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Some Info On The Future Of Avatar Studios

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Last month, the news broke that our long national nightmare of mediocre live-action Avatar adaptions may be over (at least around Paramount). They’ve founded an entirely new studio dedicated to making new ANIMATED content set in the ATLA world, and calling it, fittingly, “Avatar Studios.”

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since we created Avatar: The Last Airbender,” said Konietzko and DiMartino in a joint statement released during the announcement. “But even after all that time, there are still many stories and time periods in Aang’s world that we are eager to bring to life. We are fortunate to have an ever-growing community of passionate fans that enjoys exploring the Avatarverse as much as we do.”

So now the question is…when could we begin seeing some of these shows and movies? Deadline asked Brian Robbins, network president of Nickelodeon, for a basic timetable. The bad news is…it looks like the whole operation is just getting started and we may not see any real content for many, many months.

Robbins told them Konietzko and DiMartino were currently hard at work on ideas and storylines, and nothing was in a ready enough state to even hint at. He did say that he expected Avatar Studios to produce TV shows “certainly,” multiple TV films “maybe” and — the most interesting part — a theatrical animated film “definitely.” Robbins spoke of a desire to create “an entire Avatar Airbender universe,” which either is or isn’t what the studio wants to call this whole thing.

“I think we will be ready very soon to tell the world what is coming first but we are not there yet because we’re in early stages of creative development,” Robbins said. He went on to reveal the deal with Netflix to produce a live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender happened prior to his joining Nickelodeon, and it was more likely that from this point forward all Avatar-related projects would be specifically for a CBSViacom-related channel or service.

Based on the length of similar projects in the past, we don’t anticipate seeing real footage from the first Avatar Studios project (announced to be a movie) until 2023. They could surprise us by booking it and getting something out within 2022, but mid-size animated projects tend to take an average of two years from foundation to completion.