The world of Avatar: The Last Airbender is about to expand again.
According to a Viacom investors’ call heading up to the launch of Paramount Plus, The original creators of Avatar, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, have been tapped to head a new studio under Nickelodeon Animation. Aptly called Avatar Studios, it will create Avatar-related content for Paramount Plus and Nickelodeon. The first project on the docket is an animated theatrical feature, which will start production later this year. Details about the setting of the new movie were not immediately forthcoming.
The studio is not affiliated with the live-action Netflix Last Airbender series. Previously, the creators stepped off that project, citing creative differences.
The original animated Avatar series aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Set in a fantasy world where certain individuals can harness the four elements with specialized martial-arts moves, the show follows the titular Avatar, the only person capable of mastering all four elemental styles. The Avatar is reborn once every generation and is meant to maintain balance between the four elements and their wielders, but as the series begins, the Avatar has been missing from the world for a century. Reincarnated as a plucky 12-year-old named Aang, the Avatar and his friends must face the tyrannical Fire Nation, which is waging a devastating war against the rest of the world.
Avatar: The Last Airbender and the sequel series, The Legend of Korra, are currently streaming on Netflix.