Three new animated Avatar films are in development at Nickelodeon’s Avatar Studios, according to Paramount and Nickelodeon. The first film will be directed by Lauren Montgomery (Avatar: The Last Airbender).
Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino, who created Nickelodeon’s franchise-launching series Avatar: The Last Airbender, will produce alongside Eric Coleman, the show’s EP.
Latifa Ouaou, EVP of Movies and Global Franchises at Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, will oversee the development of the first feature alongside Jason McConnell, Vice President of Animation at Nickelodeon Animation and Paramount Animation.
Montgomery is an experienced director, producer, and storyboard artist who worked on the original Avatar series in the latter position. Voltron: Legendary Defender, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Young Justice is some of his other directing credits.
“With original creators Mike and Bryan expanding 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 upcoming theatrical,” said Ramsey Naito, President of Animation & Development at Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation.
Avatar: The Last Airbender aired for three seasons between 2005 and 2008 and followed Aang (Zach Tyler Eisen), a young child who reawakens in a war-torn world of elemental magic to embark on a risky mystic quest in order to realize his destiny as the Avatar and bring peace to the world.
Nickelodeon followed up that enormously successful show with The Legend of Korra, which ran for four seasons between 2012 and 2014.
In the years afterward, the multimedia series has grown to include a 2010 live-action film directed by M. Night Shyamalan starring Dev Patel, as well as a slew of comics, books, video games, and home media releases. Netflix is now developing a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series, however, Konietzko and DiMartino will not be involved.
Avatar Studios is a division of Nickelodeon Animation that was announced in February of last year with the goal of creating original content for platforms like Paramount+ and Nickelodeon, as well as third-party platforms and theatres, based on the beloved worlds of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. As co-chief creative officers, DiMartino and Konietzko are in charge of the studio and report to Naito.
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is the next project for Paramount Animation, and it will be released on July 15th. Other future films include a new animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film (8/24/23), Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (10/13/23), The Tiger’s Apprentice (12/20/23), an unnamed animated Transformers film (7/19/24), and an untitled Smurfs animation musical (12/20/24), among others.
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