The creators of Avatar:The Last Airbender Mike Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have revealed they are no longer in contract with the planned live-action adaptation of the series with Netflix.
DiMartino wrote an open letter to Avatar fans on his website discussing the difficult decision they had to take.
Read DiMartino Open Letter Here
Many of you have been asking me for updates about the Avatar live-action Netflix series. I can finally tell you that I am no longer involved with the project. In June of this year, after two years of development work, Bryan Konietzko and I made the difficult decision to leave the production.
According to the open letter Netflix did not provide the support or the creative liberty as was discussed initially. He also mentioned that the initial offer by Netflix was exciting but things did not end up as planned
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.
Michael DiMartino also said the Netflix version and their vision might also get audience attention and appreciation but that is what the original creators have not envisioned.
And who knows? Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.
Michael Dante DiMartino also clarified that this does not mean end of his involvement with Avatar Universe.
Recently Big Techs like Twitter and Facebook has been discussed vastly over their selective censorship and if Netflix will flex its muscle to suppress the creative liberty, this is a bad news.