The newly created ‘Avatar Studios’, led by the series original creators, will expand The Last Airbender universe, starting with a theatrical animated film.
Nineteen years after it’s conception, the universe of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ is set to be expanded upon. The show’s original creators, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, are on-board as Chief Creative Officers for the newly announced Avatar Studios, a division of Nickelodeon.
Returning to Nickelodeon, the network where Avatar (2005-2008) and it’s sequel series ‘The Legend of Korra’ (2012-2014) first aired, DiMartino and Konietzko will lead the project that will add new animated series and movies to the existing universe.
The pair had been developing a live action version of ‘The Last Airbender’ for Netflix as recently as last year, but departed the project in August claiming that they had lost creative control.
Ironically Avatar has enjoyed a significant resurgence in popularity since the series landed on the streaming service. The same can be said for ‘The Legend of Korra’ which first found a home on Amazon Prime before moving across to Netflix here in the U.K.
Exposure via the streaming services opened the shows up to a wider audience and new generations of fans.
Avatar Studios is tasked with expanding the franchise through “myriad exciting ways and mediums” set in the same universe, starting with a new animated movie already in development.
New content from Avatar Studios will be released via Paramount+ and ViacomCBS subscription services alongside other third party services outside of the U.S.