Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino have announced that they chose to leave Netflix’s live-action adaptation due to creative differences over the direction of the project.
Bryan Konietzko has taken to Instagram to share the sad news with the community:
“When Netflix brought me on board to run this series alongside Mike two years ago, they made a very public promise to support our vision. Unfortunately, there was no follow-through on that promise. Thought I got to work with some great individuals, both on Netflix’s side and on our own small development team, the general handling of the project created what I felt was a negative and unsupportive environment”.
Michael Dante DiMartino shared his side of the story on his website in an open letter to Avatar fans:
“When Bryan and I signed on to the project in 2018, we were hired as executive producers and showrunners. In a joint announcement for the series, Netflix said that it was committed to honoring our vision for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the series. And we expressed how excited we were for the opportunity to be at the helm. Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped.”
The sudden departure concerned fans around the globe for a good reason. Avatar: The Last Airbender already received a live-action adaptation once and it wasn’t good.