Monday, March 11, 2019

Jeremy Zuckerman Provides Update on Netflix's Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Series

Ever since Netflix first announced plans to produce a live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon's beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender series and franchise, further details about the production have been scarce. We know the animated series’ original creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino are directly involved, and we know they’re determined to avoid the pitfalls of M. Night Shyamalan’s movie adaptation. We also know that the cartoon’s head writer Aaron Ehasz isn't directly involved in this version — he’s busy with his own Netflix animated series, The Dragon Prince. However, a new update has come through for its adaptation at last!

Over on Twitter, the team at Discussing Film hit up fans with an update on Netflix's live-action plans for Avatar: The Last Airbender. The series, which is heavily inspired by anime, was optioned for a live-action series last year. Now, composer Jeremy Zuckerman is opening up about the project, and he is rather optimistic.

In his recent interview, below, Zuckerman was asked about his piece in the live-action project. While the musician couldn’t say much, he did admit Avatar: The Last Airbender has a bit to go before he’ll be needed in the studio.

“I can say that I haven’t started yet. I think there is a ways to go. I know Bryan [DiMartino] posted people were hitting up like crazy about casting,” Zuckerman said.

“I’m really excited about. We’re really excited about it. Netflix seems really on-board and supportive. I think they’re really committed to getting it right,” he continued before adding, “It feels nice to have that support.”

So far, Netflix has been cagey about details on the live-action venture, but fans know some important crew members working on the project. The creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will be involved, and they released a joint statement about the show.

"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,” the duo stressed.

Concept art for Netflix's live-action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'. Courtesy of John Staub/courtesy of Netflix

With an eye on authentic casting, fans are hopeful this live-action take will avoid the pitfalls M. Night Shyamalan made all those years ago with his take on the franchise. So, here’s to hoping Aang and the gang get it right when they step into the world of streaming down the line.

Casting for the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender begins later this year, and fans will also be able to have the chance to audition in a open casting call.

So, are you excited for the live-action take? Sound off in the comments below!

For those of you unfamiliar with Avatar: The Last Airbender, the series screened on Nickelodeon between February 2005 and July 2008. Its complex story and diverse stars earned the series’ acclaim.

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The series was nominated for—and won—Annie Awards, Genesis Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award. Avatar: The Last Airbender follows the adventures of the main protagonist Aang and his friends, who must save the world by defeating Fire Lord Ozai and ending the destructive war with the Fire Nation.

The Last Airbender’s story coupled with its anime-inspired artwork helped the franchise grow a loyal fanbase, and the series has continued to expand with various comics over the years. Recently, it was announced a young adult novel focusing on Avatar Kyoshi would be coming to the canon, leaving fans eager to learn more about the infamous warrior's tenure.

Konietzko and DiMartino also created a follow-up series, The Legend of Korra, that returned to the world of Avatar years after Aang’s death to follow Korra, his successor as Avatar. That series ran between 2012-2014. The Legend of Korra universe will also expanded with a new graphic novel trilogy.

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Original source: ComicBook.
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