No one knew just how impactful the series would be when Avatar: The Last Airbender was first released in 2005. Although it concluded in 2008, the series continues to gain new fans. Old fans can rejoice in the news that the Avatar: The Last Airbender creators will be producing three new animated movie projects.
Paramount and Nickelodeon have never shied from the prospect of revisiting and expanding the Avatar universe. The creation of Avatar Studios is a testament to their love for the series.
The studios will be working closely with original series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino to steer the ship in the direction that made people love the original series.
Many speculated that the Avatar universe would branch out to new animated films and series when they joined the studio. However, the lid has been tight on what the projects would entail.
Paramount recently announced that three new Avatar: The Last Airbender animated films are in production.
Lauren Montgomery is attached to direct the first of the new projects, and fans will be eager to see the results as Montgomery previously worked on the original series.
Ramsey Naito, the president of Animation & Development at Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, is confident in the collaboration between Konietzko, DiMartino, and Montgomery.
“As original creators, Mike and Bryan expand the Avatar universe with us,” said Naito. “We’re keeping it all in the family with Lauren bringing the same kind of expert, beautiful work she did on the original series to her new directing duties on the forthcoming theatrical.”
The three films are rumored to revolve around Avatar Kiyoshi (something the fans have long wanted), Zuko (everyone’s favorite antagonist-turned-hero), and a story set in the later period of The Legend of Korra era.
Since the ending of the original series, fans have been eager to see the continuation of the Avatar’s journey. Meanwhile, Netflix is producing its own live-action series, which will be unrelated to the films Avatar studio will be releasing and completely ignore the events of the M. Night Shyamalan adaptation.
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