As it turned out, a dreadful live-action adaptation flop was not enough to drive fans away. In fact, M. Night Shyamalan’s revolting attempt only made the world even thirstier for more Avatar content, because everybody knows for a fact how great is the franchise’s untapped potential– it just kind of fell into the wrong hands.

Fortunately, our wishes have been heard and on their way to becoming reality. ViacomCBS just announced that a new division built upon the Avatar franchise has been established, and we’re calling it ‘Avatar Studios.’

Avatar Studios,’ according to a press release, will produce more “original content spanning animated series and movies.” It sees the return of Aang and Korra‘s executive producers and original creators, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who were supposedly part of Netflix’s ATLA live-action remake but had to leave the production due to creative differences. The duo will be running the studio as co-chief creative officers under Nickelodeon Animation President, Ramsey Naito.

Related: Original Creators of ‘Avatar: The Legend of Aang’ Quit Netflix’s Live-Action Remake

A new film and a series

Fans would be delighted to know that there are already new projects being developed. First in the line are an all-new live-action film– which will hopefully serve as an act of redemption– plus, an animated series. While details such as the cast and premiere date are still unknown, early reports state that the theatrical film is set to start production this year.

In addition to new characters, places, and adventures to be explored in future projects, fans can also anticipate the return of some of our most beloved side characters, whose narratives hadn’t been given much focus in previous shows thus giving the creators plenty enough materials to work with. Avatar Kyoshi’s background, Zuko’s fate after the defeat of Ozai, and the history of White/Red Lotus are just a handful of the many plots we’d like to see playing out in the future.

New content to be coming from ‘Avatar Studios’ will be available on different platforms such as Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ new streaming service, and Nickelodeon’s own platforms. Films are slated to premiere in theaters.

More than 16 years since Avatar: The Last Airbender premiered on TV, the consensus that it’s one of the best– if not the best– animated series of all time remains unchanged. With a studio entirely dedicated to expanding the widely beloved Avatar universe, we can celebrate knowing that the legendary franchise is finally getting the treatment it so rightly deserves.

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