Amazon has ordered four 13-episode seasons of Thunderbirds Are Go, a reinvention of the 50-year-old classic Thunderbirds, with Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) starring as the voice of Lady Penelope. The series is set to debut on Prime Video in the UK later this year following its launch in the U.S.
The new series, using a mix of CGI and live-action model sets, will catapult the five valiant Tracy brothers back onto the screen as the beloved characters Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon and Alan, where they’ll pilot their vehicles from Tracy Island to complete rescue missions across the globe.
“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with ITV Studios Global Entertainment on a world-renowned property that kids and families today will embrace,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Our customers will enjoy the same action and adventure found on the classic series infused with a contemporary aesthetic and visually stunning world.”
“We are delighted to be working with Amazon to launch Thunderbirds Are Go in the US; their position as an innovative content provider and their passion for the show makes them the perfect partner,” added Dan Gopal, EVP EMEA Distribution and Global Digital Partners for ITV Studios Global Entertainment. “Our strategy is to give audiences the flexibility to watch our content any time, any place, and the launch of Thunderbirds Are Go on Amazon Prime Video means children and families across the US, as well as in the UK, Germany and Austria, will be able to watch the entire series whenever and wherever they want.”
Thunderbirds Are Go is executive produced by Estelle Hughes (Driver Dan’s Story Train), Giles Ridge (Pocoyo), Richard Taylor (The Lord of the Rings), and Andrew Smith (District 9), written by Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, Teen Titans), and directed by David Scott (LEGO Star Wars) and Theo Baynton (The Wotwots).The series is produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in collaboration with Weta Workshop.