Avatar: The creators of The Last Airbender are coming out of the series Live Events on Netflix

Contestants left the series due to "losing creative direction" during the show.

The creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender decided to leave the live Netflix series.

Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konitzko, who joined the show as opponents and executive producers in 2018, announced their departure from the series in an open letter to fans, citing a loss of creative direction during the show.

“Many of you have asked me for updates on the live Avatar series on Netflix. I can finally tell you that I am no longer involved in the project,” de Martineau wrote.

"In June of this year, after two years of development work, Brian Konitzko and I made the difficult decision to leave production."

He continued, "When Brian and I signed the project in 2018, we were appointed both executive producers and exhibitors. In a joint announcement for the series, Netflix said it was committed to honoring our vision for this re-narration and support us in creating the series. We expressed how excited we were to have the opportunity to lead. Things did not turn out as we had hoped. "

The animator said that due to the emergence of “unexpected events” and “plans [having] to change,” he realized that he “could not control the creative direction of the series”.

"So, I chose to leave the project. It was the hardest professional decision I had to make, and it was certainly not a decision I made lightly, but it was essential to my happiness and creative integrity."

Di Martineau also made it clear that his departure is not the end of his involvement in the Avatar world, but that "whatever version appears on the screen, it will not be what Brian and [Dimartino] visualize or intend to make."

Konietzko released his own statement via Instagram, writing: “Although I have worked with some great individuals, either on the Netflix side or in our small development team, the overall handling of the project created what I felt was a negative and unsupportive environment.”

To be clear, this was not a simple matter of not getting close to the road. Mike and I are both helpful people, we didn't need all the ideas to come from us. "As long as we felt that these ideas were in line with Avatar's spirit and integrity, we would happily accept them. However, in the end we came to the belief that we would not be able to purposefully steer the direction of the series."

The duo created the original animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender for Nickelodeon in 2005, and won numerous awards over the course of five years.

In 2018, Netflix announced plans to produce a live reboot of the series, which follows 12-year-old Avatar Ang, the only ability to manipulate the four natural elements, as it goes on its journey to defeat Fire Nation.

RadioTimes.com understands that Netflix is ​​still moving forward with the live-action series, with a spokesperson commenting, "We have full respect and admiration for Michael, Brian and the story it started in the Avatar animated series."

They added, "Although they have chosen to leave the direct work project, we are confident of the creative team and their adaptation."

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Well, friends... there you have it. Big sigh. 💔⬇️💔 I’m sure many of you will understandably want to know more and will ask me questions in the comments, here and on subsequent posts and live-streams and in-person encounters and everywhere else ad infinitum. I wish I could explain things in greater detail, but the above statement is really all I can say about the matter so I won’t be answering any of those. I encourage you to head over to my partner Michael DiMartino’s account to get his take on our departure too: @mike_dante_d Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the Avatar: The Last Airbender fans, and I’m sorry our involvement in the live-action project did not work out. Time to get on with my life. Onward and upward. 💙 Love, Bryan #avatarthelastairbender #cocreators #michaeldimatino #bryankonietzko #bryke #atla #liveactionseries #netflix
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