Netflix‘s live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender premiered on February 22, 2024, and so far has but a single season to its name. It is a single season that so far, critics and audiences alike have given mixed reviews to. It’s certainly better than the M. Night Shyamalan attempt at a live-action adaptation back in 2010, but let’s be real: that’s a really low bar to hurdle. Netflix would have to be actively sabotaging their own show to get even lower than that.

However, it does appear as if Netflix is a bit…dissatisfied with how their Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation is doing reception-wise. Especially since they have renewed the show for two more seasons. How else do you explain why Netflix seems to be giving the current showrunner the boot? Or at the very least, that showrunner seems no longer interested in being the showrunner?

Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender: Albert Kim Exit Details

Variety has just reported that Albert Kim (Sleepy Hollow) is stepping down as showrunner for Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. Why, you might ask? Unfortunately, there’s no official word from Netflix about that particular detail. However, Variety mentions that an insider with knowledge of the situation reveals that the stepping down has nothing nefarious going on there. It’s apparently just that Kim wants to “explore new opportunities” following his “multi-year development process” for the Netflix show. Specifically: those new opportunities are taking Kim outside of Netflix and into Disney. Apparently, Kim has signed a deal with Disney to be an executive producer for their new Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. He will also be working on “developing new projects” with Disney, but those will be unnamed for now.

However, that doesn’t meant that Albert Kim is leaving the production of Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender entirely. He wil remain onboard as an executive producer for the upcoming seasons 2 and 3. So who will replace Kim in the showrunner role? Why, that would be the duo of Christine Boylan (Poker Face) and Jabbar Raisani (Lost in Space (2018)). Both of them will co-produce the series as joint showrunners now. We’ll just have to see if they can do any better than Kim did.

Tune back in to THS later to find out more about Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender when we do.

Source: Variety