As the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender inches closer to release, fans have become increasingly apprehensive. To be fair, can you blame them? The last time there was a live-action adaptation of Avatar, it became a laughing stock. Well, that's not true. M. Night Shyamalan took the primary brunt of the film's explosion. With the Netflix adaptation, fans were hoping that their favorite characters would finally get their due, but excitment turned to dread when the original creators of the beloved animated series ejected from the project over creative differences.
In the event that the Netflix version of Avatar suffers the same fate as the film, millions of disappointed fans will be able to rebound by getting their uncut fix straight from the source. Variety announced that the aforementioned co-creators, Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino, will produce three new Avatar: The Last Airbender animated films for Nickelodeon Studios.
Paramount, who made the announcement at Annecy International Animation Film Festival, did not share plot details about the forthcoming trilogy.
Lauren Montgomery, who worked on "Avatar: The Last Airbender," is directing the still-untitled film, the first of three standalone stories that are in the works. "Avatar: The Last Airbender" co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino will produce the "Avatar" movies with Eric Coleman.
The films are in development under the company's Avatar Studios banner, which was formed in February 2021. The division is designed to create original content spanning animated series and movies based on "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "The Legend of Korra."
"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," said Ramsey Naito, president of animation & development at Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation.