• James Hewlett

Avatar State

I have no idea what to write about today! I’ve been putting it off all evening in hopes I’d get a spark of an idea but nope, nothing, so I’ll just ramble on a bit and call it a night.

I put this weeks podcast today as Ed was able to get it finished. I’m not surprised it took him a bit longer; we were definitely more all over the place than normal.

The end product is a fun episode but we recorded it at the start of last week when I was in a really really low place. I know I was pounding back gins while we recorded and Ed definitely assumed some of my normal role of keeping things on track.

I’m pretty impressed though that I still sound fairly professional throughout. I don’t think it’s obvious I’m quite drunk and very depressed while recording.

I really do love having a regular podcast again. It’s such a great outlet and a creative project I love doing.

Speaking of things I love. I found myself going back and watching Avatar again recently. I wasn’t in the right headspace you be reading to fall asleep and I was t doing much in the way of sleeping anyway, so I broke my own lose rule of minimal screen time in bed by watching the show at night.

This just happens to coincide with the release of Korra on Netflix too which, despite me owning both series already, just makes it easier to watch through them constantly.

That’s not the only bit of Netflix news regarding the Avatar universe though and the other piece isn’t nearly as positive.

A while ago, maybe a couple of years even, it was announced the streaming giant were developing a live action adaptation of Avatar The Last Airbender and had series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko involved as show runners, ensuring their vision would be kept true unlike the movie we do not acknowledge many years ago.

Unfortunately it seems there was more meddling than was promised to the creative leads and this has led to them backing away from the project and not being too shy about throwing Netflix under the bus on the way out either.

It doesn’t look good for this adaption and it seems as though any live action attempt may well be cursed.

On the one hand it’s sad because done right I believe it could help this most excellent of properties reach an even wider audience and be held in the same regard as Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings as it deserves. On the other hand though it does free up Mike and Bryan to go and work on something new and exciting, potentially even in the universe as another animated show. With the renewed interest of late I wouldn’t be surprised if Nickelodeon were knocking at their doors and asking them for more.

There we go. That’ll do. See you tomorrow.


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