Ever since news broke out that Netflix has taken up making a remake to Avatar: The Last Airbender, fans have been thrilled, trying to guess how the hit series will be remade. The animated series is also quite popular now, as Netflix has also begun streaming the original series since May 15.
At the end of the original animated series, we see that Zuko goes to confront his father, asking him “where is my mother?” If you don’t know, Zuko’s mother (Ursa) allowed herself to be banished from the Fire Nation in order to protect Zuko, eventually leading to Ozai taking over as the Fire Lord. Though the question is answered in The Search, an Avatar: The Last Airbender comic book, the series never ends up answering that question. The Legend of Korra also gives no clues to what happens to Ursa.
Zuko will find his mom in Netflix’s live-action series
WAIT! There is great news though! According to sources close to WGTC, Zuko will end up finding his mom in the live-action Netflix remake. Why is this important? A lot of people, including even fans, forget the small scene in Season 3 where Zuko’s uncle Iroh reveals that Ursa’s (Zuko’s mother) grandfather was none other than Avatar Roku. This makes Avatar Roku (and Aang by extension) Zuko’s great-grandfather.
Now we see how Ursa is actually a very critical character in the series. The fact that Zuko’s great-grandfathers are Avatar Roku and Fire Lord Sozin, perfectly translates into Zuko’s internal struggle between capturing the Avatar and joining the Avatar.
Thankfully, the live-action series will explore this part of the storyline, reuniting Zuko with his mother. It is equally important that Netflix takes up the challenge of exploring plots that weren’t fully explained while staying true to the roots of the story. What’s the fun in watching the live-action if it’s exactly the same as the original? Thankfully, we have the original co-creators, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, heavily involved in the making of the live-action remake.
When will the Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action remake be coming?
The most recent news we have on the remake is that it is still in pre-production. It was announced that there will be open casting calls, but production has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was already delayed before that, as pre-production has been slow. Netflix is taking time, exploring different sets and production styles, to make sure that the show stays true to the original.
Regarding casting, Konietzko said on Instagram that the open casting call has not happened yet as the show has “not reached that state.” He also says, “If you haven’t been keeping up with the news, film and tv productions the world over have been suspended. At the moment, we are lucky that our small team on the adaptation is still moving things forward as best we can, obviously all working remotely. And as is always the case, when we have news we can share we will share it. So please don’t hound me or anyone else associated with us about casting. Just be patient.”
Konietzko also said that production is continuing “as best as we can.” The show can probably be expected in late 2021, or early 2022.