Back in the mid 1960s a man by the name of Gerry Anderson was on the cutting edge of puppet technology, creating a whole list of marionette based TV shows for British audiences. The most well know, Thunderbirds Are Go!, looks to be set to return to the small screen using a mix of CGI and live action. Deadline is reporting that the New Zealand based Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop will develop a modern reboot of the franchise for the Uk’s ITV with out a puppet in site. The 26 episode order is set to hit both ITV and CITV as early as 2015. ITV’s Denise O’Donoghue made the announcement:
“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.”
Not to harp on the obvious, and it’s purely from my nerd nostalgia based heart, why can’t they give it a shot with puppets? Come on, just try. Fans of the Thunderbirds will recall that the last time the property was rebooted for American audiences on the big screen back in 2004, they did have one wooden performance from Bill Paxton. That was a supermarionation fan service call back, right?
Please tell me it was.