Framestore CFC will be supervising the visual effects for THUNDERBIRDS, the forthcoming live-action movie based on Gerry Anderson's 1960s puppet-animated TV series. The series has enjoyed a huge resurgence of popularity recently, following its re-screenings on BBC2 in the UK and on TechTV in the U.S. The live-action version of THUNDERBIRDS will feature the Tracy brothers memorable spacecraft as well as Tracy Island, the elaborately mechanized tropical base of the International Rescue team. The project will be directed by Jonathan Frakes (STAR TREK: INSURRECTION, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT) who told www.scifi.com:
"Our version of THUNDERBIRDS will be entirely live-action, with a SPY KIDS meets James Bond kind of vibe." The project will start shooting in early 2003 and is scheduled for release in July 2004.