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Thunderbirds Are Go Again
Weta and ITV partner up for a redo

04 February 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: BBC News

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When we mourned the death of Thunderbirds co-creator Gerry Anderson back in December, our thoughts turned to whether anyone would now try to bring his most famous series back to screen. Well, someone has decided to give it a shot, with ITV Studios and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures collaborating on Thunderbirds Are Go!

Keeping the basic concept intact – the five Tracy brothers overseen by dad Jeff pilot their various rescue vehicles around the world to sort out disasters and other problems – the new show will (naturally) blend CG and live-action model sets to create an initial 26-episode order in 2015.

No casting has been announced for the show yet, but Teen Titans veteran Rob Hoegee has been named as the head writer. Encouragingly, the co-owner of Pukeko Pictures is Richard Taylor, who will be bringing the might of Weta Workshops to bear creating the various Thunderbirds and their pilots. He’s clearly a fan of the original, so we’re hopeful he’ll do it justice.

"Thunderbirds was a hugely influential television series in my childhood,” says Taylor in a statement picked up by the Hollywood Reporter. “I personally, together with the teams here at Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop, look forward to designing and creating an inspirational world that will engage the imagination of a whole new generation as it did for us nearly half a century ago."

However it turns out, it’s got to be better than the 2004 movie.

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Machines and Music
The producers of the 2004 movie did not understand two crucial points: 1. The machines were the stars, and the long sequences showing their workings were the best bits for a ten year old boy 2. The original music, both the theme and the incidental music, were a key element of the programmes. More

Posted by Marzipan1 at 19:18 on 05 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: This could be sickeningly good!
L: Nicky C You don't need stupid puppet-style performances and there's no need for a 'big if'. All it takes it is a hearfelt update by people who care. The 2004 movie really seemed like they didn't give a shit and just wanted to cash in on the franchise name. Richard Taylor is a man who really loves his work though so hopes are high. I'd love to see some sweaty-palm tension, family-wrenching drama between the Tracy brothers and a nice long story arc. I wouldn't want it to be 'rescue of th More

Posted by jobloffski at 17:27 on 05 February 2013 | Report This Post

2nd Chance
hopefully itv will treat it better than anderson's 'new captain scarlett' and give it the same attention as they did early 'primeval' and how the beeb treats their fantasy shows. More

Posted by spark1 at 13:47 on 05 February 2013 | Report This Post

Back in the 90s I wrote a treatment for a live action Thunderbirds. I got in touch with Gerry Anderson who loved it, but advised I did not have the rights "but we will contact you when we go ahead". After waiting I realised he DIDN'T OWN the rights anymore. I ended up in touch with Stewart Till, then one of the top bods in UK film and he put me in touch with two US film companies, one of whom wanted to develop my idea. Then it all fell apart when they came up with the stupid 'kiddie' f More

Posted by andrewgc at 13:12 on 05 February 2013 | Report This Post

This could be sickeningly good!
You don't need stupid puppet-style performances and there's no need for a 'big if'. All it takes it is a hearfelt update by people who care. The 2004 movie really seemed like they didn't give a shit and just wanted to cash in on the franchise name. Richard Taylor is a man who really loves his work though so hopes are high. I'd love to see some sweaty-palm tension, family-wrenching drama between the Tracy brothers and a nice long story arc. I wouldn't want it to be 'rescue of the week' repetitive More

Posted by Nicky C at 12:56 on 05 February 2013 | Report This Post

Said it before but...for me the ideal approach to this film is to make up the actors, and have them move like, the puppets. Even add strings in Cgi to as closely as possible replicate the actual series. The hokey and cheesy look of the characters contrasted with the action is intrinsic to the charm of the show. Attempting a more normal looking film would compromise the nostalgic appeal for seeing a film of this. However a stylistic approach such as this suggestion would result in a totally uniq More

Posted by jobloffski at 08:04 on 05 February 2013 | Report This Post

I'm sure this could be awesome, if it's done well. Big if. Too often classic films or TV shows are recreated, and are unjust to the originals. But I dearly hope that a good job will be done of this. Looking forward to seeing what it'll be like! More

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