Netflix’s official Twitter accounts announced the news on Tuesday. The Legend of Korra will arrive three months after Avatar: The Last Airbender was made available on Netflix USA and almost two years since Netflix announced a live-action TV series adaptation of Avatar.The Legend of Korra first aired on Nickelodeon in 2012 and aired 52 episodes. The series takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar and centers around a new Avatar named Korra. The show begins when she’s 17 years old and follows her training as she masters “bending” the four elements: earth, water, fire, and air. During her training, she’ll encounter power-hungry leaders, “anti-benders” and other threats.Netflix now has the complete Avatar collection, including the live-action movie adaptation, The Last Airbender. M. Night Shyamalan wrote and directed the movie, which was critically-panned upon its release in 2010 — including a 1.5 out of 10 review from IGN — and bombed at the box office.
The live-action adaptation from Netflix is unrelated to the 2010 movie. The creators of Avatar and Korra, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, will be involved this time and they expressed their excitement for the show upon its announcement in 2018.
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. 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,” Konietzko and DiMartino said in a statement. “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.
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There’s still plenty coming to Netflix USA until fans get to watch Korra or the live-action Avatar show. Fans of Avatar will enjoy Ip Man 4: The Finale, which was released on the service today, and can look forward to The Umbrella Academy season 2 and a Transformers anime next week.
As for Aang and Korra, they were recently added as character skins in SMITE.
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN who watched Avatar for the first time recently on Netflix and it was awesome. Now, go watch the Ip Man movies on Netflix.
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