Mike DiMartino used Tumblr earlier this morning to release an interesting bit of news pertaining to the production of Book 3. According to his latest post, Studio Mir is currently “hard at work animating the last few episodes of Book 3.” Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino have been in South Korea over the past few days, meeting up with Studio Mir and checking in on their progress with Book 3’s animation. The fact that they’re already finishing up on the last few episodes hints that things are most likely moving along smoothly – unlike last year.
If you recall last year’s debacle involving Book 2’s animation process, you’ll be happy to know that Studio Mir is flying solo with Book 3’s animation. Studio Pierrot didn’t make the cut this time around which bodes well for the visual aspect of The Legend of Korra. Hence, the animation process is going smoothly this time around.
Since the animation process for Book 3 is nearing conclusion, it’s safe to say that a surplus of Book 3 related content is on the horizon. It’s only a matter of time before Nickelodeon releases a trailer and – perhaps – a release date, too.
Because we have confirmation that animation is almost complete, I think it’s safe to assume that we’ll get some sort of Book 3 trailer at the Nickelodeon Upfront which will be held on March 13th. By then, the animation will obviously be much further along than it currently is, so I see no reason for Nickelodeon to neglect possible advertisers the opportunity to get a look at The Legend of Korra.
It just wouldn’t be smart from a business perspective. But then again, this is Nickelodeon we’re talking about. You know – the ones who neglected mentioning that The Legend of Korra would return with a second Book for 16 months?
In terms of a release date, I think a Fall release date is completely out of the question at this point. Book 3 will most likely either premiere during the Spring or the Summer. The only way I see the release date getting pushed out to Fall is if Studio Mir decides to go on strike, forcing Studio Pierrot to fill the void.
Possible, but highly unlikely.
I personally think Book 3 will premiere sometime in April. I can definitely see the Nickelodeon Upfront revealing a trailer and release date this March. This idea seemed a bit far-fetched several days ago, but with the announcement of this news, it now seems likely.
Keep in mind that the Book does not need to be 100% complete for Nickelodeon to premiere it. Mike and Bryan finished the finale of Book 2 nearly a week before Nickelodeon aired it.
How has this news impacted your expectations for the coming months?