Along with the launch of its official website, “Thunderbirds Are Go!” released its first official teaser trailer. The 20-second trailer doesn’t tell much about the upcoming series, focusing on a distress call and a look at the iconic International Rescue satellite.
“Thunderbirds” is a British science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, produced using marionette puppetry combined with scale-model special effects sequences. Set in the year 2065, “Thunderbirds” follows the exploits of the International Rescue, a life-saving organization aided in its humanitarian mission by technologically advanced land, sea, air and space rescue vehicles, led by the Thunderbird machines and launched from a secret base, the fictional Tracy Island, found in the South Pacific Ocean. Unknown to the rest of the world, the International Rescue is led by the Tracy family, headed by Jeff Tracy, an American multi-millionaire philanthropist along with his five adult sons — Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon and Alan. The International Rescue is a top-secret organization, founded and funded by Jeff, which is committed to saving human life.
In the end of its network run, the series achieved average ratings in excess of six million, with re-runs of the series featured screened repeats over the past years.
The upcoming 2015 “Thunderbirds Are Go!” series will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1966 franchise and will feature CG characters instead of marionettes the show was known for. The remake will feature a majority of the main characters from the 1960s series, including the five Tracy brothers, Brains, Lady Penelope and Parker, Grandma Tracy and The Hood. The main cast includes Rosamund Pike,Thomas Sangster, Rasmus Hardiker, David Menkin, Kayvan Novak and David Graham. Graham will reprise his role as Aloysius Parker, the chauffeur.
“Thunderbirds Are Go!” will be directed by David Scott, written by Rob Hoegee and executive produced by Estelle Hughes, Giles Ridge, Richard Taylor, and Andrew Smith. It will premiere in Spring of 2015.
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