Paramount and Nickelodeon Announce Three ‘Avatar’ Animated Feature Films


Lawrence Montgomery (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Voltron: Legendary Defender) is now attached to make an untitled animated film Avatar film currently in development under the Avatar Studios banner. The project will be the first of three animations Avatar features from Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation.

Avatar Studios was founded in February 2021 with a mission to create original content, from animated series to feature films, in the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Ramsey Naito, president of animation and development at Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, invoked that mission in a statement about Montgomery’s hiring.

“As the original creators, Mike [DiMartino] and Brian [Konietzko] expand the Avatar universe with us, we’re keeping it all in the family with Lauren, bringing the same kind of expert and beautiful work she did on the original series to her new directing duties on the upcoming theater,” Naito said.

The first film will be produced by Konietzko and DiMartino, alongside Eric Coleman (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Sponge Bob SquarePants). Its development will be overseen by Executive Vice President of Films and Worldwide Franchises for Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, Latifa Ouaou, and Vice President of Animation at Nickelodeon Animation and Paramount Animation, Jason McConnell.

Nickelodeon and Paramount Animation announced the upcoming feature films during their special presentation last week at Annecy 2022.

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