A live action series of Avatar: The Last Airbender has been in the works for a while now, according to Netflix. This is a brave decision, when we consider what happened when M. Night Shyamalan gave it a go back in 2010.
Fans of the original series were displeased (to put it lightly) to see their beloved world desecrated, and newcomers were left confused.
It was as if Shyamalan just whizzed through the first season to get the plot, ignoring all nuance, tone, and characterisation.
There were so many things wrong with the film, it's no surprise the planned sequels were cancelled. In fact, it's probably a good thing they were. It would have been near impossible to salvage the mess of the first film with any more.
However, with every failure comes a lesson - if we're to be optimistic. It's been ten years now, which is hopefully enough time to think about why the series was so majestic, and the film so... well, whatever the opposite of majestic is.
Let's have a look at the lessons that Shyamalan's train-wreck provides for those behind the new series, in the hope that it's done right this time. Our fingers are tightly crossed.