New Zealand’s Pukeko and Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop are teaming up with British-based ITV Studios to co-produce a modern take on Gerry Anderson’s cult 1960s puppet series.
Twenty-six half hour episodes have been ordered for broadcast on children’s channel CITV in the UK for a 2015 airing date.
The original Thunderbirds was created by Anderson, who died in December last year. The show lasted two seasons in the 1960s, before it went onto international syndication.
The re-invention will be produced using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets.
Featuring the show’s family of heroes, International Rescue, Thunderbirds are Go! will see the five Tracy brothers back on TV screens piloting their Thunderbirds’ vehicles in rescues across the globe.
ITV Studios UK managing director 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.”