ITV Studios and New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures, in collaboration with Weta Workshop (Avatar, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings), are set to co-produce Thunderbirds are Go! (26 x 30’), a new children’s series debuting on ITV and UK’s CITV Channel in 2015.
Featuring one of the world’s most famous family of heroes, 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.
This re-invention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s iconic series will be produced using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets. Showcasing Pukeko Pictures’ and Weta Workshop’s creative and technical expertise, they hope to deliver a new level of action-adventure animation for today’s audience, while paying tribute to the legacy of model locations from the classic series. Thunderbirds are Go! will be executive produced by Estelle Hughes for ITV Studios, Giles Ridge for ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE), and Richard Taylor and Andrew Smith for Pukeko Pictures with Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, Teen Titans, Ben 10, Slugterra) as the series head writer.