Growing up in the early 90’s meant that watching television largely consisted of Gerry Anderson’s various classic shows. From the Sci fi alien adventures of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, to the underwater escapades in Stingray, it was the icon Thunderbirds that really captured the imagination.
One of my favorite items of clothing was a Thunderbirds knitted jumper, while hours of fun were spent playing with the Thunderbird 2 on the hand crafted (thanks Mum and Blue Peter!) Tracy Island. There was something about the adventures of the International Rescue team that kept you hooked.
Now ITV Studios have announced that they will be remaking the iconic show, due to be aired in 2015. Now called “Thunderbirds Are Go!”, the show will air 50 years after the first broadcast of the original. Executives will be hoping that it will capture the hearts and minds of many children in the same way the original did. They have some big names on board too, the world famous special effects and prop company Weta Workshop will help produce the show with a unique mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets.
Weta Workshop rose to fame through the Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and they have now worked on many high profile film titles, including, Avatar, King Kong and I, Robot. They were also responsible for the effects in Neill Blomkamp’s fantastic District 9 and even built a full size Warthog vehicle from the Microsoft Xbox video game Halo, for Blomkamp when he was working on a Halo movie. They certainly have the talent, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with, although it is doubtful that strings will be included.
The show will be aimed at younger viewers, airing on ITV’s CITV network, and Jamila Metran, Head of Programming for CITV, said: “Thunderbirds Are Go! will be a hugely exciting new show for the CITV audience. Thunderbirds is a much-loved British institution with significant global recognition, and our audience will relish this timely opportunity to discover the new series fifty years on.”
Gerry Anderson passed away in December 2012 following a battle with dementia, aged 83. His legacy, however, will undoubtedly continue.