After the success of Netflix’s “One Piece” in live-action form, fans of the “Avatar: The Last Airbender” franchise are hoping Netflix’s upcoming live-action take on their animated series will reach the same heights.
Often considered one of the best titles to come out of Nickelodeon, it had a serialized story across its three seasons. However, that first season was also nearly half-filled with plenty of standalone episodic adventures.
That won’t be the case with the Netflix series with showrunner Albert Kim explaining to SFX Magazine that the live-action series is avoiding the “adventure of the week” format for a more serialized take.
The result is a “remix” of the events seen in the animated original in order to better fit them into a cohesive storyline, such as Azula being more fleshed out than she was in the cartoon’s early days. Kim explains:
“We all knew that there were things we wanted to change, but not just for the sake of change. There had to be a reason for the change.
We don’t start the show the way the animated series starts. That was a conscious decision to show people this is not the animated series.
We had to sometimes unravel storylines and remix them in a new way to make sense for a serialized drama. So I’m very curious to see what’ll happen in terms of reaction to that.”
The eight episode first season stars Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, Dallas Liu as Prince Zuko, Elizabeth Yu as Azula, and Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai. The series will premiere on the service on February 22nd.