Amazon placed a big order for four seasons of a new series reinventing a show from 50 years ago. The streaming service announced today that it is going ahead with “Thunderbirds Are Go.”
The children’s series is a reboot of “Thunderbirds,” a sci-fi show that starred marionettes and featured an electronic puppetry system dubbed “Supermarionation.” Two seasons of the show, which originated in the U.K., were produced, airing from 1965-1966.
Amazon ordered four 13-episode seasons of “Thunderbirds Are Go,” which will run on Prime Video in the U.S.
“‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ is a reinvention of the 50-year-old classic ‘Thunderbirds,’ and features the world’s most famous family of heroes, International Rescue, and Rosamund Pike (‘The World’s End,’ ‘Gone Girl’) as Lady Penelope,” Amazon announced. “The first season is scheduled to debut on Prime Video in the U.S. later this year and will subsequently air on Prime Video in the U.K., Germany and Austria, following a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.”
Besides the original “Thunderbirds,” the Supermarionation process was featured in shows including “Supercar” (1961) and “Fireball XL5” (1962).
Here’s a look back at the original “Thunderbirds”: