New Avatar: The Last Airbender Series Will Actually Be A Fan Discussion
Last week, Avatar fans were sent into a tizzy when the official Youtube channel shared a message about a new Avatar the Last Airbender series coming during an Earth Day Weekend celebration. After much excitement and general freaking out in the comments section, the channel clarified that the series would be a “fan-led original discussion series” and not an entirely new one that would be part of the same universe.
Whaaa???? Image via screengrab
Things were further confirmed when voice actor McKenzie Atwood tweeted this:
PSA: No, there is NOT a new Avatar animated series premiering on the 24th. The original post from the Avatar YouTube channel was just confusingly worded and has been edited. The "new series" is a series of fan discussion videos for their YouTube channel. RT to save a life pic.twitter.com/GjvaY3dnuq
— McKenzie Atwood (@MKatwood) April 17, 2021
While fans didn’t get the new series they were hoping for, there’s still reason to be optimistic. Back in February, Nickelodeon announced the creation of Avatar Studios, a new division to create original content based off the worlds from Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. The original creators and executive producers Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will lead the studio as co-chief creative officers and they already have their first project lined up: an animated theatrical film set to begin production this year. It is likely to be released on Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) although no exact release date is known yet.
After the Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action series on Netflix lost Dimartino and Konietzko due to creative differences, many figured there wasn’t going to be any further Avatar-related content. After all, most fans feel like the original creators and team should be involved in some way as no one wants to relive the dumpster fire that was M. Night Shyamalan’s version. With the announcement of Avatar Studios though, fans of the anime series can once again have something to look forward to, even if it’s not happening this year.
The 3-day event will begin on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22) and go through Saturday, April 24. There will be original videos, a live stream every day, and the aforementioned discussion series on the official Avatar: The Last Airbender Youtube channel.
Even though there isn’t going to be a new Avatar: The Last Airbender series, are you still excited to see what’s in store this Earth Day weekend?
Featured image via Nickelodeon
Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]