Paramount and Nickelodeon are developing three films set in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender, with Lauren Montgomery directing the first.
The Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise is back in full force with several projects in the works following the conclusion of The Legend of Korra in 2014. Last year, it was announced that original creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino would be developing new projects under Avatar Studios. A live-action Last Airbender adaptation for Netflix is currently filming, which is separate from Avatar Studios.
It was initially shared that an upcoming feature film set in The Last Airbender world was in the works. Paramount has now revealed at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival that there are three films in development, with the first helmed by Lauren Montgomery. Here’s what the president of animation and development at Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, Ramsey Naito, had to say regarding Montgomery’s involvement:
“As original creators Mike and Bryan expand 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 forthcoming theatrical.”
A Zuko Story?
The three Avatar films will be standalone stories and not part of a trilogy. According to a report from Avatar News in May, one of the films could center around Zuko, a fan favorite from the original series. The site also reported the other film would be a prequel set before the events of The Last Airbender.
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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