Alright, let us go ahead and break down this announcement coming out of Nickelodeon. Avatar Studios is a new division to create original content from the animated series and movies based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra universe. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly we know that the first project will be an animated theatrical film which is set to begin production this year. Currently, we have no clue as to what this film will be based around. With the Avatar lore being expanded upon via books and comics, they have a lot to choose from in regards to content.
Also, we have a statement from Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko as they’re set to lead the studio as co-chief creative officers. Again, a huge thank you to EW for getting this exclusive information.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since we created Avatar: The Last Airbender,” they said. “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. 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,” they continued. “We are exceedingly grateful to [Nickelodeon president] Brian Robbins and [president of Nickelodeon Animation] Ramsey Naito for their enthusiasm and respect for the Avatar property and us as its stewards. From the start, they’ve supported our ambitious plans and created a positive, proactive environment for us.”
DiMartino and Konietzko concluded, “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.”
Overall, this was fantastic to hear and I cannot wait to see what we could get next from this universe. Finally, it should be noted that that this content will premiere on Paramount+, Viacom CBS subscription service, Nickelodeon’s own digital platform, and whatever third-party platforms that will be available at that time.