The British children's TV show Thunderbirds—filmed in Supermarionation (an artsy phrase for "puppets")—was HUGELY successful when it aired in 1965 and 1966. It had spaceships, explosions, intrigue—everything you WOULDN'T expect from a puppet show. And now we're about to get a remake.
Ain't It Cool News reports that the Fanderson website, "the official appreciation society for the film and television productions of Gerry Anderson," says that "a deal to make a new series of Thunderbirds" has been 'finalised' - per Gerry Anderson."
The word "remake," which is sadly one of our most overused words, next to "reboot," may actually be a good idea in this case: Thunderbirds is about "International Rescue," a team of do-gooders headed by former astronaut Jeff Tracy and staffed by his sons, their go-to scientist Brains, their London agent Lady Penelope and an assortment of allies and enemies.
Watching the original today, if you can accept that the stars are puppets, you'll become engrossed in its James Bond-style storylines and its strangely realistic gadgets and vehicles. But we're afraid that most modern viewers wouldn't give a puppet show a chance.
An updated version might give it the current special effects that this show needs to pull in a large audience. Unfortunately, there's no word on whether the show will be live action, animation ... or even more Supermarionation.
Thunderbirds was remade as a live-action movie in 2004, but the Jonathan Frakes vehicle was a financial and critical disaster. Supermarionation made a comeback in the parody movie, Team America: World Police, also in 2004.
Note: Anderson wrote a theme song, "Flying High," but it was ultimately scrapped. However, we managed to dig up the catchy British Invasion song. Check it out below!