Michael Dante DiMartino, who was working on the Netflix live-action adaptation of the classic anime series with Bryan Konietzko, wrote on his personal website Wednesday: “Many of you have been asking me for updates about the Avatar live-action Netflix series. I can finally tell you that I am no longer involved with the project. In June of this year, after two years of development work, Bryan Konietzko and I made the difficult decision to leave the production. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.” On Instagram, Konitetzko wrote "the general handling of the project created what I felt was a negative and nonsupportive environment," adding: "To be clear, this was not a simple matter of us not getting our way. Mike and I are collaborative people; we did not need all the ideas to come from us. As long as we felt those ideas were in line with the spirit and integrity of Avatar, we would have happily embraced them. However, we ultimately came to the belief that we would not be able to meaningfully guide the direction of the series." Netflix said of their exit: "We have complete respect and admiration for Michael and Bryan and the story that they created in the Avatar animated series. Although they have chosen to depart the live-action project, we are confident in the creative team and their adaptation." Plans for a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender were first revealed in September 2018.