New Zealand's Weta Workshops and Pukeko Pictures are to
work with ITV Studios on a new series of Thunderbirds - 50
years on from when the iconic children's show first aired.
The series, given the working title Thunderbirds are Go!,
will be produced using a both CGI animation and live-action
It will screen on ITV and UK's CITV Channel in 2015.
"Showcasing Pukeko Pictures' and Weta Workshop's
ground-breaking creative and technical excellence, it will
deliver a whole new level of action-adventure animation for
today's audience, whilst also affectionately paying tribute
to the legacy of model locations from the classic series,"
ITV said in a statement.
"Featuring the world's most famous family of heroes,
International Rescue, Thunderbirds are Go! will blast the
five brave Tracy brothers back on to television screens
piloting their incredible vehicles into impossible rescues
across the globe."
Richard Taylor, co-owner of Pukeko Pictures and Weta
Workshop, said the original show was hugely influential on
"Having watched it originally in black and white, it was only
years later that I discovered the full and rich world that
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, Derek Meddings, Mike Trimm and
their team created," Mr Taylor said.
"It is thrilling therefore to think we have the opportunity
to work with ITV on this new series inspired by this most
wonderful of British shows. 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."
Andrew Smith, chief executive of Pukeko Pictures, said:
"Pukeko Pictures is focussed on high-quality value-based
programming, and we are thrilled to be associated with such
an iconic brand, one that brilliantly encompasses family
values, heroism and generosity. We are very proud to partner
with ITV Studios to create a new era of Thunderbirds."