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Avatar Studios

The logo of Avatar Studios.

Avatar Studios is a production company launched by Nickelodeon and Paramount+ on February 24, 2021, with Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino serving as co-chief creative officers.[1] The studio will produce brand-new material set in the Avatar universe, including new series, short-form content, spin-offs, and theatrical films;[2][3] the creators have stated they believe the studio gives them the freedom and support to make any potential Avatar project they can think of.[4]

Projects[]

According to DiMartino and Konietzko, they have a multi-tiered plan for the future of the Avatar series. The projects will expand upon the largely unexplored past, as well as the future of the world of Avatar. Each project will "feel like Avatar", but will have its own unique tone and look.[4] They have also stated that there is no plan to work on adaptations of Avatar comics or books.[5] Avatar Studios content will be expanding on ancillary book canon.[5]

Currently, Avatar Studios is working on four new television series and three new animated theatrical films.[6][7][8] The three films will be made in an original hybrid 2D and computer-generated (CG) style, and in collaboration with Flying Bark Productions.[9][10] DiMartino and Konietzko have looked into hybrid styles of 2D-3D, although this idea was discarded, as well as pure 3D animation.[5] It was reported that concept art for the first film was shown at the Annecy International Film Animation Festival, showing a shot of a walled city with a giant tower (later clarified to resemble General Fong's fortress) with the caption "The Avatar Returns" and the elemental symbol for earth.[11][12]

At the same time, Avatar Studios helped to create new canon material for the Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game,[13] Chronicles of the Avatar novels, comics,[14] and Avatar: The Last Airbender Cookbook: Official Recipes from the Four Nations.[15] Multiple video games are also in development.[5]

Untitled Avatar Aang film[]

Main article: Untitled Avatar Aang film

The first project from Avatar Studios will be a movie focusing on Avatar Aang and his friends[8][16] in their young adulthood,[17] under the working title "Aang: The Last Airbender".[18] Directed by Lauren Montgomery and produced in collaboration with Nickelodeon Animation and Paramount Animation, the film was set to start production in late 2021[3] for release on October 10, 2025,[19] but this release date was later pushed back to January 20, 2026.[20]

In late 2023, Jessica Matten was confirmed to have been cast as Katara in the film via the official website of her production company 7 Forward Entertainment.[21] At CinemaCon in April 2024, Dave Bautista, Eric Nam, Dionne Quan, and Román Zaragoza were revealed to be part of the voice cast for the film.[18] Eric Nam later confirmed that he would be the voice of Aang,[22] while the official Avatar: The Last Airbender Instagram account confirmed fan reports from the event that Dave Bautista had been cast as the villain and Dionne Quan had been cast as Toph.[23]

Trivia[]

  • While Avatar Studios is making animated content, published material will still be part of the Avatar series going forward.[4]
  • According to Nickelodeon president and CEO Brian Robbins, the success of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra on Netflix and Paramount+ (previously called CBS All Access) directly led to the formation of Avatar Studios.[24]
  • Jeremy Zuckerman has confirmed that he will work with Avatar Studios.[25]
  • On September 3, 2021, Joan Hilty announced that she would be joining Avatar Studios as its Executive Editor.[26]
  • Migizi Pensoneau is confirmed to be working as a Consultant on Native Representation at Avatar Studios.[27]
  • Dechen Kelden is confirmed to be working as a Cultural Consultant at Avatar Studios.[28]
  • Lauren Montgomery is confirmed to be working as the director of the first film from Avatar Studios.[29]
  • Steve Ahn is confirmed to be working as a Head of Story at Avatar Studios.[30]
  • Eric Coleman will return as a producer on Aang: The Last Airbender.[8] He was later listed as the CEO of Avatar Studios.[31]
  • Tim Hedrick has teased that characters who have appeared in the Avatar comics will appear in future animated media.[32] He has also confirmed that he is working on the first film from Avatar Studios.[33]

References[]

  1. Nickelodeon to expand Avatar: The Last Airbender with creators — first up is an animated film. EW.com (February 24, 2021). Retrieved on February 24, 2021.
  2. The launch of Avatar Studios means that the fantastic universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender will expand into new series, short-form content, spin offs, and theatrical films on #ParamountPlus.. Paramount+ (February 24, 2021). Retrieved on February 24, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Franchise To Expand With Launch Of Nickelodeon's Avatar Studios, Animated Theatrical Film In The Works. Deadline (February 24, 2021). Retrieved on February 24, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Basco, Dante (host), Varney, Janet (host), DiMartino, Michael Dante (guest), Konietzko, Bryan (guest). (June 29, 2021). "Origin Stories with Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko Pt. 2". Avatar: Braving the Elements. Episode 3. iHeartRadio.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Inside the Universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra - Comic Con Meta*Pod. iHeartRadio (June 29, 2022). Retrieved on June 29, 2022.
  6. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Heart of a Hero: Zhang, Kat, Oak, Debbie: 9780316408011. Amazon (February 27, 2024). Retrieved on March 6, 2024. “This story is a welcome addition to the beloved franchise, which will soon also include four new TV series and three movies.”
  7. Brian Robbins on Prioritizing Kids & Family Content Across Platforms. Paramount (September 2, 2021). Retrieved on September 2, 2021. “And one of the other big projects that we're working on, on the theatrical front is Avatar. We signed a deal to bring the original creators of Avatar back into the studios. They started Avatar Studios, and they're well on their way in development on a series of CG films and a new Avatar series.”
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Grobar, Matt (June 15, 2022). Three Animated Avatar Films In Works From Paramount, Nickelodeon; Lauren Montgomery To Direct The First. Deadline. Retrieved on June 15, 2022.
  9. Flying Bark recruiting artists to work on Paramount/Nickelodeon's 2D Avatar film. if.com (October 13, 2022). Retrieved on October 13, 2022.
  10. Flying Bark on Twitter. Twitter (October 13, 2022). Retrieved on October 13, 2022.
  11. Motomayor, Rafael (June 16, 2022). Rafael Motomayor on Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved on June 16, 2022.
  12. Motomayor, Rafael (June 17, 2022). Rafael Motomayor on Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved on June 17, 2022.
  13. We are the designers of Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Games. AMA!. Reddit.com. Retrieved on August 31, 2021.
  14. DeArmitt, Grant (November 3, 2022). Stream the Water, Earth, Fire, Air Avatar panel from NYCC. Popverse. Retrieved on December 1, 2022.
  15. Exclusive: Mai loves getting cherry ice cream because "it pisses Azula off" 😂. Avatar News. Retrieved on November 19, 2021.
  16. Just got some HUGE NEWS from @janetvarney at our #NickSDCC Avatar: Braving the Elements – LIVE! panel, the first feature-length movie from Avatar Studios will be focusing on Avatar Aang and his friends!. Nickelodeon (July 22, 2022). Retrieved on July 22, 2022.
  17. Radulovic, Petrana (April 27, 2023). Aang and the Avatar gang will be your age when the new animated movie finally comes out in 2025. Polygon. Retrieved on July 4, 2024.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Dave Bautista and Eric Nam to Headline Voice Cast for New ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Animated Movie at Paramount, Nickelodeon. Variety (April 11, 2024). Retrieved on April 12, 2024.
  19. Avatar: The Last Airbender and SpongeBob Movies Get 2025 Release Dates From Paramount. Variety (November 10, 2022). Retrieved on November 10, 2022.
  20. Rubin, Rebecca (April 18, 2024). ‘Aang: The Last Airbender’ Delayed to 2026, ‘Transformers One’ Moves Back a Week. Variety. Retrieved on April 18, 2024.
  21. who we are | 7forward. 7 Forward Entertainment. Retrieved on November 30, 2023.
  22. 에릭남 Eric Nam - Instagram photos and videos. Instagram (April 12, 2024). Retrieved on April 13, 2024.
  23. Archived at Morgan Bannon on X. X (April 12, 2024). Retrieved on April 13, 2024.
  24. 'Fairly OddParents' Live-Action Series, 'Blue's Clues' Movie Highlight Nickelodeon's Global Push (Exclusive). the Hollywood Reporter (July 12, 2021). Retrieved on July 13, 2021.
  25. Jeremy Zuckerman on Twitter. Twitter (July 21, 2021). Retrieved on July 21, 2021.
  26. Joan Hilty on Instagram. Instagram (September 3, 2021). Retrieved on September 4, 2021.
  27. Basco, Dante (host), Varney, Janet (host), Pensoneau, Migizi (guest). (January 4, 2022). ""Bato of the Water Tribe" with Migizi Pensoneau". Avatar: Braving the Elements. Episode 31. iHeartRadio.
  28. Dechen Kelden on Linkedin. Linkedin. Retrieved on October 18, 2023.
  29. Lauren Montgomery on Linkedin. Linkedin. Retrieved on January 15, 2022.
  30. Steve Ahn on Twitter. Twitter (March 14, 2022). Retrieved on March 14, 2022.
  31. Basco, Dante (host), Varney, Janet (host), Coleman, Eric (guest). (May 9, 2023). "Bringing the Avatarverse to Life with Eric Coleman". Avatar: Braving the Elements. Episode 100. iHeartRadio.
  32. Basco, Dante (host), Varney, Janet (host), Hedrick, Tim (guest). (August 23, 2022). "Avatar on the Page with Tim Hedrick". Avatar: Braving the Elements. Episode 63. iHeartRadio.
  33. Basco, Dante (host), Varney, Janet (host), Hedrick, Tim (guest). (May 28, 2024). "'The Western Air Temple' with Tim Hedrick". Avatar: Braving the Elements. Episode 120. iHeartRadio.

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