But, nope, it's happening: according to The Wrap, Netflix's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender will be produced in conjunction with Nickelodeon, with original series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko onboard to produce.
There are now no details as to the cast or other members of the crew as of this writing, but production on the new live-action series will officially begin in 2019. We can't wait to realise Aang's world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast. It's still early days, but many agree that Netflix and Ehasz have managed to capture some of Avatar's trademark magic with The Dragon Prince, which paints the series' upcoming live-action adaptation in a more hopeful light. The news comes with the first piece of concept art from artist John Staub of the live-action Aang and his docile, flying animal companion Appa. The friends are known as benders, and through martial arts, each have the ability to manipulate an element.
The company announced plans for the new series on Tuesday via Twitter. But now, that scary world of flesh and blood will once again see the warring elements and nations of Avatar. Night Shyamalan's live-action film version flopped with critics and barely squeaked a profit.
Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President of Animation Production and Development with Nickelodeon, who will partner with Netflix to create the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series says that the cartoon "Continues to grow and resonate with fans around the world due its combination of relatable characters with all their foibles and a fully realized world of epic, high-stakes stories and adventures".