Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino may have had a falling out with Netflix, but this resulted in the two to getting their own studio working solely on Avatar content. Now we have news on the first movies coming from Avatar Studios.
According to The Wrap, Avatar Studios is currently working on three animated movies that will be set in the world of Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. While plot details are still under wraps, we do know that the first film will be directed by Lauren Montgomery, who had worked on The Last Airbender and Voltron: Legendary Defender.
President of Animation and Development at Paramount and Nickelodeon Animation Ramsey Naito says about the projects:
“As original creators Mike and Bryan expand the Avatar universe with us, 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 [releases],”
While Netflix is gearing up to adapt the original series, it’s very likely that these movies will further expand the story. While I think it’s completely possible to tell the story of a whole new Avatar, I think there will be some fans who will want to know more about Aang’s adventures after the events of the original show. If anything, they can also continue the story of Korra, which kind of limped toward the finish line when the funding was cut with the final season.
With the world of Avatar so full of potential, hopefully Avatar Studios manages to grow the audience into something as big as Star Wars. We don’t know when we’ll get our first look at the films, but I’m crossing my fingers we get something before the year ends.