Four people of the four nations! After Netflix enraged fans of Nickelodeon’s classic series Avatar: The Last Airbender by making drastic changes to their planned live action movie based on the show, Nickelodeon has announced the launch of Avatar Studios, a new division within the company that offers original content will create animated series and films based on the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spin-off, The Legend of Korra
The best part of the news is that Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who were the shows’ original creators and executive producers, will head the new studio as co-chief creative officers, months after the duo left Netflix’s planned Avatar: The Last Airbender. . film in which creative differences are mentioned. In a statement to EW, DiMartino and Konietzko promised to expand the world of the original series in new and exciting ways.
“It’s hard to believe we were founded 19 years ago Avatar: The Last AirbenderBut even after all this time, there are still many stories and time periods in Aang’s world that we would like to bring to life. We are fortunate to have an ever-growing community of passionate fans who enjoy 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 stories on a grand scale, in a myriad of exciting ways and mediums. “
The original Avatar: The Last Airbender show told the story of a world where humanity is split into four nations named after water, earth, fire and air. Every nation has “benders” who can manipulate the element of their people. The only one who can bend all four elements is the mythical “Avatar”, a being who has been reincarnated time and time again through the ages and is tasked with keeping the peace between the four nations.
When a young child named Aang discovers that he is destined to become the new Avatar, he initially walks away from responsibility, but eventually grows to accept his role and sets out on a journey to master the four elements. , while also avoiding a coup by the Fire Nation with the help of his friends. The show’s complex mythology was one of the reasons for its immense popularity over two decades. According to DiMartino and Konietzko, Nickelodeon has given them complete freedom to use the Avatar mythology in even more ambitious directions with future projects.
“We are extremely grateful [Nickelodeon president] Brian Robbins and [president of Nickelodeon Animation] Ramsey Naito for their enthusiasm and respect for Avatar’s property and us as stewards. From the beginning, they have supported our ambitious plans and created a positive, proactive environment for us. We are excited to be back at Nickelodeon where Avatar began, doing what we do best in the greatest possible way. We can’t wait to build the amazing teams and productions to make all this fantasy a reality. “
Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra are now available to stream on Netflix. EW unveiled this scoop for the first time.