Book 3 Coming “SOON!”, Book 4 Currently in Pre-Production

Yesterday afternoon, Bryan Konietzko used Tumblr to not only give Korra fans an update on Book 3, but an update on Book 4 as well.

Konietzko started his post by ensuring readers that Book 3 is coming “SOON!” He then went on to say that the crew had the final Korra animatic meeting for the Book 4 finale – which is also the series finale of The Legend of Korra.

In order to control the speculation that will surely erupt from this news, Bryan ended his post by explaining that the animatic meeting is still a part of pre-production and that there’s still a ton of work to do on Book 4.

In regards to the news of Book 3 coming soon, this should come as no surprise for Korra fans. The frequency at which Bryan has been posting Book 3 images is far greater than ever before. Add in the fact that we received a leaked clip of Book 3 several weeks ago and that should tell you that Book 3 is only months away. Last night on Twitter, I was fairly vocal about my belief that Book 3 will premiere sometime this April (next month). If for some reason I’m wrong, I fully expect it to air the following month – May.

Even though April is the closer month, I’d prefer Book 3 to premiere in May. I can’t give an exact reason for that preference, except for the fact that there’s something special about the Summer season.

The Korra Crew.

I almost don’t want to write about the Book 4 news because it’s somewhat depressing. According to Bryan, many of the crew members involved in creating The Legend of Korra have been released because their services are no longer needed. Production on the series is entering the final stretch, and after that, the future of Avatar will once again be in question.

The final animatic meeting for The Legend of Korra wrapped up yesterday, indicating that the storyboarding for Book 4 was completed some time ago. As of today, Mike and Bryan should have working animatics for most – if not all – of Book 3.

In case you are unfamiliar with what animatics are, here is preview of the Book 2 animatics shown at Comic-Con two years ago.

So close, yet so far.

  • Brendan Mancilla

    Great news! I think May is the likely choice too. Didn’t Korra originally premiere in May 2012?

    • Matt Brown

      April 14th 2012

      • Eliminator

        My birthday haha :)

        • Matt Brown

          Coolest b-day gift ever

          • Ariana Moreno

            haha for my bday the korra finale of book 2 aired XD all at once yo. :p i was happy wit dat X)

          • Matt Brown

            That’s awesome! I remeber I was happy but mad at the same time because Book 2 aired on September 13th last year and my birthday is on October 13th. I was so close to getting an Avatar bday gift. Lol. But I got lucky because Season 4 of the Walking Dead came out on my birthday last year. Lol.

          • Ariana Moreno

            haha nice X) yeah november 15th is my bday, but the day after i got all that korrra the next day XD

      • Brendan Mancilla

        Oh, perfect timing then!

        • Matt Brown

          Lol, yeah

    • Kyle Edgecomb

      April 2012 actually

  • Matt Brown

    Its very vood news to here that the production is coming along nicely.. but sad at the same time because who knows what they’ll do after Korra. They might end the franchise as a whole once Korra is over.

    • Laneskeeper

      I couldn’t agree more

  • Eliminator

    I say May. I don’t know why, but this off season was harder to survive than the book 1/2 one. Maybe it’s because I was unsatisfied with book 2, maybe I’m just too excited to see the Humans – Spirits Conflicts. Anyway, let book 3 come as soon as possible.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Even though the last offseason was longer, I enjoyed it because the anticipation – for me – was much greater. I thought Book 1 was superb, with the only flaw being the rushed finale.

      • blood red rose

        I too enjoyed it but one flaw was that they were on hiatus for quite a while no?

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

          The hiatus was ridiculously long, but there was something fun in having some sort of expectation all the time. I still remember the excitement of when the first episode leaked.

          • blood red rose

            Lol I remember I was on vacation and I was watching the trailer and I just gasped all of a sudden and everybody looked at me like I was crazy! XD

            Good times,good times

  • Melanie R.

    I’ve been thinking April or May myself! :)

  • Melanie R.

    By the way, there’s a non-profit fan-made live action movie in the works based on the Avatar: The Search graphic novel series. Everyone who donates at least US$10 will get something in return. :D

    Read more about it here:
    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-search-an-avatar-the-last-airbender-film
    The deadline is Friday the 14th at midnight (or 15th, if you will). Any funds not received by donation will be donated by the producer/director himself (and no, it’s not M. Night Shyamalan, thank goodness). :)

    • Kyle Edgecomb

      Cant they do an animation instead, we all know how live action adapation of avatar turned out last time

      • Cast Bender Podcast

        we went over this project in Cast Bender, check it out.

  • Loklover

    Maan.. I can’t believe that the Legend of Korra is so close to ending }-’: I’m excited for book 3 and I want it to come as quick as possible but at the same time I want to slow time down. I mean.. what’s going to happen after Legend of Korra? Imma be depressed for like the rest of my life )’; and I’ll probably be crying during every Book 4 episode… even MORE on like the last 2 epi. Gosh.. I’m so happy and so sad at the same time ! I love Atla and Lok so much.. it’s like my life

    • Nakaloka

      Maybe they’re going to release comics about LoK as they are doing with Atla. The Atla story didn’t end yet. The Rift part 1/3 is just released.

      • Loklover

        True. But for me, I can’t get into reading the Atla comics. I like seeing all the action in TV.. yah know?

    • Loklover

      3 more days guys!! Nick Upfront… HERE WE COME!! :D

      • Link9150

        Though it might air on the 14th from what I’ve heard. It’s better to keep both dates in mind just not to get any hopes up.

  • Sibis

    They are flooding the gas and putting their foot on the pedal. Putting everything behind it and going all in. This will be moving so fast, there won’t be any time for the critics.

    Sorry, but there is no brake on this one way runaway train. lol

  • Erin

    Do u think at the upfront on march 11 we’ll get a full blown trailer or an animatics clip?

    • Loklover

      It’s on March 13th :)

  • Kyle Edgecomb

    God Book 4 then we enter the wilderness once again, i sure do hope they find some way to continue the series, id love to see a nrw earth kingdom based avatar dealing with the complications of modern technology and how it changes everything for benders, non benders, spirits alike, i mean, imagine they created a serum which can give people bending!

    • Brendan Mancilla

      I really don’t want to go back to living in a world without Avatar. If they do come back for another series, though, I’d really appreciate one in the far past when all 4 cultures were at their height. Either that or, like you said, a super-modern Avatar set in Ba Sing Se.

  • Link9150

    Nick is just waiting for the right time to announce Book 3 as for now. So, this week during the Upfront, I’m sure we’ll get some news about it.

    • Legama

      Yeah this silence means they are preparing the fireworks, Book 3 is definitely ready, probably missing a couple of edits here and there, but it’s probably done by now. So is highly likely that Nick is just waiting for the right time to announce it. Probably sometime during this month. Upfront and KCAs will probably be the ones.

      • Link9150

        Yeah. Man… I’m getting chills over these news haha

        • Matt Brown

          I agree. I remeber last summer when Nickelodeon showed that little 2 minute cip where Mike and Bryan showed us the clip of Korra trying to calm a Spirit with her waterbending (of course we didn’t know what she was doing at the time). I remeber when they first released that clip, I really thought that the news would start pouring in. But unfortunately, the next big event in news that we got was during San Diego Comic Con. And by that point the fandom already knew that Book 2 would be airing within the next four weeks at least, so the news really blew us up with excitement. Especially when they showed Rebel Spirit at Comic Con. This was definitely an indicator that Book 2 was coming soon. I also think that we can expect a lot from the KCA’s and/or the Nickelodeon Upfront. Im really excited for the upcoming weeks/ month or so. Big news is definitely coming soon.

  • Matt Brown

    One of the recent discussions on Cast Bender was how Book 3 has the potential to do well, but it could be ruined due to the fact that it seems like Mike and Bryan are trying to fit a lot into one season (Dragons, Spirits, Lin story arc, Bolin, Earth Queen, White Lotus, and possibly Zuko). This is a really good point that I hadn’t thought of yet. But I’m still holding strong to the belief that Book 3′s villain will arc over into Book 4. Just think about it.. Book 4 is the LAST SEASON! And unless its gonna be 12-14 episodes of filler episodes, there will be a villain. And this villain has to pose more of a threat if they want the show to go out on as big of a note as Avatar did. Which is why I think the creators are going to let Book 3 introduce the villain and Book 4 will develop the villain. Because if the villain is defeated in Book 3 and a new one is introduced in and defeated in Book 4, then it wouldn’t be all that special and you want the last season of your show to shine the most. So they can either introduce a new villain in Book 4 and make it an outstanding Book, or let Book 3 arc over into Book 4 which I think would offer more time for the creators more time to raise the stakes. This way the series will go out with a big bang. What do you think Keval?

    • Korrava

      One thing that Cast Bender does not to is acknowledge the fact that all of that will tie in together with the plot of Book 3. They act as if each of those will have it’s own seperate sub plot.

      • Matt Brown

        slightlting. I think they do a pretty good job. But I will say that I have noticed that some people in the fandom dont take certain things into consideration, which ultimately leads to negative criticism before the season even starts. But this is a common problem in every fandom-based-community if you ask me. In factt Nickelodeon itself has done this. Before Korra even aired, they thought that the franchise would lose a substantial amount of it’s male viewers because the main character is a girl. However they were proven wrong when they bought in different boys of various ages to watch the first episode of Korra. None of them have a problem with the lead role being a girl. As Mike and Bryan would say, Nickelodeon is run by “knuckleheads” due to their slightly sexist way of thinking when it comes to airing their shows.

      • Sibis

        Each Book is suppose to be standalone with its own villain, calamity story, and all wraps up in a neat little bow.

        It’s not suppose to be like TLA which follows a similar setup as Star Wars 4, 5, and 6.

        Book 1 was fully made to be a mini-series, before Nick ordered more Seasons.

      • Cast Bender Podcast

        We address every possibility. Not just the fact they will have their own subplots. One thing fans fail to release is the fact speculation is speculation, thought is thought, discussion is discussion. Not everything we say is what we always believe, but you have to think of every possible avenue.

        • Matt Brown

          I couldn’t agree more!

        • Laneskeeper

          Your podcasts are great. Please keep up the good work!

          • Cast Bender Podcast

            Thank you very much!

    • Link9150

      Or they could be two different villains but strongly linked together.

      • Matt Brown

        Thats actually a really good idea!

  • Legama

    At this rate, we could see Book 3 as soon as the last week of April, although a more conservative prediction would be May. Then after Book 3, if the time pattern continues, I think Book 4 will air somewhere on December 2014 or January 2015. After that, it will be a mystery, Will Mike and Bryan continue working with the Avatar Universe or will they start a new series. Let’s hope is both.

    • Link9150

      It’s kind of controversial to me if they expand the Avatar universe even more. If they make a Korra movie it’ll sound awesome, though if they make another avatar I might get disappointed. The more avatars you present the less significant ATLA feels and ATLA is the one that started it all. It’d be a shame if the creators would ignore that just to milk this franchise even more.

      • Legama

        Yeah I agree with you, another avatar is not goign to work. Maybe a mini series about Roku, Kyoshi or Wan could be a hit, but a new one is not a good idea. Now a Korra movie would be great if done right. I would prefer an animated movie, but a well done live action Korra movie is possible, just if Nolan or a good director could put their glorious hands over Korra, it would be great. Imagine a Book 1 Korra movie with the dark touch of the Dark Knight, ohh god. The only thing to do is to keep Shaymalan on a dark locked basement and loose the key.

        • Link9150

          A live-action movie about Korra would never work under any director because it is impossible to recreate animation. No CGI can make bending as good as how StudioMIr did it, not a lot of people can look and sound like Korra, Bolin, Tenzin, Asami, etc which would kill off their magic (not that they already have some, know what I’m sayin’ hah!) but in all seriousness they couldn’t screw up an animated movie, why? because The Legend of Korra is based on fan service from the start ,unlike ATLA, which means the creators could never make it worse than it is.

          • Legama

            I think Book 1 live action can be done, if it’s going to end well, i dont really know. I’m just saying it can be done, although yes, characters would change. Now Book 2, that’s almost impossible to do on live action, the spirits would be
            impossible.
            Now an animated movie of LOK or ATLA is what Nick should really do, both need and deserve a good animated movie, if well done, they could really make an extraordinary movie.

  • Ariana Moreno

    i honesty can’t believe that korra is getting closer and closer to ending….i have mixed feelings about this all because i want to see book 3 and 4 so bad, but what will i do when it ends? what will i have to get me through the long hard week? what reward will i have to keep myself motivated during a boring stressful week? Nick is gonna be so dry and dull after this -.-

    • Loklover

      Let’s hope that they continue the cycle of the avatar and create something like “Haru; the avatar of the new age” haha. But I see where you are coming from… the Legend of Korra is going by too fast. It’s so sad to think about. But ever since the end of Book 2, my friend and I joked that if bryke doesn’t continue the show after Lok, then maybe we shud take over and continue it ourselves LOL. And honestly… I would love too!! XD I wud do anything to keep the Atla and Lok fandom together and involved in these great shows for as long as possible! (: These shows are LEGENDary!

      #ATLAandLOK4life #NeverForget

      • Eliminator

        Oh no please no Haru. that reminds me of that terrible character in book 1 “imprisoned”.

        • Matt Brown

          I liked Huru

          • Link9150

            Haru’s attittude should be Mako’s attitude in my opinion. Lady’s man but nice, loyal and respectful.

        • Loklover

          I agree with Matt Brown. I liked Haru (:

        • Ariana Moreno

          are you serious Eliminator? What was wrong with him?? If anything you should be complaining more about jet O.o

          • Eliminator

            I complain about Jet :p

          • Ariana Moreno

            hahaha XD okay then :p

      • Ariana Moreno

        to be honest though, its also like movies, a sequel or a prequel is as far as i think they should go. after a 3rd and 4th movie, all quality declines in all aspects such as the plot, script, characters and development, they lose ideas, and it just isn’t original anymore, so i really couldn’t see them doing anything more than korra. i heard bryke was gonna take a break after korra and spend more time with their families, which to me is perfectly fine, because they’ve done a lot, and family is important.

  • Laneskeeper

    Has there been any speculation as to whether or not the Avatar universe will continue after book four of Korra?

    I’m really fired up about book three coming soon. I’m still hoping Admiral Zhao will be included as a villain in book three.

    Or better yet could Zhao be brought back as a villain whom changes his ways and becomes a hero much like Zuko did? It would be interesting seeing Zhao as an integral part of Team Avatar.

  • Laneskeeper

    If the Avatar universe is continued after Korra would you guys prefer to see an Avatar set in modern times or a prequel. I know we know Kyoshi’s story but I wouldn’t mind seeing her loooong life in greater detail. I would also love to learn more about Avatar Yangchen.

    • Matt Brown

      I would love to see a modern day Avatar. It would be cool to see an origin story for one of the previous Avatars, but Beginnings easily proved that Bryke and the writers are more than capable of telly ng a single journey in a one our segment. It would be a waiste

      • Laneskeeper

        Good points!

        • Matt Brown

          Thanks

  • Wise Lion-Turtle

    I honestly find it really hurthful and sad, learning that many crew members left the team.. It already makes me feel like sht. It’s like they are leaving Korra and that’s not cool.. I think everyone deserved to be till the end and stick with the show. Instead, they are just kicking people out of the team. Really makes me sad and a bit afraid what that has to mean for LoK. I’m sure everone can see how great book 1 was in plotting, animation, fighting, story and side events.. just everything. Because much effort and work was inveted in it. Now, reading all this, seeing people who work/ed thre, losing their will for the show… meh! We all saw how book 2 was and it was realy disapointing. Even if book 3 and 4 succed and be something great, I fear they won’t look like book 1, cuz book 1 was unique and the following books should orient themself on book 1 and continue it by having a great plot, animation, side event, filler episodes and stuff. Idk.. as much as I love and freaking adore Korra and LoK, I still have a bad feeling in my stomach.. + mixed feelings all over me cuz of the near ending of LoK. I fear to only remeber LoK by it’s great book 1.. I wanna remember it by telling to myself: WOW! The whole series were so awesome and I freaking love every second of it. Not saying something like: I guess I have to stick with book 1, the others depressed me and disappointed me… What do u think

    • Amber

      I know it’s your opinion and all, but Book 1 wasn’t a masterpiece like you were making it seem. I overall really liked it, and in my opinion, the second half of Book 2 blew Book 1 out of the river.. Book 1 had, the rushed plot, the awful romance that lasted the entire season, dialogue was awkward, that cheesy Amon was a bloodbender thing. I know you really like Book 1, again so did I, but that;s your opinion. Simply stating that Book 2 was disappointing like it’s a fact isn’t cool to the people that liked/loved Book 2.

      They are not kicking them out. They are story boarders and directors, most of them don’t have anything else to do, the story boarders are done with that, and the directors ‘direct’ the episode when the animatics are done. Now next step is animation, and that’s all Studio Mir.

      • Matt Brown

        I agree. From The Sting and on, Book 2 obliterated Book 1 (in my opinion).

    • Link9150

      Wow… You really have the wrong perspective on this.You just had the completely wrong view. The people who solely work on the animatics and writing have done their job. You think they’ll be unemployed until 2015 when the show airs? When you finish your job you move on to another to stay employed. They haven’t kicked anyone…

      • Wise Lion-Turtle

        it’ not about having the ´wrong perspective, it’s about misunderstanding what has been written. If it’s like you say it, then it’s a big relief for me.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Glad to see you’re commenting again without the notion that I write for page views.

      • Wise Lion-Turtle

        Well I’ve been following posts here but didn’t really had the will to comment something.. Then again, it’s about a TV show we all like.

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

          Glad to have you aboard again :)

          We’re all fans here.

          • Wise Lion-Turtle

            Yeah sure, thanks.. If one thing is for sure, I will never stop loving Avatar!

  • Link9150

    Am I the only one who wants to see Team Avatar with a new look like in Book 3 of ATLA. New look and new character development will just give this series so much more life. Those gray and black clothes that Asami, Bolin and Mako wear just adds to their blandness. Also, who else wants to see Korra in emerald-green clothes this season since it’s happening in the Earth Kingdom.

    • Aang

      i agree we need new clothing styles!!!

    • Sibis

      I’ve always been for characters changing their looks every season, especially in a series based in modern day.

      I always liked Asami’s clothes, but she’s just so terrible right now that she drags it down. That’s a badass look but she’s so “doormat” right now.

      • Link9150

        It’s the same feeling I have for Mako and Bolin. These gray clothes are just not helping, it adds to their blandness. Maybe something more “flamboyant” could help.

    • Ariana Moreno

      i agree!! Even seeing them with a new wardrobe would make things a lot more interesting and it would add more to everyone’s character!! XD

    • Legama

      What about Korra and the Team with skimpy Fire Nation clothes for Book 4, you know how good the First Team Avatar looked on them ¬¬

      • Link9150

        Couldn’t agree more.

  • Sicftermo

    Alright i still have time to watch the whole series before book 3.
    the boy in the iceberg here we go.

  • daniel yefru

    its asham that book 4 is the final final season it just feels like there arent enough episode in one book

  • daniel yefru

    we never know i think we all learned from last season nick doesnt know the meaning of ‘soon” :(

  • Sibis

    Once LOK is over, Nick will be down one action comedy drama romance cartoon.

    Mike and Bryan might be done, but it doesn’t fully mean the franchise is over. Nick or some other writer(s) might decide to continue to produce or pick up a new series without Mike and Bryan.

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