Thunderbirds are go on Amazon. Actually, that should be "Thunderbirds Are Go" because that's the new title of the reinvented classic series set to land at Amazon. Yes, another reboot/revival is upon us.
Amazon has ordered four 13-episode seasons of the new kids series, which is being described as a "reinvention of the 50-year-old classic 'Thunderbirds.'" The new series follows the Tracy brothers, the world's most family of heroes who enact daring rescues in their futuristic craft. Rosamund Pike of "Gone Girl" fame will voice the character of Lady Penelope.
Unlike the original series, the new Thunderbirds will be a mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets. The new series is produced by ITV Studios, Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop and is already screening in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. Amazon will be bringing the series first to the United States.
"We're thrilled to be collaborating with ITV Studios Global Entertainment on a world-renowned property that kids and families today will embrace," Tara Sorensen, head of kids programming at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. "Our customers will enjoy the same action and adventure found on the classic series infused with a contemporary aesthetic and visually stunning world."
The first season is set to premiere later this year. The Original series premiered in 1965. Films followed in the 1960s and again in 2004.
"Thunderbirds Are Go" is just the latest in TV's revival and reboot madness. "The X-Files" is currently airing on Fox, "Limitless" is on CBS with "Rush Hour" to follow and Netflix's "Full House" sequel series premieres later in February.