Thunderbirds Creator Gerry Anderson's Final Film Nearing Production

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Thunderbirds Creator Gerry Anderson's Final Film Nearing Production


Macnab, Geoffrey, Screen International


EXCLUSIVE: A Christmas Miracle was in the works before the British filmmaker died in 2012.

The last feature film project from the late Gerry Anderson - creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 - is in advanced development and may move into pre-production later this year.

The $46.5m (£30m) computer animated feature, titled Gerry Anderson's A Christmas Miracle, was first hatched by the British filmmaker in 2004. Anderson died in 2012.

"It was his baby," said his son Jamie Anderson, who is producing the film through family company Anderson Entertainment alongside Mark Sherwood.

The original version of the screenplay was completed around 2006. Heavyweight screenwriter Stuart Beattie (Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) is now in talks to rework the screenplay.

Executive producer is Daniel Pickering and director Mark Woollard, who worked on the 2005 CGI reboot of Captain Scarlet. Veteran producer Iain Smith has been "helping and assisting" on the project.

Some 65% of the budget is repotedly already in place.

"In February 2013, just a couple of moths after dad had died, we started mulling over what we were going to do with it," Anderson told ScreenDaily of the decision to revive the project.

The film, billed as a "sci-fi British Christmas adventure," is about a small group of aliens who land in the British countryside. The extraterrestrial visitors have only one request for the locals: "Bring us Santa Claus!"

"We've been slowly working on it, talking to various parties and gathering support and enthusiasm for it," said Anderson.

"It's reached the point where we are ready to push forward and try to get the thing into pre-production."

The producers are in talks with sales agents and are also looking to attach major voice talent to the film. …

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