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netflix to adapt last airbender

Post by mr friendly guy » 2018-11-03 09:12pm

https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/18/1787 ... -tv-reboot
Netflix planning live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender with original creators
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This sounds promising
By Patricia Hernandez@xpatriciah Sep 18, 2018, 1:14pm EDT

Nickelodeon’s animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender might go down in history as one of the best TV shows of all time, but when M. Night Shyamalan adapted it into a live-action film, it was a legendary flop. Today, Netflix has announced it will give “Avatar but with actual humans in it” another go. But this time, there’s hope that the project might actually be good — the original Avatar showrunners, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, will be executive producers on the new adaptation.

The Last Airbender, which aired on Nickelodeon in 2005, tells the tale of a young boy, Aang, who must master the control of the four elements and rally four nations of elemental warriors to defeat a tyrannical villain. Shyamalan’s film adaptation was widely criticized for a wide variety of reasons — a clunky narrative, awful dialogue, wooden acting — but also because its main characters, mostly martial artists who live in Asian-inspired cultures, were largely played by white actors. (At least, the heroes were. The villains were primarily darker-skinned actors of various racial backgrounds.) DiMartino and Konietzko want to avoid that misstep this time around.

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender,” the pair said in a press release. “We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build upon everyone’s great work on the original animated series and go even deeper into the characters, story, action, and world-building.”

While production won’t begin until 2019, for now, we’ve got some concept art that depicts the protagonist with Appa, the six-legged flying bison who Aang and his friends ride as they travel around the world on their quest.
We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast.

I remember when racebending went on back in the day and people were defending it, and saying why should it matter. Its the actor people, as long as they are good enough. Now we literally see white people on youtube complaining of how the new Star wars doesn't have enough white men as the heroes. But I thought it shouldn't matter, as long as the actor is good enough, right? :lol:

Just to jog your memory about what the film adaptation was about, Death battle has a nice video on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNnF0ujd2ow
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Re: netflix to adapt last airbender

Post by bilateralrope » 2018-11-03 11:33pm

Why should the live action version be watched by anyone who watched the animated series ?

We have already seen the story play out once. So I'm hoping for the story to go in a different direction.

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Re: netflix to adapt last airbender

Post by mr friendly guy » 2018-11-04 01:08am

Isn't that like asking why would you would watch a television adaptation of a comic book because you already read the comic and know the story?
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Re: netflix to adapt last airbender

Post by bilateralrope » 2018-11-04 01:16am

mr friendly guy wrote:
2018-11-04 01:08am
Isn't that like asking why would you would watch a television adaptation of a comic book because you already read the comic and known the story?
Yes, that is a bit. Though a comic book to a tv series or movie means detailing things that the comic book can leave to the imagination, along with changes due to the format different. Usually including eye candy that simply isn't possible in a comic book. Animated series to live action series means less changes and less detail to fill in due to the similarity of the formats.

It could still get me to watch it. Even if it doesn't, that doesn't mean I think it will do badly, it just means I'm not the target audience.

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Re: netflix to adapt last airbender

Post by ray245 » 2018-11-04 07:28am

bilateralrope wrote:
2018-11-04 01:16am
mr friendly guy wrote:
2018-11-04 01:08am
Isn't that like asking why would you would watch a television adaptation of a comic book because you already read the comic and known the story?
Yes, that is a bit. Though a comic book to a tv series or movie means detailing things that the comic book can leave to the imagination, along with changes due to the format different. Usually including eye candy that simply isn't possible in a comic book. Animated series to live action series means less changes and less detail to fill in due to the similarity of the formats.

It could still get me to watch it. Even if it doesn't, that doesn't mean I think it will do badly, it just means I'm not the target audience.
It's all about the surrealism. Animation is just a drawing at the end of the day. People can draw characters doing all sorts of fantastical stuff. With live-action, to make those effects look real enough is much more challenging, and it allows us to lose ourselves in the idea that it's how those fanatical creatures and powers might look like in real life.
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Re: netflix to adapt last airbender

Post by bilateralrope » 2018-11-04 02:22pm

Fair enough.

Time will tell if that's enough for me. I'll decide after watching the first episode.

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Re: netflix to adapt last airbender

Post by Marko Dash » 2018-11-05 09:40am

at least it can't be any worse than the movie
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Re: netflix to adapt last airbender

Post by Q99 » 2018-11-08 08:58pm

If it leads to more interest in Avatar, that means we could see new stuff in the world at some point too.

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