Michael DiMartino on “Avatar” Season 3

Yes, this is not your standard length for an interview. Then again, creator Michael Dante DiMartino was answering back all the way from South Korea.

What was he doing there? Why putting the finishing touches on the latest season of his and partner Bryan Konietzko’s breakout show, Avatar: The Last Airbender. While the future of the animated series past the current season is still up in the air, a live action trilogy of films is also in development, with director M. Night Shyamalan at the helm.

Because of the distance involved, questions were limited to ten. Here’s what was asked:

Newsarama: What is it actually like working with M. Night Shyamalan? What do you think of what he has developed for the film so far?

Michael Dante DiMartino: We’ve met with Night a couple of times and he’s very inspiring to work with. He’s really respectful of the show and the world that Bryan and I created. Earlier this year he pitched us the outline of the first movie, which is based on the first season, and we loved it. It captured the essence of the story and the characters beautifully. In fact, he was so faithful to the story, that Bryan and I were the ones saying certain characters and storylines could be cut. So the fate of the live-action Cabbage Merchant still hangs in the balance!

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