In 2018, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko revealed that they had made an agreement with Netflix to create a rebooted live action adaptation of their incredibly successful series Avatar: The Last Airbender. The pair would work as executive directors and showrunners. Understandably so, many fans had trepidations regarding the project after the disastrous 2010 adaptation by M. Night Shyamalan. However, the thread of hope for the project that kept fans optimistic was undeniably tied to the involvement of DiMartino and Konietzko. However, on August 12, 2020, both co-creators announced on their websites and social media that they would be departing from the show due to 'creative differences.' The fact that the pair had been working on the project for two years raised red flags to many of the franchise's fanbase. There are several rumors floating around in regards to the show's budget, casting decisions, and overarching changes to character and theme, however, none of these reasons have been verified by either Netflix or DiMartino or Konietzko as of August 14, 2020. In case you're out of the loop, here's everything you need to know to understand why fans are freaking out over DiMartino and Konietzko's departure from the Netflix project.
Michael Dante DiMartino And Bryan Konietzko Are The Co-Creators Of 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'
The Series First Aired From 2005-2008 On Nickelodeon, Gaining An Avid Fandom And Critical Acclaim
In 2018, Netflix Ordered A Live Action Reboot Of The Cartoon SeriesPhoto: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Netflix
DiMartino And Konietzko Were Signed On As Executive Producers And Showrunners
However, Two Years After The Project Began, Both Co-Creators Released Statements That They Would Be Leaving The Project Due To Irreconcilable Creative Differences
DiMartino Stated That ‘Netflix [Originally Told Us] It Was Committed To Honoring Our Vision For This Retelling And To Supporting Us On Creating The Series’