The world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra is going to get a whole lot bigger. Nickelodeon revealed that it’s launching Avatar Studios, a division specifically formed to create new series and movies based on the Avatar franchise.
The studio will be led by co-chief creative officers Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino, the co-creators of both Avatar and Korra.
This announcement coincided with a number of other reveals related to the Paramount+ streaming service, which will feature content from Avatar Studios (Paramount and Nickelodeon are both owned by ViacomCBS). Content from Avatar Studios will also premiere on Nickelodeon and theatrically. In fact, the first project from Avatar Studios will be an animated theatrical film beginning production later this year.
“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,” says Brian Robbins, President, ViacomCBS Kids & Family.
If you’re like me, you revisited Avatar and Korra last year when both series came to Netflix (and loved it all over again), no doubt contributing to reignited popularity Robbins acknowledges. We’re super excited by this announcement and cautiously optimistic about what projects Avatar Studios could be working on.
What Projects Could Avatar Studios Be Working On?
Real quick, here’s some content we think Avatar Studios could be creating:
- Adaptations of the graphic novel series that picks up right after the end of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Specifically, The Search, which focuses on what happened to Zuko’s mother.
- An Avatar Kyoshi miniseries or multiple miniseries focusing on different Avatars.
- An animated series on Paramount+ focusing on Korra and Asami so we can actually see them smooch.