The Clone Wars composer Takeshi Furukawa will score Avatar: The Last Airbender remake

Concept art by John Staub
Concept art by John Staub /

Jeremy Zuckerman, who composed the music for the original Last Airbender show, was going to work on the remake, but he left with the original showrunners.

Netflix is producing a live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the beloved Nickelodeon cartoon series about a young boy who can command all four elements — earth, fire, water and air — charged with bringing balance to the world. The last time someone tried to make a live-action version was in 2010, when M. Night Shyamalan’s Last Airbender movie disappointed fans and critics everywhere. Hopefully Netflix can do it one better.

The cast is looking extremely strong, but what about the behind-the-scenes talent? Well, the show was originally going to be overseen by Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino, the guys behind the original show. At that time, original series composer Jeremy Zuckerman was going to adapt his old score for the new show. But when Konietzko and DiMartino left the project over creative differences, Zuckerman left as well. The showrunner is now Albert Kim.

Now, Knight Edge Media has learned of the new composer: Takeshi Furukawa, who was worked on Star Wars: The Clone WarsStar Trek: EnterpriseMythic Quest, and most notably the video game The Last Guardian, for which he won IGN’s Best Original Music of the Year and was nominated for BAFTA’s Games Award for Music.

The music from the original Avatar: The Last Airbender series is pretty memorable, so Furukawa has his work cut out for him. The remake is supposed to air this year, but we don’t have an exact release date yet.

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