Anderson predicts new Thunderbirds will be a hit
Gerry Anderson has predicted the proposed new series of Thunderbirds will be a hit but ITV have yet to confirm a new series is in the works.
Gerry Anderson has predicted the proposed new series of Thunderbirds will be a hit but ITV have yet to confirm a new series is in the works. Gerry Anderson has announced that a new television series of Thunderbirds is in development and will use all the “modern cons” while keeping the familiar characters, names and settings. While talking about the proposed new series Anderson discussed the infamous Hollywood movie which was panned by fans and critics alike – he insisted the new television series would be a hit unlike the film.
“I don’t want to sound conceited but I’m going to make it, as opposed to the movie which was made by other people, and I am confident it’s going to be a smash hit,” – Gerry Anderson on BBC Radio 5 Live
Thunderbirds is perhaps the most fondly remembered of Gerry Anderson’s ‘supermarionation’ shows of the 1960s. Together with his wife (at the time) Sylvia the duo produced several such shows like Captain Scarlet and Joe 90. In the 1970s they branched out into live action shows creating UFO and Space 1999. A CGI version of Captain Scarlet was produced for ITV several years ago but ITV have yet to confirm a new version of Thunderbirds is in the works.
“Clearly it’s an important property for us and we are looking at ways of taking it forward and a series is one of the things we are looking at.” A “source” quoted in Media Guardian.
However, an ITV spokesperson did not mention a possible new television series.
“There is nothing we can discuss currently but obviously Thunderbirds is a hugely important property in our portfolio and we are delighted to be working with the Royal Mail to celebrate the phenomenal work of Gerry Anderson.” ITV spokesperson quoted in Media Guardian
A new set of stamps have been released by the Royal Mail which feature Thunderbirds. The series still remains hugely popular amongst audiences thanks to DVD releases and repeats on digital. In the 1990s the series underwent a mini-rival in popularity because of repeats on BBC Two.
So should Thunderbirds get a modern makeover for modern audiences? Or should it be left how it is; fondly remembered and part of the 1960s? Post comments below!