It’s been a frustrating last few years for fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend Of Korra and all things related. The rich world Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino created has limitless potential, but it’s only been added to lately through comic books. Ever since Nickelodeon banished Korra to their website for the last two seasons, they haven’t expressed any interest in a third series, a spinoff or anything else. The most we’ve gotten is a deal with Netflix for a live-action remake of ATLA that, ominously, the creators have walked away from.
Who knows what made them suddenly see the light, but Nickelodeon and its parent company CBSViacom have agreed to finally make more Avatar stuff. Not a crappy live-action reinterpretation (two is enough)! We’re talking the REAL DEAL — original stories, and animated as they should be! And we’re not just talking one project…we’re talking several! So much they’re opening up a new production wing called Avatar Studios to create it all.
“Creator-driven stories and characters have long been the hallmarks of Nickelodeon, and Avatar Studios is a way to give Mike and Bryan the resources and runway to open up their imaginations even more and dive deeper into the action and mythology of Avatar as we simultaneously expand upon that world and the world of content available on Paramount+ and Nickelodeon,” saysBrian Robbins, President of ViacomCBS Kids & Family.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since we created Avatar: The Last Airbender. But even after all that time, there are still many stories and time periods in Aang’s world that we are eager to bring to life,” said Konietzko and DiMartino. “We are fortunate to have an ever-growing community of passionate fans that enjoys exploring the Avatarverse as much as we do. And with this new Avatar Studios venture we have an unparalleled opportunity to develop our franchise and its storytelling on a vast scale, in myriad exciting ways and mediums.”
The first project from Avatar Studios will be an animated movie, and at this time we don’t know where it’ll wind up, but Paramount+ is our guess (given that this announcement was made the same day as about twenty Paramount+ shows were announced). It’ll also take some time to create, and it typically takes two years from start to finish, so…we may not actually see this for a while. But we can sleep easier knowing it’s coming.