A brand-new series of books from the late Gerry Anderson, creator of “Thunderbirds,” are to be completed by another author, it has been announced.
The confirmation follows a surprise announcement back in March that Anderson’s production company, Anderson Entertainment, was pursuing a number of new projects.
Anderson, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010, died in December 2012. He was 83.
The writer and producer is famous for his “Supermarionation” – a portmanteau of “super”, “marionette” and “animation” – series, including Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90.
In 2008, he began work on a new set of characters for Gemini Force One (GF1), but was unable to complete it because of his worsening health.
In a similar vein to Thunderbirds, according to Radio Times, “Gemini Force One follows a secretive team who use amazing technology to rescue people. Internationally.”
According to Anderson’s son, Jamie, GF1 will now be developed into a series of novels, to be written by the Joshua Files best-selling author, MG Harris.
To help fund the project, Anderson has launched a Kickstarter campaign, in the hope that “£24,350 [$36,525] is pledged by Saturday Oct 5, 5:00pm EDT”.
If successful, the Anderson Estate will then attempt to expand the franchise into television and film, although, at this stage, RT reports, “No word yet on whether this would be live-action or puppet based.”
First produced in the 1960s, Thunderbirds, especially, remains very popular today, with children and adults alike. Two years’ ago, in 2011, Anderson revealed that he was working on a 21st-century version of the show and, late last year, ITV Studios announced that it had commissioned a new series, now to be called Thunderbirds Are Go!, the catchphrase famous to the original.
During his prolific career, Anderson also created a number of popular live-action science-fiction series, including, UFO and Space: 1999.