A new generation will be introduced to the magic of the Thunderbirds.
New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures and Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop have been tasked with re-inventing the classic puppet children’s show Thunderbirds.
The company is teaming with the U.K.’s ITV Studios to co-produce Thunderbirds Are Go!, an update of the classic 1960s cult kids’ show.
Twenty-six half hours have been ordered for broadcast on ITV’s children’s channel CITV in the U.K. in 2015.
The original Thunderbirds was created by Gerry Anderson, who died in December last year. Anderson made two seasons of his show which aired on ITV in the 1960s, before it went on to international syndication.
The re-invention will be produced using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets.
Featuring the show’s family of heroes, International Rescue, Thunderbirds are Go! will see the five Tracy brothers back on TV screens piloting their Thunderbirds’ vehicles in rescues across the globe.