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Weta Workshop bringing Thunderbirds back

Tuesday 5 Feb 2013 6:47 a.m.

Thunderbirds are go once again - the Kiwi team behind the visual effects on The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings and Avatar have been hired to work on an update of the classic 1960s kids show.

New Zealand's Weta Workshop together with Pukeko Pictures will work on bringing the TV show back to life.

The new series, titled Thunderbirds Are Go!, will be a mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets and is set to air on the UK's ITV in 2015.

Thunderbirds was a hugely influential television series in my childhood,” says Sir Richard Taylor, co-owner of Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop.

“Having watched it originally in black and white, it was only years later that I discovered the full and rich world that Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, Derek Meddings, Mike Trimm and their team created. It is thrilling therefore to think we have the opportunity to work with ITV on this new series inspired by this most wonderful of British shows.

“I personally, together with the teams here at Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop, look forward to designing and creating an inspirational world that will engage the imagination of a whole new generation as it did for us nearly half a century ago.”

Gerry Anderson, co-creator of the original Thunderbirds show, died on Christmas Day at the age of 83.

WENN.com / 3 News

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