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Avatar: The Legend of Korra... 2011! 
21st-Jul-2010 07:23 am
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Cutting it close, the promised "Korra announcement before Comic-Con" popped up this morning.

Thanks foxtree for pointing out the picture.

Nickelodeon sets `Last Airbender' sequel for 2011

LOS ANGELES — A sequel to Nickelodeon's "Avatar: The Last Airbender" is in the works.

The channel said Wednesday the new animated TV series will premiere in 2011. It has the working title, "The Legend of Korra."

Nickelodeon says the series will build on the "mythology" of the original "The Last Airbender" series, which inspired this summer's live-action movie from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (SHAH-muh-lahn). [ed: BOO, hisssss!]

The "Legend of Korra" is from the creator-producers of "Avatar: The Last Airbender."

Nickelodeon executive Brown Johnson says the new series will focus on a teenage girl avatar named Korra. Brown describes her as hotheaded, independent and "ready to take on the world."

"Avatar: The Last Airbender" has ranked among the highest-rate series on the Nickelodeon and Nicktoons channels.

A badass female lead?! Hell yes! I really hope Mike and Bryan are planning on "sticking it" to all the horrible things the movie did, like marginalizing the Asian/Inuit influence and the female characters.

Source: AP

And more from WSJ thanks to chasingthecrow:
The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra.

Korra’s quest eventually leads her to Republic City–the epicenter of the world of “Avatar.” A metropolis powered by steampunk-type technology, the city is inhabited by people from all nations. Korra finds that Republic City suffers from rampant crime and is also dealing with an anti-bender revolt. Korra is tutored by Aang’s son, Tenzin, is the ways of airbending.
21st-Jul-2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
But will she be racially ambiguous?

This is great news. I must LOL, however, at the press release taking the time out to pronounce M. Night's name.
21st-Jul-2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I can just feel M. Night's lawyers insisting upon it in some line of a contract. "Every time you mention the Great One's name, emphasize the phonetic structure. He gains power every instance his name is uttered."
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21st-Jul-2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
I hoped so, too, but it doesn't looks like it from the pic:

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21st-Jul-2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
I have been squeeing about this on Tumblr and my own LJ, but, basically:

21st-Jul-2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
OT, but... My brother cosplayed as this guy once.
21st-Jul-2010 02:38 pm (UTC)

I can't wait until this starts developing more. We knew they were smart enough to make even more money off Avatar.

And who's the editor? That part in the article ( [ed: BOO, hisssss!] ) made me die laughing.
21st-Jul-2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
That would be me. Couldn't resist. :)
21st-Jul-2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
So. Freakin'. AWESOME.

Thanks for the news. :)
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21st-Jul-2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
*fist pump* sweeeet. i'm ready for some female badassery.
21st-Jul-2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
21st-Jul-2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
Haha, already thinking about how to cosplay her? :)
21st-Jul-2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Badassness...this picture has it.

Seriously, just from one image this thing looks like it's getting an epic treatment. Cannot wait!

Not to mention, a female lead with a person of colour. How awesome is that?
21st-Jul-2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Wow, that picture looks really.. futuristic? Is that Omashu? I can't tell if that's just supposed to be fog, or smog. Kind of wondering if this series will be way more Captain Planet-y.

21st-Jul-2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Maybe...Mike and Bryan were really inspired by Hayao Miyazaki while making ATLA and the environment is a major theme in his films.
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21st-Jul-2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, that is awesome. It would be really cool if this one delves a little more into Inuit influences, but either way: awesome.
21st-Jul-2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Well, the main character's a Southern Water Tribe member, so here's hoping! :)
21st-Jul-2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Okay, I am officially frothing out at steampunk Hong Kong.
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21st-Jul-2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Isn't Fire the last element to be taught, because it's so dangerous? Excepting avatars born into the Fire Nation?
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21st-Jul-2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Well, this is Mike and Bryan. Gotta love those guys. :)
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21st-Jul-2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
also, if Korra is learning airbending this would definitely make this Book 4: Air :-) or it would if I ran the zoo

Wonder if Katara's still alive?
21st-Jul-2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
I can't help wondering about the zero mention of Katara myself =/ Maybe it's just too early?
21st-Jul-2010 04:39 pm (UTC) - HAH!
Korra is tutored by Aang’s son, Tenzin, is the ways of airbending.

*glee* They are totally grinding in the Tibetan influence on Air Nomad culture. For those of you who don't remember, Tenzin Gyatso is the name of the current Dalai Lama. In a way, Aang's son will be named for his earliest mentor.

I really have nothing to add to this except YAY and WIN and XD.
21st-Jul-2010 04:46 pm (UTC) - Re: HAH!
Cool! And that's much subtler than say, Albus Severus :P
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21st-Jul-2010 04:45 pm (UTC)

Steampunk?! Female lead?! The future?! YES!
21st-Jul-2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Eee! Eee! Eee!

PoC female lead! Steampunk! AANG'S SON! Eeeeeeeeeee!

Oh man. Depending on when this comes out, I might be at college, without a TV. If that's the case, I might just have to buy a cheap TV. Just to watch this.
21st-Jul-2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
If we're lucky they'll release it Video on Demand at Amazon.com or on iTunes. I've really enjoyed those services and my girlfriend actually watched Airbender entirely on Netflix streaming.
21st-Jul-2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Steampunk? I don't really see the Avatar world and steampunk going together - was there any steampunk in the original series? - but it could be interesting to see.
21st-Jul-2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
The earliest, most preliminary idea for Avatar was an old man in a steampunk-type world, leading a flock of strange animals through the air. The Fire Nation's already proven itself to have steampunk tech, and then there was all the stuff the Machinist and Sokka came up with later, such as the submarine and the zeppelins.
21st-Jul-2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the good news - I sent the link to CaitieCat over at Shakesville, and everybody's really happy. :)
21st-Jul-2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oh. This is such a pleasant surprise. She looks pretty strong, look that back! XD On a shallow note, I guess the existence of Tenzin has pretty much sunk the good Zutara ship, lol
21st-Jul-2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
I guess the existence of Tenzin has pretty much sunk the good Zutara ship, lol

That's what fic is for. ;)
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