• [NEWS] "Avatar: The Last Airbender" animated film in development

    From Your Name@21:1/5 to All on Fri Feb 26 08:28:54 2021
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    From ComingSoon.net ...

    Avatar: The Last Airbender animated film in the works
    from Avatar Studios
    Sixteen years after Avatar: The Last Airbender made its
    successful debut, Nickelodeon has officially announced
    the launch of a newly formed division called Avatar
    Studios which will produce original content including
    new animated series and movies, based on the beloved of
    world of The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.
    Headed by original creators Michael Di Martino and
    Bryan Konietzko, the studio's first project will be an
    animated theatrical film which will begin its
    production later this year.

    Avatar Studios is expected to create content set to be
    released on platforms including Paramount+; on
    Nickelodeon's own linear and digital platforms; and on
    third-party platforms and in theaters. Michael
    DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who previously exited
    Netflix's long-in development live-action Avatar:
    The Last Airbender series, will helm the studio as
    co-chief creative officers, reporting to Ramsey Naito,
    President, Nickelodeon Animation.

    "It's hard to believe it's been 19 years since we
    created Avatar: The Last Airbender," Konietzko and
    DiMartino said in a statement. "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. We are
    exceedingly grateful to Brian Robbins and 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. 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."

    "Avatar: The Last Airbender and Korra have grown at
    least ten-fold in popularity since their original hit
    runs on Nickelodeon, and Ramsey Naito and I are
    incredibly excited to have Mike and Bryan's genius
    talent on board to helm a studio devoted to expanding
    their characters and world into new content and
    formats for fans everywhere," President of ViacomCBS 
    Kids & Family, Brian Robbins said. "Creator-driven
    stories and characters have long been the hallmarks
    of Nickelodeon, and Avatar Studios is a way to give
    Mike and Bryan the resources and runway to open up
    their imaginations even more and dive deeper into the
    action and mythology of Avatar as we simultaneously
    expand upon that world and the world of content
    available on Paramount+ and Nickelodeon."

    The original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated
    series for three seasons on Nickelodeon from February
    2005 to July 2008.It received substantial acclaim
    during its run, picking up multiple Annie Awards,
    Genesis Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody

    In the series, the world is divided into four nations
    - the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation,
    and the Air Nomads - each represented by a natural
    element for which the nation is named. Benders have
    the ability to control and manipulate the element from
    their nation. Only the Avatar is the master of all
    four elements. The ruthless Fire Nation wants to
    conquer the world but the only bender who has enough
    power, the Avatar, has disappeared ... until now. His
    tribe soon discovers that Aang is the long-lost
    Avatar. Now Katara and Sokka must safeguard Aang on
    his journey to master all four elements and save the
    world from the Fire Nation.

    Avatar: The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years
    after the events of Nickelodeon's beloved animated
    series The Last Airbender, where it followed the
    adventures of Aang's successor Korra, a passionate,
    rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the
    Southern Water Tribe.

    The sequel series aired for four seasons from
    2012-2014. It was also met with critical acclaim as it
    received praise for dealing with respect to issues
    regarding race, gender, and sexual orientation. The
    Legend of Korra had also earned awards from
    award-giving bodies including the Daytime Emmy Award,
    Annie Awards, and Gracie Award.

    Both properties have been translated into a successful
    comic book and graphic novel series. The "Avatar: The
    Last Airbender" graphic novel spent 70 cumulative
    weeks on the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller
    list, hitting number one. While the first graphic
    novel storyline for The Legend of Korra titled Turf
    Wars, has captured various Top 10 sales spots across
    children's fiction, YA science fiction, and graphic
    novel categories since its debut in 2017.

    The DVD and Blu-rays are also incredibly successful,
    with the Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete
    Series generating nearly $5MM in retail sales since
    its 2018 release.


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