I feel like The Legend of Korra would make for a way better movie franchise adaptation than Avatar, if done right (and if Nickelodeon doesn’t meddle). For one, if they made an Avatar movie, there might be some confusion about the target audience. Everyone who originally watched Avatar are young adults and older now, but there’s the chance that whoever makes the movie wouldn’t catch on to that and would try to make it more for young children (simplifying the plot) than for the people who would appreciate it most. Also, part of the reason Avatar’s so lovable is the characters that you get to know over the course of the series, and you watch them grow and develop. There’s not much time for those things in a feature-length film, so the characters could likely become watered-down caricatures of themselves.
Over the course of at least four LoK films, a much better story could be delivered. Each movie could be its own individual but connected story (a la Harry Potter). The setting’s much cooler and more marketable. The teen characters could be played by (racially accurate) adult actors, hopefully warranting better performances than with child actors. There’s a fucking love triangle- maybe it’s a bit cliche, but again, marketable. I can totally imagine there being fangirls over live-action Mako. The show has political themes, which is a hot button for fiction, especially nowadays. And if Nickelodeon stayed the fuck out of things, the movies could be PG-13, allowing the story to be adapted as well as possible. And- my favorite part- Korrasami would get a new opportunity to be openly developed onscreen.
And after an amazing and successful Korra movie franchise hypothetically comes out, and the Avatar universe is already well-established, then they could start on the Avatar “prequels.” And for those, maybe they could age up the characters in order to better appeal to teenagers and adults, to get better performances, and to make the romances more compelling.
So, yeah! Here’s my unlikely dream. Imagine it :’) So close, yet so far…