"The Legend of Korra"
It's a happy day! Nickelodeon and the creators of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” have erased any bad memories of M. Night Shyamalan's failed adaptation of the original series with a new spinoff series, tentatively scheduled for 2011.
According to the Wall Street Journal post, “The Legend of Korra” is will be more mature than the original show, but will still have the same sense of fun and adventure. And, it will retain the original creative team of Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.
The new version will take place seventy years after the events of the original series, after Aang's death. The series will follow the next Avatar, a young girl named Korra - who will need to learn airbending from Aang's son, Tenzin. (And, yes...they did confirm that Tenzin's mother is Katara!). I obviously am stoked to see this.
I also love the attitudes of DiMartino and Konietzko. When asked about Shyamalan's live action version of “The Last Airbender”, they simply responded:
We didn’t head up that film. We’re just happy to be back generating the original content in this mythology, which is what we do.
They have the right attitude - stay above the fray, do what you do best. And they seem to be best at creating really, really good stories. I have something new to look forward to in 2011!