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
, Captain Scarlet
and Joe 90
In 2008, he began work on a new set of characters for Gemini Force One
), 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