This new hiring would still be pending official confirmation. Photo: ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
New reports indicate that Netflix has hired a new showrunner for his live action adaptation of « Avatar: The Last Airbender”, A series that has regained popularity in popular culture since its arrival on streaming services throughout the world, so it was not surprising when Netflix announced his own remake with live actors.
Michael Dante DiMartino Y Bryan konietzko, creators of the original series, originally would serve as creative advisers in this new series. Last year would be big news when both announced publicly their departure from the production after presenting strong creative differences with the team of Netflix.
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Although there is still no official information from the streaming service executives, a new report from The Illuminerdi portal, whose information from « insiders » turns out to be correct most of the time, indicates that the production would have found a new showrunner in Albert Kim, who has experience in series such as Leverage, Nikita or Sleepy Hollow.
The arrival of a new showrunner in a series implies a change of focus and vision in the story, although unfortunately this means that there would be more time ahead before being able to see results or even a first advance.
Netflix has kept pre-production details such as costumes, film sets or concept arts hidden. Said sections, given the time that has been invested so far in this adaptation, in theory should have significant advances, the confirmation of Kim by official means.
The series already has great skepticism from the most loyal fans of the original story. Initially, Netflix would announce that this new version would be completely faithful to the vision of its creators, so their departure has raised strong suspicions.
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After the departure of DiMartino Y Konietzko, a company spokesperson would express the great admiration that the team feels for the work of both. « Although they have chosen to leave the live-action project, we trust our creative team and its adaptation, » the statement concluded. So far no estimated release date has been revealed.