Posts Tagged ‘aang’

Mike & Bryan Interview & HD Korra Promo Art

July 21, 2010

The good people at Nick were kind enough to pass along a high definition version of “The Legend of Korra” promotional art. Click the image above to see it in all its glory.

In other Korra news, Speakeasy spoke with “Avatar: The Last Airbender” creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko in an interview that sheds some light on a number of topics ranging from the highly anticipated new series, to their thoughts on Shyamalan’s adaptation, whom the mother of Aang’s son Tenzin is, and more! Read on Avatar faithful!

The Wall Street Journal: How did you come up with the idea for the spinoff?

Bryan Konietzko: When Mike and I first created “Avatar: The Last Airbender” we always knew it would have an ending to it, that particular story. But as the show really took off, and found an audience all over the world, we knew that despite our intentions of ending that story there would probably be a time when Nickelodeon would come calling and want some more episodes….When that time came we had this idea for jumping ahead and telling a story about the next Avatar, this girl Korra. (more…)

The Legend of Korra Announced!

July 21, 2010


Nickelodeon has officially announced that a sequel to the critically acclaimed “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is the works! From the creator-producers of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “The Legend of Korra” (tentatively titled) animated series is slated to premiere in 2011. According to Nickelodeon executive Brown Johnson, the new series will follow the adventures of a teenage Water Tribe  girl avatar named Korra (pictured above presumably), described as a independent hothead “ready to take on the world.”

Here is the full press release courtesy of Nickelodeon!

NICKELODEON GREENLIGHTS NEW SERIES
FROM THE CREATORS OF THE ANIMATED TELEVISION HIT
AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER

Series Creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
Bring Fans a New Adventure in the Avatar World The Legend of Korra (more…)

REVIEW The Last Airbender

July 10, 2010

Lost in translation. What better phrase to sum up M. Night Shyamalan’s efforts to bring the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series to the silver screen? It has been three and a half years since Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies announced the hiring of  Oscar nominated director M. Night Shyamalan to produce the live action adaptation, much to the trepidation of Avatar fans worldwide. While Night’s early Hollywood career met with substantial box office success and critical acclaim, his two most recent films (and a third to be released in 2008) were received far less favorably. Many were beginning to justifiably doubt his directing talents, and still more wondered if he had the skills necessary to do justice to the Peabody award winning modern classic. We’ve been following this film since production finally began to ramp up in the fall of 2008; covering every news item, every photo snapped, every interview given, every trailer screened, and we were even lucky enough to have a chance to interview Night himself back in March earlier this year. The cast and crew said the right things, the costumes and sets looked fantastic, the special fx wowed us, and Night had a lot of enthusiasm for the show & seemed to get what made Avatar great. Aside from the much publicized casting issues, things seemed to have been progressing most auspiciously. I was lucky enough to have been invited to the film’s premiere at the Lincoln Center in New York City on June 30th. Having given myself a few days deliberation, I believe I’m ready to submit a critique of the film that will hopefully keep gut-reaction hyperbole to a minimum. (more…)

Night Talks Sequel

July 6, 2010

Having grossed $51.8 million over the Fourth of July weekend, The Last Airbender’s current domestic box office now stands at $69.3 million after only five days! Director M. Night Shyamalan already has the entirety of the sequel mapped out, with Summer Bishil becoming the main antagonist for the remainder of the films.

“The third is more ambiguous, but the second one, I’ve written a draft that I’m really happy with and is darker and richer, and it has a wonderful antagonist in it in Azula, who’s kind of like our only real, pure antagonist in the series, so I’m excited about that.”

Night also spoke on the absence of the Kyoshi Warriors from the first film, and hints that we might not see them on the eventual home release.

“I probably won’t show the Kyoshi Warriors because I want to save them for the second movie, because I’m going to have to introduce them all over again.”

“We shot [the scene] and [the Kyoshi Warriors] were amazing, and we spent an unbelievable amount of time choreographing them,” he said. “And they just distracted from the movie, because the movie wasn’t about them.”

Of course, all of these plans hinge on The Last Airbender’s box office success.

Princess Azula Revealed At Last

June 27, 2010

Some of you may have seen a rogue screenshot floating around the tubes with some surprising news, well it’s true.  The folks over at Paramount have released The Last Airbender‘s final credit sheet, revealing everyone’s favorite lightning bending psychotic at last: 21-year-old Summer Bishil! Ms. Bishil’s credits include roles in Hannah Montana, Return to Halloweentown, Crossing Over, and the recently canceled CBS medical drama Three Rivers. In 2007, she was picked by Variety as one of their Top 10 actors to watch. Ms. Bishil was also nominated for the best actress Spirit Award for her role in the film Towelhead.

And The Winners Are…

June 25, 2010

The deadline has passed, and the winners have been chosen and notified by email! Yes our Simon & Schuster Airbender book tie-in giveaway has officially come to a close. Thank you all for your wonderful submissions, and congratulations to the winners. For those that weren’t so lucky this time, don’t despair. Wii will be conducting another giveaway contest very soon. Until then, feel free to read the winning entrees. It could be you!! (more…)

New Airbender Clips Released

June 25, 2010

TrailerAddict.com posted two new clips from The Last Airbender today. If you’re concerned about spoilers I would not recommend watching. Enjoy and remember The Last Airbender comes out July 1st.

Aang Battling Fire Nation Soldiers

Zuko and Katara Fighting

Paramount Gambles Big With Airbender

June 25, 2010

A recent LA Times Business article has revealed that not only has Paramount invested $150 million into the production of The Last Airbender, but also a gargantuan $130 million into the marketing campaign, making The Last Airbender more than twice as expensive as any of M. Night’s previous films! Paramount Chief Executive Brady Grey doesn’t seem worried.

“Like every filmmaker, Night has had his hits and misses, but I believed in his vision and that he could execute it,” Grey said, adding “It’s a bold step because he had to create a potential new family franchise.”

With an unprecedented cross-promotional marketing campaign between Viacom owned networks Nickelodeon,  MTV, Comedy Central, Spike TV, and CMT, one can hardly fault him for his optimism. However, Airbender does face stiff competition in the third entry in the Twilight Saga, Eclipse, opening a day earlier.

“I’m hoping after they see ‘Eclipse,’ they’ll come see our movie,” Shyamalan said.

HD Television Spots #5 and #6

June 25, 2010

Paramount released two high-definition versions of television spots #5 and #6 today for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy and keep checking for the results of the novel contest!

Television Spot #5 “The One”

Television Spot #6 “Save Us”

New Momo TV Spot!

June 21, 2010

At long last we get our first glimpse of live action Momo in motion in the newest TV spot!

And some classic Katara & Sokka bending shenanigans at the end too.