Every Upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender Series and Film

Because animation is making a comeback.
Published On August 18, 2023

While Generations turned out to be a mobile game, the show’s makers are set on a resurgence for the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series — expanding the universe with characters from the past and future. Photo via Avatar News.

It was in December last year that we first got the news of a new slate of Avatar: The Last Airbender animated extravaganza — courtesy of the newly established Avatar Studios.

A new animated movie and show will be debuting every year starting 2025, reported the fan site Avatar News — with the first film to focus on the original “gaang,” but in their adulthood.

  • Paramount and Nickelodeon confirmed the upcoming projects during a presentation at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, revealing three movies and three shows to be in development.
  • Nickelodeon’s Avatar Studios banner will be led by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, co-creators of the original series.
  • Each movie will serve as a standalone story, with the first coming out on Oct. 10, 2025 — directed by Lauren Montgomery, who worked on the previous two Avatar series and Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender.
  • Beginning with the first film, the studio is planning to release a new movie and show every year at least until 2027.

These offerings will have no connections to Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the original series. DiMartino and Konietzo previously quit the Netflix adaptation, citing creative differences.

The upcoming films will be getting a theatrical release, followed by joining the animated series at Paramount+ for the foreseeable future. Here’s a quick rundown of everything the studio has announced or is rumored to be developing in the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe.

Three new Avatar films.

The studio is developing three animated films, reported Variety last year — with Avatar News later reporting that the three films would revolve around Avatar Kiyoshi (an Avatar before Aang), now Fire Lord Zuko, and Avatar Korra (following the events of The Legend of Korra).

  • However, it was later announced at an SDCC panel that the first film will instead be focusing on Aang and the original gang, with no word of a standalone Avatar Kiyoshi film.
  • The Zuko film will likely focus on the post-100-Year War era, but there’s no info on whether the now Fire Lord will be joined by other mains of The Last Airbender.

While the films are expected to get a more updated look, the animation style will not divert much from the original series to capture the show’s unique character.

All the Avatars before Avatar Korra.
A young Avatar Kiyoshi without her "Kiyoshi Warriors" makeup.

The upcoming Avatar movies will focus on an adult Avatar Aang (left, front) and Avatar Kiyoshi (right), the latter of which will serve as a prequel of sorts to the original series.

Images by Nickelodeon

New animated series featuring the next Avatar.

The first of the three new animated series (releasing in 2025) will be featuring the new Earth Avatar, reported Avatar News. The Earth Avatar will also be getting their own movie in 2027, reported the outlet.

While further details about the two other upcoming spinoffs remain under wraps, the studio has confirmed its long-term plans for “The Last Airbender” universe.

“Mike and Bryan are hard at work, and I think that universe will encompass definitely a theatrical film, animation, certainly multiple TV series and probably multiple films,” told Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins to Deadline — confirming the development of multiple animated series.

The original Avatar: The Last Airbender series and its sequel, The Legend of Korra are currently streaming on Netflix, while the forthcoming animated films and shows will be released theatrically and on Paramount+.