More content on the way for the Avatar franchise with Avatar Studios

With Avatar Studio being announced, Julia McGee-Russel explains what this means for the beloved franchise

Julia McGee-Russell
12th March 2021
Credit: IMDb, Avatar Studios
Long ago, the Avatar series lived in harmony. Then, the 2010 M. Night Shyamalan live-action film attacked. Only Avatar Studios, with original creators as co-chief creative officers, could stop terrible remakes from ruling the Avatar universe.
Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Credit: IMDb

Avatar Studios has been announced by ViacomCBS, and safe to say, fans are excited. The new studio will be based entirely around Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, and with the original creators of both series’ on board (Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko), there’s hope that we won’t have another repeat of the travesty that was The Last Airbender.

With no new on-screen since 2014, fans are eager for some more original content

There hasn’t been new content released on-screen within the Avatar universe since Korra finished in 2014, and with creators DiMartino and Konietzko leaving the team for the Netflix live-action adaptation series, fans are keen to see more original content. Avatar Studios has promised to fill the Avatar-shaped hole in all our hearts with “content spanning animated series and movies based on the beloved world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.” There has also been mention of short-form content and spin-offs. Avatar Studios’ first film will start production this year – however, there are no plot details released yet.

Korra in The Legend of Korra,Credit: IMDb

Exclusive content will be crucial to draw in subscriptions for Nickelodeon and ViacomCBS’ new service, Paramount Plus, and Avatar might just be the key to getting yet another new streaming platform off the ground. There’s plenty to draw from to make new and exciting series for Paramount Plus, whether it’s filling in the gaps of Aang and the gaang’s adult lives, Korra’s adventures with Asami, adapting the comics, or starting fresh with a brand new Avatar, there is so much space for the new studio to explore.

With a little luck, this new studio will give fans more than just repackaged nostalgia

With all the Avatar’s past lives as potential content for a series, in addition to the details included in the comics, there is a lot of potential for the new Avatar Studios. With a little luck, this new studio will return the Avatar world to the screen in the way it most deserves, and give the fans more than just repackaged nostalgia.

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AUTHOR: Julia McGee-Russell
Previous Deputy Editor of The Courier, previous Arts Sub-Editor and Head of News at Newcastle Student Radio. Lover of all things arts, culture, and self-care.

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