The Straits Times
Published on Feb 05, 2013

New Zealand's Weta to remake Thunderbirds


WELLINGTON (AFP) - The classic British sci-fi series Thunderbirds will receive a high-tech reboot at the hands of New Zealand's Oscar-winning Weta Workshop, it was announced on Tuesday.

The special effects company, which has worked on movies such as The Lord of the Rings and Avatar, said Britain's ITV had commissioned 26 episodes of the hit 1960s show, created by the late Gerry Anderson.

The series, with the working title Thunderbirds are Go!, is scheduled to screen in Britain in 2015, 50 years after the original debuted.

Weta chief Richard Taylor said he was looking forward to introducing a new generation to the show, which depicts an international rescue organisation that thwarts evil-doers with spacecraft launched from its secret base.