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She's ready to take on the world

Avatar: Legend of Korra (working title) is an upcoming and in-development television mini-series set in theAvatar universe as a sequel to "Avatar: The Last Airbender". The title was trademarked by Nickelodeon in May 2010 and leaked by the media shortly afterward; more information was revealed in late June 2010, just prior to the release of the feature film The Last Airbender.[1][2]

Nickelodeon is currently staffing up for production,[3][4] adding that Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creatorsMichael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are involved and that more information will be forthcoming at a later date, possibly Comic-Con 2010.[5] On July 21, the Associated Press confirmed the series for a 2011 release.


Avatar: Legend of Korra takes place 75 years after Avatar: The Last Airbender.[6] Korra is the next Avatar after Aang, a rebellious girl who is hotheaded, independent and "ready to take on the world".[7][8] Korra comes from the Southern Water Tribe, and has already mastered Earth, Fire, and Water. Aang and Katara's son Tenzin is herAirbending teacher.[9][10]

Storyline

One of the story's settings is Republic City, a "metropolis powered by steam-type technology", "inhabited by people from all four nations". Here Korra must deal with rampant crime and an anti-bender revolt.[11] Mike and Bryan have said that the world of Avatar has "definitely changed, and evolved, and advanced, but we're very conscious of keeping the same feeling. Not totally different, but it's definitely generations later."[12]

Rumors

Note: PLEASE note that the below "confirmations" delivered to you by many Avatar fansites are NOT confirmed as of yet. DO NOT take most of the information here as a fact. Also, DO NOT edit things interpreted as "fact" into this article. Furthermore, do not add in "question is" and speculation debates.

These storyline elements remain unconfirmed.

  • Aang is featured in the series in the Spirit World, as Roku and past Avatars were to Aang in the Last Airbender.
    • This seems likely because Aang commented that no-one except a previous Avatar can really teach, or at least offer guidance to, the current Avatar about their duties beyond Bending. This reinforced an earlier statement from Gyatso to Aang that once Aang could enter the Air Temple Sanctuary he would meet someone who would help him become a better Avatar, when he finally entered the Sanctuary it contained only statues of all the previous Avatars.
    • If Aang's own experiences are any guide, Aang would seem the most likely past Avatar to speak to Korra. Aang immediately felt a strong connection with a statue of Roku, instinctively knowing Roku's name and that Roku was his previous self, and Roku appeared to Aang more regularly then any other of his previous selves.
  • This tweet shows that there will be a character named Meelo in the series.[13] The tweet also says there will be a character named Wei Bei.[14]
  • There is also a rumor that there will be flashbacks of the original series. This may be part of what was implied when DiMartino mentioned that there was a "definite link" between the old series and this one.
  • Flashbacks in the new series may pertain to what the group did after The War, such as Zuko searching for his mother, the rebuilding of the Air Temples, the newly rebuilt Southern Water Tribe, if Kuei was restored to his throne, and Ba Sing Se after the Order of the White Lotus saved it from the Fire Nation.
  • Flashbacks may also give insight on the development of Republic City, since a metropolis so large had to gain more people in more than 75 years.
    • Republic City may have been a smaller nation in the original Avatar series.
      • During the original no mention was made of a nation other then the traditional four.
    • It is possible the physical city existed during the original series, perhaps with a different name and as part of another nation, and has grown in the 75 years since.
      • However nothing about the city's history has been confirmed.
  • This series might be a mini series with 12 episodes. It might also be released during Fall of next year.[15]
  • Andrea Romano, the voice casting director of Avatar The Last Airbender and presently working on Legend of Korra, has stated that the generation of the original cast of characters has died off and will not be in the show. However she has not ruled out the possibility that previous characters may appear in flashbacks.
    • She also said that the show takes place 75 years into the future.
  • As mentioned, the cabbage merchant will not appear but "his legacy will be present in some form."

Development

Although the creators of the show had planned an ending to the show, the success of Avatar: The Last Airbender caused Nickelodeon to ask for more episodes.[16] The creators then came out with this new idea of the next Avatar, this time a girl named Korra. They decided upon a female Avatar after the large audience of females of the original show and the adoration of headstrong Katara by the female fanbase, and felt it was time to have a big action franchise with a female in the lead instead of the traditional male role.[16]

The show will be darker and more mature than the original show, though the creators are not trying to target a new audience (saying the original was filled with adult themes), with more mature themes, but will also try to balance it out with a similar sense of fun and adventure of the original series.

In a recent interview, Mike and Bryan said that the show "won't cover more mature subject material necessarily, just different mature subjects. It has been cast and three episodes have already been recorded. Mike and Brian have confirmed that they will write all twelve episodes.[17][18]

Music

Jeremy Zuckerman of the Track Team has said he will 'absolutely' return to compose the music for the show during a panel at Comic-Con 2010. However, he has not yet started working on the series, so no music for the series has been produced as of yet.[19] However, the Track Team has said that the music will be "the Roaring '20s with an Asian twist".


References

  1. http://twitter.com/TVTango/statuses/14509554829
  2. http://www.toonzone.net/news/articles/33286/nickelodeon-studios-staffing-up-for-new-avatar-the-last-airbender-project
  3. http://tbe.taleo.net/NA5/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=MTVNETWORKS&cws=1&rid=454
  4. http://cartoonsnap.blogspot.com/2010/04/more-animation-jobs-avatar-last.html
  5. http://youbentmywookie.com/entertainment/rumors-of-new-avatar-the-last-airbender-animated-series-confirmed-9311
  6. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/07/21/avatar-the-last-airbender-nickelodeon-greenlights-tv-sequel-the-legend-of-korra/
  7. http://movies.yahoo.com/news/movies.ap.org/nickelodeon-sets-last-airbender-sequel-2011-ap;_ylt=AoYQxEKlZD3JqKRdK60fghxfVXcA
  8. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hbTT0HDUdgI8sCe4d8eMDKmUBzoAD9H3C6O00
  9. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/07/21/avatar-the-last-airbender-nickelodeon-greenlights-tv-sequel-the-legend-of-korra/
  10. http://www.ugo.com/tv/comic-con-2010-legend-of-korra-interview
  11. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/07/21/avatar-the-last-airbender-nickelodeon-greenlights-tv-sequel-the-legend-of-korra/
  12. http://www.ugo.com/tv/comic-con-2010-legend-of-korra-interview
  13. http://twitter.com/DJSauceda/status/13860152307
  14. http://legendofkorra.com/?p=5
  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiBfk2_VPGA
  16. 16.0 16.1 http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/07/21/legend-of-korra-the-creators-of-avatar-the-last-airbender-on-the-new-spinoff/
  17. http://www.lastairbenderfans.com/
  18. http://dongbufeng.net/site1/content/view/1137/188/
  19. http://www.ugo.com/tv/comic-con-2010-avatar-airbender-composer-confirmed-for-legend-of-korra

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