ITV Studios, Pukeko Pictures and the Weta Workshop have announced plans to bring the Classic Thunderbirds back to the small screen in a new series, “Thunderbirds are Go!.”
The children’s show (26 x 30) is currently in pre-production and is set to debut on ITV and the U.K.’s CITV in 2015. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will retain worldwide rights to the Thunderbirds brand and will handle global distribution and consumer products for the new series.
The re-invention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's iconic series will feature a mix of CGI-animation and live-action model sets designed to deliver a whole new level of action-adventure animation while paying tribute to the classic series.
“Thunderbirds is a highly respected brand that continues to hold recognition around the world,” says Denise O Donoghue, managing director, ITV Studios U.K. “This cult series is often credited as changing the history of animation and action-adventure, and we look forward to taking the show to another level while retaining the much-loved heritage that has endured over the past 50 years.”