Thunderbirds coming back for a TV reboot (but without the puppets)

Thunderbirds are finally GO! as the classic 1965 children's sci-fi series is at last getting the reboot treatment we’ve been waiting for so long.

According to Deadline, the U.K.’s ITV studios will partner with New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop to bring back to life the five Tracy brothers and their awesome vehicles to lead impossible rescues around the globe.

However, instead of puppets (or supermarionation), the new series will use a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets while paying tribute to the late Gerry Anderson’s legacy of model locations.

A total of 26 half-hours have been ordered, to air on ITV and CITV in the U.K. in 2015.

ITV’s Denise O Donoghue said:

"Thunderbirds is a highly respected brand that continues to hold recognition around the world. 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 fifty years.”

Thunderbirds may have only aired for two seasons in the 1960s, but it became an international hit, spanning a 2004 feature film (which flopped big-time) and inspiring South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Team America: World Police (as well and a hilarious Stargate SG-1 parody for the show’s 200th episode).

Will you be looking forward to that particular reboot?


(via Deadline)

Related Stories

Image of the Day: Here's our 1st proper look at the Tracy Brothers in Thunderbirds Are GO! Nathalie Caron

After staring at the backs of their heads, now we’re getting our first proper look at our brand-new Thunderbirds!

Space: 1999's creators launch Kickstarter campaign for new sci-fi puppet series Jeff Spry

Here's the trailer for Gerry Anderson's latest supermarionette project, Firestorm.

Thunderbirds and Space: 1999 creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83 Trent Moore

Gerry Anderson, creator of the beloved 1960s Thunderbirds series, has died at the age of 83. Anderson pioneered the use of marionettes in film, dubbed "supermarionation," and created the cult fave Thunderbirds series in the mid-'60s with his wife Sylvia.