The web was a buzz this week when Gerry Anderson announced there will be a new Thunderbirds television show. Now, in an article written exclusively for the Sun newspaper, he’s telling more.
First up, here’s the big bit he reveals:
The new version will be made with CGI, on computer.
Small weep. We were hoping for puppets.
So will this be a reboot or a continuation? Anderson answers that as well:
[T]here is a lot of spade work to do because the original programme is very old.
It was made nearly 50 years ago and the world has changed.
It won’t look like the old Thunderbirds. Not at all.
Take something like Thunderbird 2, which seemed to be the favourite with the fans – that would have to be updated.
But we would be careful that there would be something about the design that they felt they know.
So a reboot. Clearly.
What does Anderson think is the key to a successful Thunderbirds series?
Thunderbirds remains popular because the scripts were written on the basis that the audience would get to know the characters in the first part of the show.
Then we would put them in an impossible situation, so the audience would follow every word because they felt the character was a friend who needed assistance.
We created characters who would please pretty much everybody. My favourite was probably Parker, because he was a bit of a boy and working for a titled woman and was very experienced at cracking safes.
Nice. Love the fact that Anderson’s a Parker fan.
Finally, who will the show be aimed at? Will it exclusively be for kids or will it have more of a family appeal?
I have never believed in children’s programming, and the show is watched by people of all ages.
I’m a child at heart, so I wrote things that appealed to me and it followed that it would appeal to children as well.
That’s a great approach. We’re kids at heart too. And we don’t wanna feel left out of a new Thunderbirds show.
So although we’re not that crazy about the CGI approach everything else he says has us quite excited. How about you? Offer your thoughts in the comments section!