Avatar: The Last Airbender Is Getting A Proper Animated Film

Avatar: The Last Airbender Is Getting A Proper Animated Film
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Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the greatest animated series of all time, and all it’s really missing is a proper, follow-up film. Now, the original creators are doing precisely that.

Entertainment Weekly reported early Thursday morning that ViacomCBS will be forming a new production house called Avatar Studios. Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino, the original creators and executive producers on the Avatar and Legend of Korra series, will be co-chief creative officers for the new studio. The first project will be a full-length “animated theatrical film” in the Avatar universe, with production scheduled to kick off later this year.

“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,” the Avatar creators and creative officers said in a statement.

“We are fortunate to have an ever-growing community of passionate fans that enjoys exploring the Avatarverse as much as we do.”

Avatar Studios’ project won’t have any impact on Netflix’s live-action take on Avatar: The Last Airbender. That project was announced back in 2018, although Netflix has been pretty quiet on the project ever since. DiMartino and Konietzko were working on the Netflix series at the time, but they left the project in August last year after a clash over creative control.

“We’re excited to be back at Nickelodeon where Avatar began, doing what we do best in the biggest way possible. We can’t wait to build the great teams and productions to make all of this fantasy a reality,” Konietzko and DiMartino added.

Comments

  • Well that’s exciting, though any return to a fictional creation after so long makes me a little nervous as to how it will go down.

    I think I’ll be a little cautious going into whatever film they end up making.

  • Avatar the last airbender is my favourite show of all time (animated or otherwise), so I wish I could say I was 100% excited, but honestly cautiously optimistic is about the best I can manage.
    Just going by how Korra went (i enjoyed it mostly, but its still a clusterf*ck), i feel like ATLA was a miracle, a once in a lifetime thing for the group that made it.
    So i doubt very much that anything made in the ATLA universe will ever hit those highs again.

    From various interviews and such i have likened Bryan and Michael to George lucas. People with great ideas and visions for what they want, but needing a great supporting team that can really reign in their worst ideas and help shape their better ones.
    With bryan and Micahel losing a lot of the original ATLA team when making Korra, and george lucas the same for the prequels. Leading to the creations of enjoyable but highly flawed movies/shows, with some big f*ckups thrown in. Things that clearly you could see the potential, but it just was executed not so great.

    Their safest bet would to be just animate the comics that are already made. They are not perfect, but i feel they captured the spirit of the Gaang well and would make entertaining movies.

  • Can we get Book 4 while we’re at it?
    (yes, I know the story continued in the comics – I own them – but I want that proper closure!)

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