“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender,” DiMartino and Konietzko said in a release announcing the project. “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. Netflix is wholly dedicated to manifesting our vision for this retelling, and we’re incredibly grateful to be partnering with them.”
who was the writer that pushed for kataang to happen on atla bc he said “the hero should always get the girl” or some shit like that bc ima be honest with y’all… I’m not tryna see that shit in Live Action
You may know that I’ve been working on an essay about the re-construction of the classics, considering reboots, remakes and transformative fanworks. But I wanted to make a comment on the side, about something I’ve been thinking for a while that I just remembered because of the upcoming new live action series of ATLA.
I am all for retellings when there’s a reason for them and I appreciate recreations of stories in new contexts, I am also happy that Bryke are allowed creative control and are intending to respect the diversity of the show and their vision.
My problem is when live action versions of animated shows/movies are used as a way to sort of validate or legitimize that a show is great. To make it “grown up audience friendly”, as if it hadn’t been before. Meaning, when they’re seen as “more serious” forms of the same story, not because they’ve changed anything of it but just because “they aren’t cartoons”. And I’m not saying that’s the reason for this one and I welcome every Avatar product that appears, but I also don’t think the story of ATLA needs anything else to be legitimate. What can a live action give to that same story that isn’t in the story itself? It isn’t perfect because nothing is, but the show is great to be enjoyed as it is, for what it is.
A live action new installment of the Avatar world? One that maybe could work better in live action form? Focusing on another lead, with other situations, like a Kyoshi story, for example? That I’d like, because it’s an addition to the universe. But whenever I see animated shows or movies that are very popular transformed into live action versions, when the original product was perfectly fine to begin with and actually doesn’t need any more exposure, because it’s popular by itself, I can’t help but think of that time when there were “grown up” covers of the Harry Potter books because publishers thought adults wouldn’t want to be seen reading a book with an illustrated cover, because that was “for kids”.
Let animation be the legitimate art form it is and exist with its products without needing the live action validation for them to be seen by a wider audience. I wish the best to the live action though, I’m gonna watch it because it’s Avatar and I support them, they may prove me wrong and make something I wasn’t expecting and I sure hope so, but I really don’t think that particular story needs anything else, it’s great as it is, in its animated form.