Anderson Entertainment has turned to Tiny Giants to redevelop the British ’80s children’s sci-fi series, Terrahawks for a 21s century audience, more than 30 years after its original run ended.
The 1983 series – notorious for its nightmarish character of Zelda (with alarmingly alluring eyes, to add) – was originally co-created by Gerry Anderson, the man behind Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, and Space: 1999.
The series revolved around the adventures of a task force responsible for protecting Earth against an invasion by a group of extraterrestrial androids and aliens led by Zelda. Terrahawks was known for its tongue-in-cheek humour, and was famously less straight-laced than Anderson’s previous projects.
The new show will centre around Kate Kestrel as she rises through the ranks of the Terrahawks organisation and defends the Earth from alien invasion, all while uncovering secrets about her family’s dark past.
Jamie Anderson, managing director of Anderson Entertainment, said: “Terrahawks has always been one of my favourite Gerry Anderson series, and has an obsessive and dedicated cult following, with Zelda being one of the most regularly mentioned 80s kids TV characters online.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Tiny Giants on reimagining the series to entertain, inspire and excite a whole new generation, as the original series did over three decades ago.”
Stu Gamble, CEO and founder of Tiny Giants, added: “When I was a kid, Zelda scared the living daylights out of me. We can’t wait to work with the legacy and heritage of the world co-created by Gerry Anderson in bringing Terrahawks to a brand new audience with deep, rich characters and world building that can pull you in and not let you go.”
For the project, Anderson Entertainment has been working on early redevelopment with Star Wars artist and well-known illustrator JAKe, and is now joining forces with Tiny Giants to prepare the show for pitching to broadcasters and SVODs.
JAKe will continue in a senior creative role. The series will also see original Terrahawks designer and FX supervisor Steve Begg returning to reimagine the Terrahawks vehicles.
Kate Kestrel and the Terrahawks is being executively produced by Jamie Anderson and Stu Gamble.
Showrunner is Mark Hoffmeier (Spiderman, Nexo Knights, Marvel Super Heroes – Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat) who is producing with Mike Penketh (Bob’s Burgers, Gravity Falls, Wander Over Yonder and Tron) and Vicky Kjaer Jensen (Ninjago).
The original Terrahawks series was recently remastered in high definition by Network Distributing who manage worldwide distribution. The series licensing is managed by Larkshead Media.
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