Show, which reimagines Gerry Anderson’s iconic 1983 sci-fi series, centers on Kestrel and the organization tasked with protecting Earth from alien invasion.
The 1983 series, Terrahawks, originally co-created by Gerry Anderson, the man behind Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Space:1999, is being reimagined for a 21st century audience, more than 30 years after its original run ended. Anderson Entertainment and Tiny Giants have announced they’re in development on Kate Kestrel and the Terrahawks, based on the iconic sci-fi series.
The original series followed the adventures of a task force protecting Earth against invasion by a group of extraterrestrial androids and aliens led by Zelda. Terrahawks was less strait-laced than any of Anderson's previous series, featuring a wry, tongue-in-cheek humor, as well as dramatic jeopardy.
The new show centers around Kate Kestrel as she rises through the ranks of the Terrahawks organization and defends the Earth from alien invasion while uncovering secrets about her family’s dark past.
“Terrahawks has always been one of my favorite 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,” commented Anderson Entertainment managing director, Jamie Anderson. “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.”
Tiny Giants CEO and founder, Stu Gamble, 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.”
Anderson Entertainment has been working with Star Wars artist and well-known illustrator JAKe on early redevelopment, while also joining forces with Tiny Giants to prepare the show for pitching to broadcasters and SVODs. JAKe will continue in a senior creative role. Steve Begg, the show’s original designer and FX supervisor, will be returning to reimagine the Terrahawks’ vehicles.
Kate Kestrel and the Terrahawks is being executively produced by Jamie Anderson (Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm) and Stu Gamble (Mansour, Nexo Knights). The showrunner is Mark Hoffmeier (Spiderman, Nexo Knights, Marvel Superheroes - 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 classic Terrahawks series was recently remastered in high definition by Network Distributing, who manages worldwide distribution. Classic series licensing is managed by Larkshead Media.
Source: Tiny Giants