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The visual effects masters at Weta, known for their work on The Hobbit, King Kong and The Adventures Of Tintin, are to help production of a brand new version of the late Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds, co-producing the new show with New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures. The series head writer is Rob Hoegee (Generator RexTeen TitansBen 10Slugterra).

The original series was effectively a Hollywood disaster movie very week; from a city in flames to chemically super-sized alligators, to a spaceship on a collision course with the sun. Each week the close-knit Tracy Family would fly to the rescue in a variety of super-powered craft. The original 1960s series ran for 32 hour-long episodes and spawned two feature films shortly afterwards.

It was followed by an unofficial Japanese anime “sequel”, Thunderbirds 2086 in 1982, which expanded the team into a global organisation, and a much-maligned movie version »

- Rob Burch

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