Nickelodeon and Paramount Animation have announced that they’ve planned three films to be based in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Nickelodeon’s hit animated series.
Lauren Montgomery is currently set to direct the first Avatar film, though the movie currently has no title. Avatar co-creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are producing alongside Eric Coleman, and the film will be produced under Avatar Studios.
“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,” said Ramsey Naito, President of Animation at Paramount and Nickelodeon Animation
The original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series for three seasons on Nickelodeon from February 2005 to July 2008.It received substantial acclaim during its run, picking up multiple Annie Awards, Genesis Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award.
In the series, the world is divided into four nations — the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads — each represented by a natural element for which the nation is named. Benders have the ability to control and manipulate the element from their nation. Only the Avatar is the master of all four elements. The ruthless Fire Nation wants to conquer the world, but the only bender who has enough power to stop them, the Avatar, has disappeared … until now. His tribe soon discovers that Aang is the long-lost Avatar. Now, Katara and Sokka must safeguard Aang on his journey to master all four elements and save the world from the Fire Nation.