Status Is Red For Thunderbirds Remake

July 13, 2009 by  
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The creator of 1960s puppet sci-fi show Thunderbirds, Gerry Anderson, has claimed that ITV are blocking his plans to resurrect the show.

The 80-year-old TV producer is believed to have been in negotiations with the broadcaster, which owns the rights to the programme, for more than three years although none of his plans for a contemporary rendering of the show have come to fruition.

Anderson told the Daily Mail: “It’s beyond my understanding. Is it ageism? I even said I’d raise the money myself, for God’s sake. I don’t want you to think I’m over-emotional, but being able to remake Thunderbirds is the most important thing in my life.”

He continued: “I’d keep the same characters, the same principles – good overcoming evil – but new machines, new places of concealment, new ways of rescuing people and it’d all be computer-generated.

“Just imagine. It’d be so nice if the team could actually walk and pick things up and open and close their mouths properly.”

Would it, though?

As much as we loved the programme the first time around, a computer-generated Thunderbirds just won’t – fundamentally – be Thunderbirds. The visible strings, artificial beads of marionette sweat and odd shot of a human hand were part of its charm. We have to side with ITV on this one.