Voice actress Janet Varney, who played Korra in “The Legend of Korra,” recorded a message revealing the subject of the film. “There have been a lot of rumors floating around, a lot of speculation, and a lot of excitement — I feel it too,” she said, while holding an “Avatar: The Last Airbender” tie-in novel. “But we figured it was time to set the record straight. The first feature-length movie from Avatar Studios will be focusing on Avatar Aang and his friends. And I for one cannot wait.”
Just got some HUGE NEWS from @janetvarney at our #NickSDCC Avatar: Braving the Elements – LIVE! panel, the first feature-length movie from Avatar Studios will be focusing on Avatar Aang and his friends! 💨💦🍃🔥 pic.twitter.com/dsbK1XMCe5
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) July 22, 2022
Reports from the panel further revealed that this yet-untitled first of three feature films, which are separate stories and not part of a trilogy, will take place after the conclusion of the original series.
There is a lot of story to be mined from those unseen years of Aang and his allies, much of which was expanded on in tie-in novels and comics. The final episode of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” even hinted as much, with the still-unresolved thread of Zuko’s lost mother (those curious should check out Gene Luen Yang’s comic book about that quest, “The Search”). It’s unclear whether the first Avatar Studios feature film would simply adapt these existing properties to the big screen, or whether it would create an entirely original story. With series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino leaving the Netflix series and building this whole franchise on their own terms, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the latter.
Lauren Montgomery, who worked on both “Avatar” and “Legend of Korra” as a storyboard artist and would go on to serve as co-showrunner for “Voltron: Legendary Defender,” will be directing the first film. Konietzko and DiMartino will be executive producing alongside Eric Coleman.