‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Creators Say New Projects Will Tell Original Stories

The films are rumored to center around Zuko, Kyoshi, and Korra.

Kyoshi Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko revealed their new projects will not adapt the graphic novels and books that have come out.

Since the completion of The Legend of Korra, new Avatar: The Last Airbender material has come out in the form of graphic novels and books. A recent report suggests the new Avatar films in the works will follow Zuko, Kyoshi, and Korra.

A New Era

All three of these characters have had new material written about them in other mediums. On the Comic Con Meta*Pod, it sounds like creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will be taking a page out of Lucasfilm’s book with their treatment of the EU and develop new material instead of adapting old stories:

Mike: “I think the thing we’re not doing now– not saying this couldn’t happen some day– is, like, we’re not adapting the graphic novels into a [movie or] TV show, we’re not adapting the YA novels into a movie or TV show. Again, that could happen in the future.”

Bryan: “But we are feeding off of them.”

Mike: “We’ve been involved in all those main ancillary stories, so in our minds it’s mostly canon. There’s probably some stuff if we may go back, like: ‘that doesn’t totally line up with this’, so there may be some little tweaks here and there, but as of right now we’re proceeding as if all this stuff is part of the proper universe and hopefully building on it.”

Bryan Konietzko also teased the animation style we will see in future Avatar: The Last Airbender projects:

 “We love all sorts of animation, and we’re gonna be doing all sorts of things, but our main bread and butter is 2D animation. It’s an homage to anime and all the stuff that we love. That doesn’t mean we’re gonna be, like, hardcore straightedge 2D using cels and painting the backgrounds with poster paint. The way we always look at it is: start with hand-drawn, handmade artwork and then: what can technology do to help us enhance it, to help us deepen it, to help the filmmaking, to make it more cinematic? But we’re always gonna be coming at it from that [2D] direction. We’re not planning on doing anything, at the moment, especially none of our big projects, that are starting purely 3D and then trying to stylize them. We looked at it, we thought about it, and there’s beautiful stuff happening in that space– Arcane and Spider-Verse are gorgeous and groundbreaking and pushing the envelope, but that’s their own look and we’re not chasing that stuff. We didn’t form Avatar Studios to go chasing someone else’s coattails. I think that stuff’s beautiful, but a ton of other studios are chasing those looks. Leave that to them; those artists worked hard to form that look and we’re looking hard to form our own look, but we’re not doing anything purely 3D.”

Here is the synopsis for Avatar: The Last Airbender:

With the Fire Nation on the brink of global domination, a young girl and her brother discover a 12-year old Airbender who reveals himself as the Avatar. Will this irresponsible kid accept his destiny in time to save the world?

Created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the animated series features the voicing talents of Zach Tyler Eisen, Mae Whitman, Jack DeSena, Dante Basco, Jessie Flower, Dee Bradley Baker, Mako, Greg Baldwin, Grey DeLisle, and Mark Hamill.

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Source: Comic Con Meta*Pod (via Avatar News)

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.