SVOD Amazon Prime Video has ordered four 13-episode seasons of a Thunderbirds are Go, a re-imagining of the classic 1960s kids cartoon Thunderbirds.
The new series, which will feature a mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets, features the voice work of Academy Award-nominated actor Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).
The first new season is scheduled to debut on Prime Video in the US at an unspecified date in 2016. It will later air on Prime Video in the UK, Germany and Austria following a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
After being announced in 2013, Thunderbirds are Go first debuted in Australia in April 2015 as a co-production between London’s ITV Studios and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures, in collaboration with special effects studio Weta Workshop (which created special effects for Avatar and Lord of the Rings). The series consistently averaged more than 200,000 viewers for each of its 26 episodes on Channel 9′s GO. Since then, Amazon has come on as a co-producer and acquired the series for digital distribution. ITV, Pukeko and Weta Workshop will continue their work as production partners for the series.
Thunderbirds are Go is executive produced by Estelle Hughes (Driver Dan’s Story Train), Giles Ridge (Pocoyo), Richard Taylor (Lord of the Rings) and Andrew Smith (District 9), written by Rob Hoegee (Teen Titans) and directed by David Scott (Lego Star Wars) and Theo Baynton (The Wotwots).
The series has already been at the center of a full-scale licensing program that began in 2014.