‘Avatar: The Final Airbender’ Netflix Sequence: All the pieces We Know So Far

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Avatar: The Final Airbender Idea Artwork – Image: Netflix

Netflix’s live-action adaptation sequence of Avatar: The Final Airbender has now formally wrapped principal images in Vancouver, Canada. That is our huge up to date preview with all the pieces we all know up to now about Avatar: The Final Airbender‘s live-action Netflix sequence together with solid, manufacturing updates, what we are able to anticipate, and extra. 

Please word: this text is a preview that’s been up to date over time to replicate adjustments in solid, manufacturing standing, and extra. 

Co-created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the animated sequence was some of the widespread cartoons of the mid-2000s.

The sequence spawned an equally widespread spin-off in 2012 often known as The Legend of Korra (each of that are streaming on Netflix in most areas around the globe however are anticipated to depart finally).

There’s rather a lot to get to under however if you happen to’re on the lookout for simply the headlines, right here is the TL;DR:

  • 10 hour-long episodes have been anticipated, nevertheless it’s been reported that it’ll be 8.
  • The sequence is utilizing groundbreaking new LED know-how whereas filming that’s gained it a Guinness World Report.
  • It’s one in every of Netflix’s most costly reveals reportedly costing $15 million per episode for a complete of $120 million for season 1 alone.
  • Filming is anticipated to run till June 2022.
  • The unique creators of the Nickelodeon sequence aren’t concerned within the manufacturing.
  • The present is not going to function at Netflix’s upcoming TUDUM occasion.

What’s the plot of the live-action Avatar: The Final Airbender?

The plot of the live-action remake will retread the identical adventures as its animated counterpart.

On this planet of Avatar: The Final Airbender civilization is split into 4 separate nations. The 4 nations are named after the weather: the Air Nomads, Earth Kingdom, Hearth Nation, and the Water Tribes. In every nation, solely a choose few folks often known as the “Benders” can use their nation’s component by the regional martial arts and telekinetic powers. The one person able to utilizing all 4 components is the “Avatar.”

Avatar: The Final Airbender animated sequence – Image: Nickelodeon

Aang is the most recent Avatar of the air nomads. After sleeping for 100 years within the ‘Avatar State’, Aang is awoken by Katara and Sokka of the Water Tribe. Studying of the warfare ravaging the world by the Hearth Nation, Aang, with the assistance of his new buddies, should grasp the talents of the remaining components so he can convey concord to the nations.

Who’s within the solid of Avatar: The Final Airbender?

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Principal solid of Avatar: The Final Airbender on set – Image: Netflix

We’ve had two principal waves of solid bulletins, with loads of further castings alongside the best way. We’ll cowl the primary solid under, however you’ll wish to go to our expanded model of the Netflix Avatar: The Final Airbender solid listing right here.

The primary batch of castings got here in August 2021, once we realized who will play crucial roles within the new sequence.

Right here’s who can be enjoying the long-lasting roles:

  • Gordon Cormier (Misplaced in Area) as Aang
  • Kiawentiio Tarbell (Anne with an E) as Katara
  • Ian Ousley (13 Causes Why) as Sokka
  • Dallas Liu (PEN15) as Zuko
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Pictured: Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio Tarbell, Ian Ousley, Dallas Liu

Alongside the solid bulletins, Albert Kim had the next to say:

“We’ll be increasing and rising the world, and there can be surprises for current followers and people new to the story. However all through this course of, our byword has been “authenticity.” To the story. To the characters. To the cultural influences. Authenticity is what retains us going, each in entrance of the digicam and behind it a live-action model would set up a brand new benchmark in illustration and usher in an entire new era of followers. This was an opportunity to showcase Asian and Indigenous characters as dwelling, respiratory folks. Not simply in a cartoon, however in a world that really exists, similar to the one we stay in.”

Earlier than their departure from the mission, right here’s what Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko needed to say about casting the sequence:

“We’re thrilled for the chance to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Final Airbender. We are able to’t wait to understand Aang’s world as cinematically as we at all times imagined it to be, and with a culturally acceptable, non-whitewashed solid.”

Regardless of rumors, Dante Basco, who voiced Prince Zuko within the animated sequence, had been pegged for a task within the upcoming Netflix sequence however finally confirmed he wouldn’t return as Prince Zuko.

In an interview with ComicBook.com in September 2021, Dallas Liu (enjoying Zuko) spoke in regards to the strain going into the primary season, saying:

“… as a result of it’s such a beloved present I really feel like there’s some strain to do an amazing job and never that I’m doubting anybody or the mission in any respect, however that is the most important mission and the most important position that I’ve been ready to participate in now, particularly main with a personality like Zuko, who’s so complicated and one in every of, if not the favourite, one of many favorites of the present together with his fireplace bending and his historical past. I imply, he’s such an unimaginable character and he has one in every of my favourite character developments in the entire animated sequence. So, I imply, I’m simply as a lot of a fan of Zuko as everybody else is. So I imply, clearly I’m excited as a result of this is sort of a dream, however on the identical time, it will get slightly nerve-wracking. You recognize? To do job, and I imply, on the finish of the day I can solely do what I’m able to, however I hope that individuals get pleasure from my efficiency.

Netflix has additionally confirmed the casting of three vital roles, with the roles of Uncle Iroh, Gyatso, and Commander Zhao occupied by Paul Solar-Hyung Lee, Lim Kay Siu, and Ken Leung, respectively.

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In December 2021, 4 extra roles have been stuffed, together with:

  • Elizabeth Yu solid as Azula the daughter of Hearth Lord Ozai and sister to Zuko
  • Maria Zhang as Suki the chief of an elite feminine combating pressure often known as the Kyoshi Warriors.
  • Yvonne Chapman as Avatar Kyoshi legendary warrior revered for her bravery.
  • Casey Camp-Horinek as Gran Gran the compassionate matriarch of the Southern Water Tribe and Katara and Sokka’s grandmother.

AvatarNews.co has damaged the information of a bunch of castings over the months too, together with:

  • François Chau because the Nice Sage of the Hearth Temple.
  • Ryan Mah as Hearth Navy officer Lieutenant Dang (an unique character)
  • Thalia Tran as Mai
  • Irene Bedard as Yagoda
  • Meegwun Fairbrother as Avatar Kuruk
  • Joel Oulette as Hahn of the Northern Water Tribe
  • Nathaniel Arcand as Chief Arnook
  • Momona Tamada as Ty Lee
  • Arden Cho as June
  • Joel Montgrand as Hakoda
  • Rainbow Dickerson as Kya (Sokka and Katar’s mom)
  • James Sie as a cabbage service provider
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar as King Bumi of Omashu
  • Danny Pudi as Mechanist
  • A Martinez as Grasp Pakku
  • Amber Midthunder as Princess Yue of the Northern Water Tribe.

We’ve additionally obtained a primary take a look at the solid of the present on the new state-of-the-art set that Avatar: The Final Airbender can be filmed on courtesy of Netflix.

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Avatar: The Final Airbender Solid & Crew – Image: Netflix / Noah Asanias

Who’s concerned with Avatar: The Final Airbender on Netflix?

Essentially the most thrilling information early on within the mission was that the unique creators of the Nickelodeon sequence could be concerned.

That’s not like the earlier stay adaption of Avatar: The Final Airbender, launched in 2010 by Nickelodeon and largely panned.

Unfortunetely, the unique creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who would function the manager producers and showrunners, departed the mission in mid-2020.

Composer Jeremy Zuckerman was additionally believed to be returning to compose the music for the live-action remake, nevertheless, in an interview, he says he’s not formally signed on for the mission, saying:

“No, there was by no means a contract. It was similar to “clearly you’re doing the music”, you recognize, however now that they’re not there, I don’t know what they’re gonna need. I’m not tremendous pumped that they’re not gonna be there, so I don’t know. Truthfully, I don’t know what the longer term holds for that, it’s an enormous query mark. Yeah, sorry to not have a happier, extra easy reply.”

Dan Lin is listed as an govt producer alongside his firm, Rideback. Rideback is liable for some large motion pictures (predominantly for Warner Brothers), together with the Sherlock Holmes motion pictures, the Lego Motion pictures, and IT movies.

Albert Kim has taken over the showrunning duties for Avatar: The Final Airbender. Kim is understood for engaged on TNT’s Leverage and Nikita. As well as, Ryan Halprin and Lindsey Liberatore are listed as producers, with Rideback Productions being the first manufacturing firm behind the mission. Rideback just lately offered off one other mission to Netflix within the type of Parallel.

Jang Chol Lee will function an idea designer on the sequence, in response to IMDBPro, together with his earlier credit together with Huge Hero 6, Tangled, Cloudy with a Likelihood of Meatballs, and Beowulf.

Marc David Alpert was at one level producing the sequence too. Marc’s spectacular credit span many years, with him engaged on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Deadly Weapon, and Nikita.

Our buddies at AvatarNews.co revealed on July 1st that Michael Wylie could be on board as a manufacturing designer. His spectacular resume contains Pushing Daisies which was launched on Disney+.

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Michael Goi

In June 2021, we’ve realized that Michael Goi is ready to direct within the new Netflix sequence. Though but to be formally confirmed, the completed cinematographer has labored beforehand on tasks corresponding to American Horror Story, Swamp Factor, Mary and Megan is Lacking.

Alongside the solid announcement, two extra administrators have been introduced for Avatar: The Final Airbender sequence, together with Roseanne Liang and Jabbar Haisani. As well as, Jet Wilkinson will direct two episodes.

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Roseanne Liang and Jabbar Haisani

In October 2021, AvatarNews caught wind of an enormous recruitment course of on the lookout for “Asian & Indigenous performers with martial arts or dance backgrounds,” citing that the primary e-book options many key battles with heavy choreography.

Why did the unique creators go away Netflix’s Avatar: The Final Airbender?

Returning again to the unique creators now. As chances are you’ll recall again in August 2020, we realized that the 2 unique creators had departed the mission over what’s considered artistic variations.

In an open letter, Michael Dante DiMartino penned his ideas on their departure from the mission.

The co-creators of Avatar: The Final Airbender Michael DiMartino (left) and Bryan Konietzko (proper)

The important thing paragraph is as follows (though the entire letter is value studying):

“When Bryan and I signed on to the mission in 2018, we have been employed as govt producers and showrunners. In a joint announcement for the sequence, Netflix stated that it was dedicated to honoring our imaginative and prescient for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the sequence. And we expressed how excited we have been for the chance to be on the helm. Sadly, issues didn’t go as we had hoped.”

Bryan Konietzko additionally posted an announcement on Instagram. Listed below are a number of the key highlights from the assertion we’d like to the touch upon:

“Although I started working with some nice people, each on Netflix’s aspect and on our personal small improvement workforce, the final dealing with of the mission created what I felt was a detrimental and unsupportive surroundings. “

Since their departure, the duo has introduced they’d be helming new animated tasks over at Paramount+ throughout the Avatar universe beneath a new studio referred to as Avatar Studios.

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For the reason that departing creators, extra criticism of Netflix’s imaginative and prescient for the sequence has materialized. As Winter is Coming stories, Dee Bradley Baker (who voiced Appa and Momo) didn’t mince his phrases about Netflix’s imaginative and prescient to recreate the Nickelodeon sequence saying: primarily

“I simply don’t understand how you fulfill that any higher than this present did. I’m open to no matter they do with the live-action sequence, which I do know nothing about, nevertheless it’s like, ‘Properly, how do you do that higher than the best way that it was rendered on this present?’ I don’t understand how you try this! I hope you possibly can.”

The place is manufacturing as much as for Avatar: The Final Airbender season 1?

It was initially reported in late 2018 that full manufacturing would start in 2019. Nevertheless, two years later, that didn’t occur for numerous causes (one being the departure of the unique creators and the second being COVID-19).

The primary launch manufacturing replace for the sequence got here in late Might 2019. Bryan Konietzko shared an replace on the manufacturing of the present, saying:

“We’re shifting into a brand new workplace house, transitioning into the following section of manufacturing. Our core workforce is rising. We’re writing, planning, and testing. Although there’s lots that’s new for us on this stay motion course of, we’ve been on this lengthy rollercoaster trip twice earlier than and a number of the climbs and twists and turns really feel acquainted. Proper now, all the pieces appears sluggish, and we’re itching to hurry up; earlier than we all know it, all the pieces can be shifting too quick and taking place abruptly. For individuals who are desirous to see this new sequence and are asking if we now have a trailer but: thanks to your enthusiasm, sincerely, however you wouldn’t wish to see a model of this sequence that was made inside 9 months. An excessive amount of Hollywood fare is fast-tracked and the outcomes communicate for themselves. Fortunately for us and this sequence, Netflix is dedicated to doing it proper.”

In September 2019, Bryan Konietzko shared some previous storyboard photos that are from the unique animated sequence however perhaps going by them for inspiration for the upcoming sequence.

Storyboard image for Avatar: The Final Airbender – Image: bryankonietzko/Instagram

Among the many different introduced crew members embrace Jan Chol Lee who’s working as an idea designer on the sequence. His earlier roles have included engaged on Disney’s Huge Hero 6, 2006’s Beowulf, and Cloudy with a Likelihood of Meatballs.

In October 2019, ProductionWeekly acknowledged that the present was nonetheless in lively improvement, and manufacturing is scheduled to begin in 2020 (it’s unclear as of January 2021 whether or not that is nonetheless the case).

In March 2020, Bryan shared a small (and reasonably empty) replace concerning the live-action sequence, saying:

“In different information, sorry for the dearth of updates on the stay motion adaptation of ATLA. It’s been a sluggish course of, slower than anticipated. However VERY thrilling issues are within the works on the mission… Grasp in there. We’ll share some information as quickly as we are able to. 💙⬇️💙 However there are extra vital issues occurring on the earth… It’s absolutely going to be a tough trip for the following few months, at the very least. 💙 So, once more, let’s all attempt to take care.”

After all, in August 2020 (see above) the unique creators departed the sequence so manufacturing remains to be up within the air which we are able to assume means the manufacturing remains to be early on.

Manufacturing will go forward in Vancouver, Canada. Though it has been listed to get underway a number of occasions, it’s now believed by a number of sources that manufacturing is ready to get underway in November 2021 and run by April 2022.

The present is being filmed beneath the working title of ‘Commerce Winds’.

As of the sixteenth of November, the manufacturing of Avatar: The Final Airbender is underway. The affirmation that manufacturing underway additionally comes with additional casting information which sees the roles of Gyatso, Uncle Iroh, and Commander Zhao now stuffed.

In January 2022, journalist Caleb Williams acknowledged that manufacturing is presently now set to run by to Might 2022 and that they’re searching for extras “for the 2-part finale”.

Filming on the sequence formally wrapped on June seventeenth, 2022 which means the sequence was in manufacturing for seven months and sooner or later.

The solid had a “wrap get together” on June 18th, 2022, the place the animated ATLA performed on the bar screens.

When is the discharge date for Avatar: The Final Airbender?

No phrase on this. Given the very fact the present has solely simply wrapped manufacturing as of June 2022, we’re unlikely going to see the sequence till at the very least 2023, given all of the post-production work that can now go into the sequence.

Will the Animated Avatar Motion pictures come to Netflix?

In case you weren’t conscious, the newly created Avatar Studios are engaged on not one however three animated function movies which might be set to launch in 2024, 2025, and 2026 respectively.

Paramount is distributing these and subsequently will find yourself on Paramount+. We have now heard rumors that Netflix might distribute the flicks internationally the place Paramount+ will not be out there, however we now have but to have these rumors confirmed.

Earlier than we go away you, we’d extremely advocate following AvatarNews on Twitter and its web site. They continue to be probably the greatest sources for information surrounding all issues Avatar and even created this unimaginable idea poster artwork for the Netflix sequence.

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