Indeed, the headline says it best: a new, updated version of the Thunderbirds television series is apparently a go according to a fan website and original series creator Gerry Anderson.
Fanderson spoke with Anderson who confirmed that he finalized a deal to make a new Thunderbirds series. He also signed a non-disclosure agreement, so don’t expect many other details beyond that. The original show featured marionette puppets in a form dubbed for the show as “supermarionation.” Whether the new show will continue this or employ the use of CGI or live-action is uncertain. Also unknown is whether the upcoming series will be a remake, reimagining or even a direct continuation from the original.
Thunderbirds originally ran from 1965 to 1966 for 32 episodes. It followed the exploits of ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy and his five sons, who piloted the Thunderbird machines. The show gained a massive cult following and Star Trek: The Next Generation veteran Jonathan Frakes even directed a live-action film in 2004. However, that film was very poorly received critically and financially and even Anderson himself called it, “the biggest load of crap I have ever seen in my life.”
The movie aside, Anderson’s involvement in the new series gives fans hope for a more faithful and, hopefully, updated approach to the concept.
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