Nickelodeon Greenlights New "Last Airbender" Spinoff

The beloved Nickelodeon animated series AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER will officially be getting a sequel, according to Screen Rant. The spinoff, entitled THE LEGEND OF KORRA, will center around a waterbender named Korra who becomes the Avatar, the one person chosen from all the world to control the elements of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. Created by original series masterminds Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzk, the new show will take place 70 years after the time of the original series, which ran three full seasons from 2005 to 2008.
After the death of Aang, the protagonist from the original series, Korra must learn the art of airbending from Aang’s son Tenzin. THE LEGEND OF KORRA is said to be aimed at a more mature audience. The show will open with an arc focused on an anti-bending movement taking place in Republic City, a new location unique to the new series.
Fans of the franchise will be glad to hear that their favorite characters from AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER may make occasional appearances in flashback form, and what’s more, original series composer Jeremy Zuckerman is on board for the new show as well. It sounds like Nickelodeon wants to honor the wishes of the original series’ ultra-devoted fans and bring them another show in the same vein. One thing’s for sure: fans will be happy to know that this series will be completely devoid of any influence from M. Night Shyamalan.

New 'Last Airbender' TV Ad

THE LAST AIRBENDER: Fulfill Your Destiny
The live action version of the anime-inspiried cartoon AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER series opens July 1st.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the film stars Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel, Jessica Jade Andres, Cliff Curtis, Aasif Mandvi, Shaun Toub,and Keong Sim.

Laserblast, June 22: Death Race 2000, Avatar the Last Airbender

Tuesday June 22 is short of exciting horror, fantasy, and science fiction titles arriving on home video, but cult fans will be pleased to note new DVD and Blu-ray discs for DEATH RACE 2000, the 1978 satire from producer Roger Corman, about a lethal cross-country race, for which drivers improve their ranking by mowing down pedestrians. It’s no secret that DEATH RACE is basically an exploitation rip-off of ROLLERBALL, but in this case the little low-budget movie is far livelier than its big-budget template. The film,  which stars the late David Carradine and a pre-ROCKY Sylvester Stallone, has been previously released on DVD several times (including a special edition), but this marks its Blu-ray debut. The high-def disc (featuring a 1.85 transfer from the Interpositive film element) is loaded with bonus features, including:

  • David On Death Race: Interview with David Carradine
  • Audio Commentary With Roger Corman & Mary Woronov
  • New Audio Commentary With Assistant Director Lewis Teague And Editor Tina Hirsh
  • Playing The Game: Looking Back at Death Race 2000
  • Ready To Wear: Interview with costume designer Jane Ruhm
  • Designing Dystopia A detailed look at the design of the films now-legendary race cars, costumes and futuristic landscapes with members of the production, design and costume crew
  • Start Your Engines: Interview with author Ib Melchior
  • Killer Score: An all-new interview with composer Paul Chihara on the creation of the films eclectic score
  • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman About Death Race 2000
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer With Commentary By John Landis
  • TV And Radio spots
  • 12-Page Booklet
  • New World Trailers

The week’s other releases include AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER: THE COMPLETE BOOK 1 (COLLECTOR’S EDITION) and THE GOTHIC HORROR COLLECTION: NOSFERATU, VAMPYR, AND LE VAMPIRE. The former is a 7-disc collection of the animated series that inspired by upcoming movie by M. Night Shyamalan. The latter is a single-disc featuring the over-rated F.M. Murnau silent adaptation of DRACULA, plus Carl Theodore Dryer’s creepy and critically well regarded VAMPYR (1932) and LE VAMPIRE (1945), a short documentary about vampire bats.

Noah Ringer on for Cowboys & Aliens

Actor Noah Ringer
Actor Noah Ringer

The folks over at Variety have the scoop that Noah Ringer has been cast in Jon Favreau’s (IRON MAN) next film; COWBOYS & ALIENS. Ringer is a relative unknown but after being given the lead role in AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER by M. Night Shyamalan he will be staring in Favreau’s upcoming sci-fi/western hybrid.

COWBOYS & ALIENS is being adapted from the comic book of the same name which implies a rather simple ‘cowboys defend Earth from aliens story’ but in fact is something much more interesting. In the comics the twist is that the aliens end up invading the Old West and colonising the area just as the real life settlers did to the Native Americans. It definitely sounds like an promising concept and one that’s in safe hands with Favreau on board to direct. It’s not clear what role Ringer will be playing yet but he’ll be joining a impressive cast that already includes Harrison Ford (INDIANA JONES, STAR WARS) and Daniel Craig (CASINO ROYALE, LAYER CAKE).
COWBOYS & ALIENS is set for release on the 29th of July, 2011.