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Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender showrunner felt “intimidated” when the original creators left

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the showrunner of Netflix’s live action take on Avatar: The Last Airbender felt a bit stressed out when the original show’s creators left.

When it was first announced that Netflix would be making a live action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the creators of the animated show, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino were both attached. But a couple of years on, they both left the project due to creative differences. Now, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Albert Kim has spoken about how it felt to continue running the show despite the original creators not being involved.

“You’d have to be an idiot not to be intimidated a little bit,” Kim said. “My first reaction after ‘Hell yeah!’ was ‘Holy s–t! Do I really want to do this? Is there a way to improve upon the original?’ Whenever you tackle something that’s already beloved by millions of fans, you have to ask yourself those questions.” It’s an understandable reaction given how beloved the animated show is to so many people, though Kim clearly stuck with it.

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