The Next Avatar

I have to admit, I can’t wait for the next Avatar. And I’m not talking about James Cameron or M. Night Shyamalan.

I had no idea that Nickelodeon had greenlit The Legend of Korra. Taking place 70 years after Avatar: The Last Airbender, it is apparently about the avatar that follows Aang, a waterbender who learns airbending from the son of Aang and Katara. The plot revolves around an anti-bending revolution.

Seriously, this sounds cool to me.

19 thoughts on “The Next Avatar

  1. This should be really good. I don’t understand why they didn’t have the original creators write the screenplay for the movie. (Okay, I suppose I can guess, and it rhymes with Cryamalan and his unbreakable ego.) These people have a gift for storytelling and a very good sense for balancing drama and comedy. And kudos to them for starting a true sequel and not a prequel.

    Very cool.

  2. I’m really excited about this. Although I’m surprised they didn’t take things up after the first series. It struck me that there were a few lose threads (such as Zukko’s mom)

    BTW – regarding the WSJ interview. That was hilarious how they refused to comment on the movie. (Which I heard was horrible — quite a disappointment how Shamalanadingdong just jettisoned so much about the show people loved: including the names!)

  3. I would really like to see them do an animated feature of The Last Airbender. The series deserved a great movie and it didn’t get one. The live action movie was a missed opportunity, but there’s no reason why an animated feature can’t still be done. I would see it, if these guys are making it.

  4. What would be the point of an animated feature MCQ? The animated series is a masterpiece already and is already available on DVD.

    Seems to me that the live action adaptation had the chance to build on the series. But all reports indicate it fell on its face instead.

  5. A favorite in our house. Our 5 and 3 year olds regularly ask for it. Then they run around the house “pillow-bending” and “marble-bending”. I don’t have the heart to discourage it, probably because I’m “block-bending” right back at them. Can’t wait for the new series!

  6. MCQ,

    Well in this case it would be to convert the successful animated telling of the story into a live action version. That is why I was puzzled by your suggestion to do another animated version.

  7. Geoff, there have been a number of successful animated series that have been made into animated features, so I don’t understand the reason for your puzzlement. The reason that the live action feature failed was only because of poor execution on the part of the filmmaker, so I don’t see any reason why another feature couldn’t succeed if it was done right.

  8. Geoff, there have been a number of successful animated series that have been made into animated features

    You are probably right. But I can’t think of any similar situations off the top of my head. I mean there is the Simpsons Movie and maybe Beavis and Butthead, but those weren’t retelling the same serial story that was already done in the TV version so it seems like that is a different category. Which are you thinking of?

  9. OMG. A friend of mine is married to a producer on The Legend of Korra. So I weaseled my way into a tour of Nickelodeon studios today for me and my oldest daughter. I was sworn to secrecy, but I can tell you that what I saw today BEEEEEEEE-LEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW my MIND!

    I can’t wait for this show to come out.

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