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EXCLUSIVE: Why Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Creators Really Left Netflix

Avatar: The Last Airbender fans are still reeling from the news of creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko exiting Netflix‘s upcoming live-action adaptation. The creators made statements along with Netflix confirming the common excuse of “creative differences”. But what were those creative differences that made DiMartino and Konietzko walk away?

FandomWire spoke exclusively to multiple sources inside Netflix and the upcoming Avatar The Last Airbender series itself to confirm the real reasons behind their exit:

Why Avatar: The Last Airbender's Creators Really Left Netflix

The Budget

The creators wanted a bigger budget. This one is the least surprising, since its a common request for any show-runner. Filmmakers always wanted more money to properly build their vision, but Netflix felt it was already spending as much as they believed they needed to pull off the series they wanted.

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Remember DiMartino and Konietzko have only worked in animation, and are not as experienced in creating live-action projects.It’s not surprising that Netflix may have balked at the show’s growing budget requests. If the scale of this adaptation is going to be anything like the cartoon, which all signs say it will be, the show will be very costly. So it makes sense that there would be creative frustration over the specific amount of money spent.

Why Avatar: The Last Airbender's Creators Really Left Netflix

The Diversity of Cast


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  1. Aha! So there it is, interesting you found this. Honestly, I am not surprised. Netflix trying to shove in the ‘success formula’ of romance sex and blood in about every series. Also, dimartino and konietzko are known for their sense of moral justice so obviously wanted to do right with the cast this time. What only baffles me is that Netflix is so stubborn that they made them go away while as dimartino and konietzko said they tried to be adaptive and are not easy to make angry I think. The fact that Netflix is not integer and honest about this while integrity is about the most important aspect of tla makes me feel this will be a flop, sadly.

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