5 Feb 2013

Thunderbirds remake all go

12:38 pm on 5 February 2013

The classic Thunderbirds puppetry television series is to be remade in New Zealand.

The show was first broadcast in 1965 and revolved around International Rescue, a futuristic emergency service manned by the Tracey family.

The remake will be called Thunderbirds Are Go and will be produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in collaboration with Weta Workshop in Wellington.

The co-owner of Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop, Sir Richard Taylor, says Thunderbirds was a hugely influential TV series in his childhood, having watched it originally in black and white.

Sir Richard says he is looking forward to designing and creating an inspirational world that will engage the imagination of a whole new generation.

The original creator of Thunderbirds, Gerry Anderson, died in Britain in December last year, aged 83.

Thunderbirds Are Go will debut on British screens in 2015.