genius Club Radio Show podcast, Lee revealed that the first season of Netflix's live-action adaptation of Avatar would consist of eight hour-long episodes, contradicting previous reports that the season would run for 10 episodes.

With eight episodes running at 60 minutes each, Netflix's Avatar Season 1 will have a total runtime of 480 minutes. Interestingly, that is the exact same runtime as Book One: Water, the first season of Nickelodeon's original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series, which ran for 20 episodes running at 24 minutes each.

Lee also revealed that the project will be one of the priciest shows in Hollywood to date, describing Avatar: The Last Airbender as a "hundred million dollar show". Avatar News got a hold of the interview, and the site now reports Netflix's live-action series has a budget of at least $120 million USD. In fact, each episode reportedly costs more than $15 million to make.

No firm numbers have been released by Netflix regarding this budget, but fans are impressed by this initial report. If everything checks out, Avatar: The Last Airbender will be one of the most expensive TV shows ever made when all is said and done. Series like The Morning Show, The Mandalorian, and Game of Thrones each budget about $15 million for its episodes. The only titles topping that budget are The Pacific, Amazon's Lord of the Rings, and all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows. But if the pricy gamble pays off, Netflix will have a sure-fire hit on its hands. 

In Netflix's Avatar, Lee is slated to portray the character of Uncle Iroh, who was famously voiced by the late, great Mako (Makoto Iwamatsu) in the first two seasons (Book One: Water and Book Two: Earth) of the original Nickelodeon animated series. Greg Baldwin later took over the role for the show's third and final season (Book Three: Fire).

Avatar: The Last Airbender originally aired on Nickelodeon for a total of 61 episodes from 2005 to 2008. The series was met with critical acclaim and maintains a strong fanbase to this very day. That said, a notoriously-maligned film adaptation, simply titled The Last Airbender, did release in theaters in 2010.

The original Avatar animated series was later followed up by a sequel series titled The Legend of Korra, which aired for 52 episodes across four seasons from 2012 to 2014. The first two seasons of Korra aired on Nickelodeon. Season 3 aired its first eight episodes on Nickelodeon before jumping to for its final five. was the home for the show's entire fourth and final season.

In 2018, Netflix announced a live-action series adaptation of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender. According to Avatar News, the series is currently in its fourth month of filming in Vancouver. Production is expected to last for a total of six months, meaning that the cast and crew have passed the halfway point.

In addition to Lee as Iroh, Netflix's live-action Avatar series stars Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio Tarbell as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, Dallas Liu as Zuko, Elizabeth Yu as Azula, Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai, Maria Zhang as Suki, Ken Leung as Commander Zhao, Lim Kay Siu as Gyatso, Yvonne Chapman as Avatar Kyoshi, Tamlyn Tomita as Yukari and Casey Camp-Horinek as Gran Gran. The first season will also reportedly feature the characters of Mai and Ty Lee, though no casting information regarding the two is currently available.

Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1 does not currently have a premiere date.

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Originally published: March 23, 2022 at 02:37 GMT.

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