Gerry Anderson's THUNDERBIRDS Return!!
The Fanderson website, "the official appreciation society for the film and television productions of Gerry Anderson", says that "a deal to to make a new series of Thunderbirds" has been "finalised"- per Gerry Anderson.
For those unfamiliar with Anderson's work, he's the creator and/or producer and/or writer and/or director of shows like STINGRAY, CAPTAIN SCARLET, SPACE: 1999 , and (of course) THUNDERBIRDS - which began life as a UK television series back in 1965. STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION's Jonathan Frakes (director of STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT) helmed a live-action film adaptation of the property back in 2004; it's not known if this newest version will also be live action, all-CGI, or an updated iteration of the Supermarionation process deployed in the original shows.
Not too long ago we learned that Anderson's U.F.O. series - about a covert war between super-high-tech human forces and aliens bent on fucking over Earth's populace - had been targeted for bigscreenification by producer Robert Evans. After an initial flurry of activity, the project went silent - we've no word on where that project stands at the moment.
It'll be interesting to see where the new THUNDERBIRDS goes, as presumably it'll be at least partially shepherded by Anderson & Co. as opposed to being merely an off-the-cuff remake. There's some great tech in the THUNDERBIRDS universe that'll make for some awesome toys. When I was a kid, I desperately wanted a diecast Thunderbird 2 but my mom could never find one - which broke the heart of a sniveling little Geek like me. Maybe I'll finally nab the equivalent this time around, although I suppose it wouldn't carry the same nostalgic resonance.
A number of Anderson projects can now be found on DVD and/or Blu-Ray HERE - one of his THUNDERBIRDS projects is now available via Netflix streaming, while discs of other installments are available to rent.
Thanks to AICN reader Mark for calling this to our attention!
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Jan. 11, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST
Jan. 11, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST
That Marina was a hottie!
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST
Love the zeriods and cubes.
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST
ditto on Marina .... but Lady Penelope has her charms too.
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST
you know it makes sense
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST
This is great, great, great and awesome news to hear. Always loved Thunderbirds. However Frakes' unbelievable live-action disaster was so blatantly kiddyfied and changed to such a degree, it was unwatchable. Frakes' mess centered on the youngest member of the Tracy family, Alan, and Tintin the girl he liked. Thunderbirds was first and foremost about rescuing people from disasters that no one else could, with their advanced equipment, all while keeping the family element intact. There was 1 rescue at the beginning of the movie, and it took all of 1 minute. The rest is best forgotten. My 9 year old son LOVES the old series. Hey, he has good taste. He doesn't care if it's puppets. The stories and the cool rescues are what he loves. He could give a shit about CGI, but if the new series is full CGI i hope it's at least better than the Captain Scarlett update of a few years back. I think a combo of puppets and CGI would be something neat to see.
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST
used to terrify me that one did.
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST
Thunderbirds rock it worldwide. To this day, when I think of that spinning ITC logo with the "Da-DAA-DAA-da-DAAA..." music, it still gives me chills of delight.
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST
One of the funniest TV series you'll ever see. Used to watch it in the 90's at 3 AM on Saturday. Very happy to have the new DVD set.
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST
What's the point of humping this corpse again. The original material sucked and the movie made 22 mill worldwide with a budget of 57 mill. What's next? Sigmund the Sea Monster in 3D?
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST
I don't see how he can be involved OR prosper financially from the project since he has publicly stated many times he sold the rights to Thunderbirds a long time back. Therefore buying the DVD's etc, probably puts no money in his pocket either.
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
make it happen!
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST
You know it.
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST
... would have been nice before hitting publish on this webpage. You have some pretty obvious typos. Aside from that, Thunderbirds for me was <b>Thunderbirds 2086</b> that I'd watch after Transformers, GI JOE, Visionaries, and Mask as Saturday afternoon cartoons. I'm somewhat curious if that cartoon will see the light of day as a DVD but I don't know if I or any others even cared that much about the series to warrant it.
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST
..because the movie sucked, simply because they DIDN'T follow the GREAT (despite what you think) source material. Which alienated any fans of the original. Sigmund in 3D actually sounds pretty funny. Couldn't be any worse than Yogi Bear in 3D.
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST
by Anna Valerious
Well, until "Sucker Punch" comes out.
Jan. 11, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST
...You are not. Remember this, and do not try to imitate him!" Ah yes, thanks to samples in old Big Audio Dynamite songs, even us Yanks can recite lines from old British TV shows.
Jan. 11, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST
I downloaded the entire series. It's better Sci-Fi than half the Trek series.
Jan. 11, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST
Where/When is the big screen adaptation of UFO?!?
Jan. 11, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST
Jan. 11, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST
Gerry Anderson led a remake of "Captain Scarlet" in CGI recently that was the best update I've ever seen. He always utilizes new ideas and technology in his shows. Great news and good luck for this project.
Jan. 11, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST
No one got any love for that series.
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST
Never noticed before: Scott (Carpenter) John (Glenn) Virgil (Grisson) Gordon (Cooper) Alan (Shepard)
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST
by Meinert Hansen
And 20-minute sequences of model spacecraft preparing for launch. Alright!
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST
Yes, he should.
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST
by jack black
ah the memories.my most favorite americanime from the 80s.that and STARCOM. the intro of TB 2086 still rulez: http://bit.ly/dLXVek
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST
I used to love this series as a kid and had high hopes that the Frakes movie would kick butt..... but alas IT SUCKED!!!!!!
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST
Thunderbirds? Meh. Space Precinct, hell yes. Although how they could find anyone better than Simone Bendix for Officer Castle beats me....
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST
UFO was, imho, by far the best of Anderson's shows. Looking back, it was really pretty damn bleak and adult. And it had that groovy opening titles music.
Jan. 11, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST
Thunderbirds! What's the jive?? Bird's alive! How's it sold?? Good and cold!! Wait I might be thinking of the wrong thing.
Jan. 11, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST
Shit, that had a great theme tune. Come to think of it, most of the Gerry Anderson series' had great theme tunes and title sequences; Stingray theme, Stingray Aqua Marina theme, XL5, captain scarlet, joe 90, Terrhahawks )robot noughts & crosses anyone?)...
Jan. 11, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST
My 7 year old son watches the dvds we have and we both love it. P.S. : I gave him my old Dinky toy Thunderbird 2 (made in England 35 years ago) and he loves it.
Jan. 11, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST
Live action! Make it so!
Jan. 11, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST
Beautiful set of Gerry Anderson stamps released in the UK today. Motion stamps so you can see the 5 Thunderbirds in action! Very Popular!
Jan. 11, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST
Was bloody awesome anyone remember the re dubbed comedy version?
Jan. 11, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST
was that it apparently cost £1m an episode. Looked incredible, mind you, and the writing was spot on. Poor choices about its timeslot scuppered its chances of building an audience. Be nice to see it back again off the back of a successful Thunderbirds revival.
Jan. 11, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST
FUCKING LOVED! Now that's saturday morning TV!
Jan. 11, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST
by Wyrdy the Gerbil
I remember that ..it seemed to run forever though and i dont think i ever did see the end
Jan. 11, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST
by Jeff Myers
The F*ckwits behind Frakes abortion of Thunderbirds.... didn't even ask Gerry Anderson to be a creative consultant, even though they shared studio space! They made a complete turkey - everything that is shit about modern movies - all factored in. It was another toy advert with no charm or soul. Anderson may be old now - but he's still 'in the loop' with modern/counter/geek culture. He even praised Team America. To make a movie with his characters and leave him out of the loop was an insult beyond imagining. Also of note: check out the incredible computer colour (color my little yank chums) HD conversions of 'Supercar'/Fireball XL5 on You Tube. Normally, I'd hate that kind of tampering - but it's breathtaking. Also: The British Post Office's commemorative stamps of Gerry's best shows - on lenticular stamps - utterly brilliant! I was leaving time to forgive Frakes.... then they did the last episode of Enterprise <--- it was all a holodeck charade - and I lost all respect. Nuff said.
Jan. 11, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST
...at least your mom was actively trying to find one. Mine wouldn't buy one...or one of the UFO interceptors...or one of the eagles from Space:1999. They were plentiful at a toy store in the local mall at the time, but she refused to pay "that much" for any of the Dinky toys. Remember the U.S.S. Enterprise one? It actually fired discs out of the front of the saucer. Neat, but not close enough to the one in the show for me which is why I never wanted one of those. The interesting thing about the UFO ones is the Dinky toys were my first experience with them. It would be 30 years before I got to watch the show once it made it's way onto DVD. I Bought the entire series without ever having seen any of them simply based on my affection for Gerry Anderson's shows in general. Space:1999 is one of my all time favorites right under the original series of Star Trek (at the time it originally aired, it was at number 1 with Trek at #2).
Jan. 11, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST
Jonathan Frakes gets no where near it, and that the director that does actually respects the source material.
Jan. 11, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST
FIRST CONTACT DEEP DOWN YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE.
Jan. 11, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST
are big-time favorites and wonderful memories for me. I just never could get into Anderson's Supermarionation stuff, though. Not a knock against it, for sure, just not my cuppa. I would love a UFO movie and a Space:1999 series. You would have to update 1999 to a more futuristic, within reach kind of date. And probably have the moon travel via some sort of lunar experiment gone wrong and the moon travel like the ships in BSG. Just sort of randomly jumping in space, attracted by a stars gravitational pull and then maybe it re-starts the effect that caused the moon to jump in the first place and the whole thing begins again.
Jan. 11, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST
terrahawks was a big of crap, thunderbirds, joe 90, stingray and Captain Scarlett are all far superior. Make a Captain Scarlett Film and ill piss my pants with exitement.
Jan. 11, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST
Growing up in Australia all the toys were in our stores. Same with Doctor Who...
Jan. 11, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST
by Mr Lucas
I actually saw one episode of Ace Of Wands recently - not bad. I may springfor the set. A shame so many are lost. I expect you're aware of the great http://www.networkdvd.net/ site, where many great shows are available. I would also recommend Sapphire & Steel and Shadows (both gave me many nightmares!) as well as Robin of Sherwood and (also by Richard Carpenter) The Ghosts of Motley Hall. Into The Labyrinth was another good kids show (starring the great Ron Moody who turned 87 the other day, I believe). Not a kids show, but a forgotten gem, is Budgie. I bought the first season and was delighted with it (I vaguely remembered the 80's Channel 4 run). Back on topic, Thunderbirds will always be my favourite Anderson show. I think the magic will be hard to recapture - that fantastic model work and Barry Gray music. It's amazing what they achieved on a UK TV budget all those years ago. High quality is what it was. True craftsmanship.
Jan. 12, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST
anyone remember that channel?
Jan. 12, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
In my mind, I'm imagining Gerry Anderson watching Team America and thinking to himself, "fuckin' amateurs. I'll show you how it's REALLY done!" Like, imagine if Gerry Anderson teamed up with the technical wizards at Henson's Creature Shop to develop the next generation of movie puppets. The potential for badassery makes me so excited, I could cut glass with my nipples. I'd rather see him attempt that sort of thing with a new property, rather than trotting out the old Thunderbirds iconography. On the other hand, tapping into the pre-build marketing imagery of the Thunderbirds is probably the only way he could possibly get a studio to pay the bills.
Jan. 12, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
...the wizards who did the miniature fx for MOON. Oh my goodness, I would have a serious geekgasm if that happened.
Dec. 27, 2012, 7:07 a.m. CST
I've read several news reports that Gerry Anderson is dead. But that can't be true, because Ain't It Cool News hasn't reported it.
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