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LATEST UPDATES August 12, 2006:  Larger artworks for New Captain Scarlet Series 2 and New Captain Scarlet Series 1 and 2 DVD boxsets ///  July 30, 2006:  Artwork revealed for Series 2 DVD boxset  /// JULY 22, 2006:  New Captain Scarlet, Series 2 DVD set - available for pre-order ///  JULY 2, 2006:  New Captain Scarlet Series 2, DVD announced for release in September /// APRIL 22, 2006:  Bandai launches new sets of toys for New Captain Scarlet

 

 

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CAUTIONARY  NOTE:  In view of all the  contradictory information circulating presently on the net  -  readers must be advised that although this site makes all in its powers to verify every bits of news and its veracity, some details over information may be revealed as FALSE over time.  This site will provide with updates and detailed info as it will become available, and will make amendments when necessary.

 

News to upcoming events  regarding the world of Captain Scarlet - and sometimes other Gerry Anderson's related shows - will be posted here for your information! 

 

If you ever learn of interesting news, you're invited to contact me, and we'll let people know about it.  And if you have any comments to offer, regarding a subject offered on this page, you can also write and tell me about it. 

 

CAUTIONARY  NOTE:  In view of all the  contradictory information circulating presently on the net - especially in regard of the upcoming CGI series -  readers must be advised that although this site makes all in its powers to verify every bits of news and its veracity, some details over information may be revealed as FALSE over time.  This site will provide with updates and detailed info as it will become available, and will make amendments when necessary.

 

 

UPDATES, AUGUST 12, 2006:

 

NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET, DVDS:  BIG ARTWORK FOR 'SERIES 2' AND 'COMPLETE SERIES 1 & 2' DVD SETS

 

 

The deadline is coming close now for the release, in September 18,  of the Captain Scarlet series 2 DVD set, individual discs for series 2 AND a complete set of both Series 1 & 2.

 

Although we STILL don't have any details of what Series 2 will contain as extras, larger pics of artwork for both the Series 2 set and the Complete Series 1 & 2 set have been discovered online, at Amazon.co.uk that we are now sharing here with you.

 

No sign so far of what the individual discs artwork will look like.

 

From Amazon's description of their Complete Series 1 & 2 boxset (Captain Scarlet Series 1 & 2 Slip Case)  it might be that it  will indeed include the same boxes as for each of the two series, collected in one large slipcase.  Although nothing is still sure at this point, we will try our best to confirm this information to you as it becomes available.

 

NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET SERIES 2

 

NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET SERIES 1 & 2 BOXSET

 

 

 

UPDATES, JULY 30, 2006:

 

NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET, SERIES 2 DVDs - ARTWORK

 

Following hot on the news of the September release for the Series 2 release on DVD, here's the artwork for the complete Series 2 boxset:

 

Granted, for now, the pic is small, but as soon as this site is able to find a much better one, we'll make sure to post it in this space.  

 

Cover art for the Complete Series 1 and 2 boxset, as well as cover art for each individual disc will  be revealed as they become available.  

 

The same goes for the information on the DVDs extras

 

 

 

 

UPDATES, JULY 22, 2006:

 

GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET, SERIES 2 DVDs RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 - PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY ONLINE AT AMAZON.CO.UK

 

As announced earlier this month, the long awaited series 2 of  New Captain Scarlet will be available in DVD on September 18, 2006.    The  second series will be offered as a complete box set, and as four individual discs, just like Series 1 last year.    

 

A complete series boxset, containing ALL of the 26 episodes of the series will also be available, as a very affordable price, so fans who didn't buy the first series as yet, might be waiting for this boxset instead.

 

No image of the covers are available at the moment, and there is no details concerning the discs, or what the extras would be, for any of the sets.  This website will keep you informed on new developments as they become available.

 

For now, you can always pre-order your copy of New Captain Scarlet Series 2, at Amazon.co.uk, by clicking the following banner, or the complete set or any of the individual discs, by clicking any of the links below.

 

 

 

 

New Captain Scarlet - Series 2

 

13 episodes (286 min.), 4 discs

Boxset (Region 2, PAL format)

 

ITV DVD/Granada Ventures Ltd

DVD Features:

To be announced.

 

Release date:  September 18, 2006

 

 

New Captain Scarlet - Series 1 & 2, Slipcase

 

26  episodes (572 min.), 8 discs

Boxset (Region 2, PAL format)

 

ITV DVD/Granada Ventures Ltd

DVD Features:

To be announced.

 

Release date:  September 18, 2006

 

 

New Captain Scarlet - Series 2, Volume 1

 

4 episodes(?), 1 disc

Region 2, PAL format

 

ITV DVD/Granada Ventures Ltd

DVD Features:

To be announced.

 

Release date:  September 18, 2006

 

 

 

New Captain Scarlet - Series 2, Volume 2

 

3 episodes(?), 1 disc

Region 2, PAL format

 

ITV DVD/Granada Ventures Ltd

DVD Features:

To be announced.

 

Release date:  September 18, 2006

 

 

 

New Captain Scarlet - Series 2, Volume 3

 

3 episodes(?), 1 disc

Region 2, PAL format

 

ITV DVD/Granada Ventures Ltd

DVD Features:

To be announced.

 

Release date:  September 18, 2006

 

 

 

New Captain Scarlet - Series 2, Volume 4

 

3 episodes(?), 1 disc

Region 2, PAL format

 

ITV DVD/Granada Ventures Ltd

DVD Features:

To be announced.

 

Release date:  September 18, 2006

 

 

 

UPDATES, JULY 2, 2006:

 

EXCLUSIVE NEWSFLASH!  GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET, SERIES 2 DVD BOXSET GETS A  2006 SEPTEMBER RELEASE

 

Since Thursday, June 29, 2006, the Play.com website has announced, for pre-order, the long awaited New Captain Scarlet Series 2 on DVD.  Marked with a release date of September 18, 2006, the second series will be offered as a complete box set or as four individual discs, just like Series 1 last year.   Play.com also announces  a Complete Series 1 & 2 Boxset at a competitive price.  

 

No image of the covers are available at the moment, and there is no details concerning the discs, or what the extras would be.

 

No other online merchant has made the same announcement as yet.

 

This website will keep you informed on new developments as they become available!

 

 

UPDATES, APRIL 22, 2006:

 

BANDAI  LAUNCHES NEW SERIES OF NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET TOYS

In the last weeks, Bandai launched its new series of New Captain Scarlet toys.   As announced in a previous article, Colonel White and Destiny Angel joined the line of action figures - bringing the set to five figures now, with Captain Scarlet, Captain Blue and Captain Black.   In addition to these, two new sets of mini vehicles have also been added to the two previous releases:  Set C comprises the Rhino and its Albatross transporter, along with a mini figure of Captain Blue, while set D features the Stallion Raid Bike, the Cheetah and the Druzniuk Tank, along with a figure of Captain Black.  Both the Rhino and the Tank come with sounds effects, provided by LR44 batteries.  

The toys are presently sold directly on the Bandai UK site, along with all the previously released New Captain Scarlet toys.  For more details, and to order these items, you can check the  CGI Merchandises page.

 

NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET AIRED  IN JAPAN

Japan joined the U.K., South Africa and Australia in the airing of the New Captain Scarlet series.  Since March 12, the series can be viewed on Animax, at midnight on Sunday.  No news yet concerning viewing in France or the United States, although nothing came to deny reports that the series has be bought by TF1 (France) and Voom Animania (U.S.).   There is no information so far on yet other Network around the world that might have bought the viewing rights of the series.

 More news to come as it becomes available.

 

 

UPDATES, MARCH 11, 2006:

 

NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET PRESENTLY AIRING  IN U.K., SOUTH AFRICA AND AUTRALIA - OTHER COUNTRIES TO FOLLOW

As these lines are written, the Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet series is presently viewed in different parts around the world.  In UK, CITV 4 started airing an entire new run of the high-quality series on March 11.  All 26 episodes are expected to be aired in the following weeks, in a 5.30PM, a much better time slot than in the middle of the Saturday morning MOM programming, last year, which should also appeal to a older and different range of audience.

New Captain Scarlet had been showed since January in South Africa,  on M-NET in an 8.30am slot on Saturday mornings.

 and had recently started running in Australia, on Monday 6, 6.00PM, on ABC2, a free-to-air digital channel, as part of their ABCKids Rollercoaster strand for older children.

New Captain Scarlet has also been sold to France (TF1), Japan (Animax) and the USA where it will be broadcast in High Definition for the first time on Voom HD Networks' Animania HD channel.

More to come.

 

 

UPDATES FEBRUARY 6, 2006:

 

 

SITE NEWS:  SKYBASE CENTRAL IS LAUNCHED!

 

Members and visitors of the Spectrum Headquarters Forum already know this.  And maybe some of you have taken note of the 'odd' address under which the CGI merchandises page was listed.   The administration of the Spectrum Headquarters site had announced its desire of creating a sub-domain (section) within its space totally dedicated to the Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet series.  Since the untimely 'death' of the Official site, a few weeks ago, following the end of the second season's airing on television,  it seemed that the web community (read:  fans of the new series) was now in dire need of a new place where information about the show will be gathered.  

 

This new site now exists.  Its name is SKYBASE CENTRAL.

 

SKYBASE CENTRAL  was mainly created using a similar presentation as SPECTRUM HEADQUARTERS - on which space it's now reside.   It will contain the same kind of information and subject as Spectrum Headquarters, but specific to the New Captain Scarlet series.  Characters, crafts, vehicles, episode guide, technical information, merchandises, everything you want to know about the show will be listed there.  And more.   

 

At the moment, the information you can find on Skybase Central is as follow:

  • The CGI Merchandises page - with a list of all which is presently available from the New Captain Scarlet series.

  • Cast of Characters page - with profiles on Captain Scarlet, Captain Blue, Colonel White, Lieutenant Green, Destiny Angel and Captain Black.  Other characters' profiles will be added soon.

  • List of Episodes on  the Episode Guide page. Details on each episodes will be added eventually.

  • Fan Fiction page:  list of presently available New Captain Scarlet fan fiction on this site.  There isn't many of them right now on the list, but other stories have been promised, and should be added soon.  Hopefully, this will generate interest in other writers, who will also send in their submissions for this brand new section!

  • The answers from Gerry Anderson to Forum Members' questions  have been moved to  Skybase Central Miscellaneous page.  The CGI page on the Spectrum Headquarters space will eventually be moved on Skybase Central too, as soon as the information it contains is thoroughly checked and compiled appropriately. 

Others pages are in preparations, as you will notice when you'll visit Skybase Central.   Since there already isn't much information about the show, the administration of Spectrum Headquarters (and Skybase Central) will rely heavily on the series' fans to provide most of them - in order to create the most complete database of information possible.  

Don't hesitate to contact the webmaster at the following address for any comments, suggestions and material you think might be of use for this new site.

spectrum_hq@hotmail.com

Spectrum Headquarters and Skybase Central will continue with its mandate to keep you inform on every news that might interest you on your favourite shows.  Stay tuned!

 

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NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET ON BRITISH TELEVISION AGAIN - AND OTHER NEWS ABOUT MERCHANDISING

 

Fanderson beat everyone to the news (Well done!) and members on the Spectrum HQ forum already started discussing this!   New Captain Scarlet series will soon be aired again on British television.  Digital Channel ITV4, which is already airing other Gerry Andersons's shows, such as UFO, Space: 199 and The Protectors, will soon be airing the entire run of 26 episodes of New Captain Scarlet as well.  A date has yet to be determined.

 

As stated on the Fanderson page:  

 

[...] The ITV4 run of New Captain Scarlet will help to boost sales of a second wave of merchandising which got underway last week with the publication of Puffin Books' Instrument of Destruction junior novelisation and Spectrum Agent's Handbook (both written by Richard Dungworth) and Funfax's New Captain Scarlet Funfile. Ladybird Books are about the publish a pair of storybooks based on the episodes Swarm and The Achilles Messenger as well as a pair of activity books: a Scratch and Reveal Activity Book and a Vehicle Sticker Book. [...]

Due to this new airing, the second DVD set, featuring the last 13 episodes of the series (dubbed 'series 2') will not be released as yet.

 

New Captain Scarlet is presently airing in South Africa - the first country outside the UK to broadcast the series.   The series is aired on M-NET, at  8.30am on Saturday mornings.  TF1, a major broadcaster  in France, also bought the airing rights for the series, which also been sold to a broadcast company in the U.S. and to one in Japan (both to be determined).  

 

Corgi will soon release their new die-cast Rhino model - as well as a SPV model,  which will also be available together as a gift pack.  These are already announced on the Skybase Central Merchandising page.  Other Captain Scarlet related merchandises, announced within the Corgi catalogue are, from New Captain Scarlet:  the Cheetah and the White Falcon, and from the original series:  the SSC and the Angel Fighter.  These models will also come in gift set, for collectors to buy.  

 

In addition to these wonderful news from Corgi, Bandai will be adding to their range of New Captain Scarlet vehicles and action figures by adding  new action figures.  Colonel White and Destiny Angel should be joining the three already available figures of Captain Scarlet, Captain Blue and Captain Black in a near future.

Stay tuned for more details about this.

 

However good these news, the New Captain Scarlet magazine has sadly folded.  Number six has been the last issue produced, and works on next issues have been cancelled.   This last issue is still available at the moment, and can still be found online at Star Trader.   Details of each issue can be found on the CGI Merchandises page.

 

 

UPDATES NOVEMBER 30, 2005:

 

NEW INDIVIDUAL DVD DISCS AND CORGI MODELS AVAILABLE ON JANUARY 2006

 

The three remaining individual DVD discs containing the rest of the episodes from Series 1 of New Captain Scarlet will become available to public on January 30, 2006.  Each disc will contain three episodes of the series.  The extras are unknown, although it is highly possible that those discs have the exact same content as those from the 4-discs set that was released.  No cover art is available at this point.

 

If you want you can pre-order either of the discs at Amazon.co.uk, by following the links below.  The first individual disc, and the entire DVD set are, of course, still available, and you can visit  New Captain Scarlet Merchandises page to find the links that will bring you right to them, on Amazon.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January also seems to be the month chosen by Corgi for the much-awaited release of their model for the Rhino, from the New Captain Scarlet series.  The Rhino will be sold separately, or as half of a special set which will also comprise the now classic and famous SPV, from the original Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons series.   The SPV will also be sold separately - and will also be available in January.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET MAGAZINE ISSUE 3 AND OTHER ITEMS.

 

Issue 3 of the New Captain Scarlet Magazine is now available, and this time is offered with a pair of Spectrum binocular.  The photo-novel strips continues, with the adaptation of the second half of Part 2 of "Instrument of Destruction.  Character data now focuses on Destiny Angel, and you will also find information about the Falcon fighter.   Issues 1 and 2 are  still available, and can be bought online at Star Trader.

 

 

An update of the New Captain Scarlet Merchandises page had been made to now include washing and bathing accessories that seem to be exclusively available at Boots.com.  So far, only a Captain Scarlet washing mitt and a Cheetah bubble bath bottle are available.  But other items might eventually come to complete the list.

 

Links to buy DVD, toys, magazines and bathing accessories can all be found on the New Captain Scarlet Merchandises page.

 

 

UPDATES NOVEMBER 3 AND 5, 2005:

 

NEW PAGE SET UP FOR NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET MERCHANDISING

 

As promised in an earlier announcement, a new page has been created on this website, listing available and upcoming merchandises from the New Captain Scarlet CGI series - with links to where to buy them online.   All you have to do is follow this link to find this new page.   Many of those items are available in time for Christmas - so give yourself a gift - or your children a gift, and check out this list.  As it the list is probably not complete, you are invited to contact the webmaster with whatever information you may provide on other merchandises.  Web links to articles, pictures and/or merchants will be appreciated.

 

The New Captain Scarlet Annual that was supposed to hit the stores this Summer as been postponed.  The news has been confirmed by Egmont Books Ltd.  This site doesn't have news of when the Annual will be released - even if it'll be released - but as soon as we have further information on this subject, we'll make sure to let you know.

 

 

QUESTIONS TO DAVID LANE AND WAYNE FORRESTER

 

You probably remember that, some months ago, this website forum offered visitors a possibility to ask questions to Gerry Anderson concerning the new CGI series.  And as you probably also know, Mr. Anderson was kind enough to accept answering those questions - that you may find, listed on this page, along with their respective answers.  

 

Now forum member Aegis, our contact within the technical team of New Captain Scarlet, is offering us a new opportunity, this time to ask another batch of questions to David Lane, supervising director of the new CGI series, and Wayne Forrester, the voice of the new Captain Scarlet.  

 

As for the previous batch, questions will be examined by the forum administrators, and a selection will be made so to keep the most relevant amongst them.  The selected questions - when we'll have a reasonable number of them - will be listed on this site.  They will then be forwarded to David Lane and Wayne Forrester, through our ever helpful contact - Thank you for this new opportunity, Aegis!

 

So if you have questions you want to ask to both David Lane and Wayne Forrester, now is your chance.  If you're a member of the forum, just click to the CGI board, and check under the Questions to David Lane and Wayne Forrester topic.  If you are not a member, never fear:   you can always leave your questions on the Guests and Visitors board.  We'll make sure your question(s) will be added to the list.

 

 

 

 

NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET MAGAZINE:  ISSUE 2 NOW AVAILABLE

 

Issue 2 of the New Captain Scarlet Magazine hit the stands on November 2, 2005, with, as a special gift, a Spectrum Searchlight.  Issue 2 includes the second part of the photo-novel adaptation of "Instrument of Destruction", Captain Blue's character data, a poster and many other features.  Issue 1 is still available, and can now be found online at Star Trader, as is Issue 2.  Updated November 5, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATES OCTOBER 15, 2005:

 

VARIOUS NEWS CONCERNING NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET

 

You might have noticed the ad above since last week. As a reminder:  the DVD release for Season 1 of the New Captain Scarlet series in CGI is due to hit the stands next Monday, October 17.  Check your local video and DVD stores, or order it online, but if you are a fan, don't miss the opportunity to own this set. 

 

Fans reviews of 'Second Season' of the new series have been raving, and everyone agrees that it is so far much better than the first season.  There's much comments about this on the CGI section of the Spectrum Headquarters forum, as well as other interesting comments about different aspects of the show.  and we invite you to drop by to check it out.  You don't have to be a member to read the comments.

 

Issue 1 of the New Captain Scarlet Magazine has hit the stores as well, and is presently available. I'd like to thank Mr. William Potter, from John Brown Jr. to provide me with a copy of the mag (impossible to get from me here in Canada!), and I wish the project all the success it deserves.  The mag is of good quality, with strikingly beautiful artwork, and well-done. Aimed at young readers, the mag comes with a Spectrum shooter toy.

 

Unfortunately for now, the mag is not available online.  This website suggests that you try to online magazine, or collectors stores that you know about and see if they won't be providing the mag at some point.

 

In the upcoming weeks, this website will provide information and pictures on the New Captain Scarlet toys.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

UPDATES AUGUST 31, 2005:

 

SECOND SEASON OF NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET STARTS ON SEPTEMBER 3

 

The second batch of New Captain Scarlet episodes (dubbed 'season 2), containing episodes 14 to 26, starts airing on UK Television on September 3.   Still a part of MOM (I'm hearing groaning from my many of my English friends and contacts), on CiTV, the show will be shown on Saturday mornings.  No news concerning a possible rerun of what was left of the first 13 episodes that had started being aired during the Summer.  

 

The promotional campaign for the new batch, an various merchandises for the new series (including the DVD set for the first 13 episodes) is presently in full gear, and details of the many interviews and events are presently listed on the Fanderson site.  An interview given to Simon Mayo on BBC Radio Five on Friday, August 26, can still be listened to on their webpage.   Click on the 'Gerry Anderson' link you will find on the right of the page.  

 

 

UPDATES AUGUST 18, 2005:

 

ANOTHER COMPETITION TO WIN CGI CAPTAIN SCARLET TOYS

 

This one presented by CiTV, the competition offers the chance for the grand winner to win a full assortment of New Captain Scarlet toys.  Comprising action figures of Captain Scarlet, Captain Blue and Captain Black, a Deluxe Skybase set, the Deluxe Rhino, the Hummingbird, the Stallion Raid Bike, a Deluxe Cheetah and a Spectrum communicator - all signed by Gerry Anderson.  To win this full set, you have to answer one question and tell in 50 words or less who is a real-life superhero - and why.

 

The competition is open to residents of UK only.  There is no age restrictions, but people under 16 must obtain permission from their parents or guardian before entering the competition.  One entry per person.  Be sure to read the other rules.

 

To enter the competition, click here.  Good luck - and if you win, be sure to tell us!

 

 

GERRY ANDERSON'S SIGNING AT FORBIDDEN PLANET ON 10 SEPTEMBER, 2005

 

The following press release has been received from Forbidden Planet Press Office this week: 

 

GERRY ANDERSON LAUNCHES NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET TOY RANGE AT FORBIDDEN PLANET

 

Forbidden Planet is delighted to announce a signing by Gerry Anderson to celebrate the launch of the new range of Captain Scarlet toys from Bandai, at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2 H 8JR, on Saturday 10th September 3-4 pm

 

Gerry Anderson’s illustrious career has spanned over 50 years and has created many iconic series including, the world famous Thunderbirds, Stingray, UFO, Space 1999 and Captain Scarlet which has recently returned to television screens in the all new CGI series.
 
The new range of Captain Scarlet toys from Bandai, are described by Anderson as “the best he’s ever seen” includes highly detailed and movable action figures from £4.99 as well as vehicles from the ground breaking new series starting at only £14.99

 

Anderson will be signing at the Forbidden Planet Shaftesbury Avenue Megastore. Offering a 10,000 square foot of floorspace and over a mile of shelving holding 25,000 products, this store will continue the Forbidden Planet tradition of hosting appearances by the greatest names in science fiction and fantasy. Previous appearances have included Arthur C Clarke, Frank Herbert, Douglas Adams, Anne McCaffrey, J. G. Ballard, Iain Banks, Larry Niven, Clive Barker, Frank Herbert, Stephen King, William Gibson, H. R. Giger and Terry Pratchett.

 

 

UPDATES AUGUST 15, 2005:

 

NEW UPCOMING CAPTAIN SCARLET (CGI)  MAGAZINE

 

A new CGI Captain Scarlet Magazine is coming this way.

 

From an e-mail from the editor:

 

"The mag, aimed at young fans of the new CGI series, will feature comic strip, puzzles, Spectrum missions, personnel and vehicle data, competitions and science fact files. Every issue includes a free Spectrum gift. Issue One is launched on Wednesday 12th October.

As it's too soon [...] to have any readers, I'm writing to ask if you can contact any fans of the new series  who are in our target readership of 5-10 year-olds. I am looking for letters and drawings about the series to publish in the first few of issues. EVERY LETTER OR DRAWING PRINTED WINS A CAPT SCARLET PRIZE!


The deadline for Issue 1 is crazy. I need artwork and letters by next Monday, 15th.  Any later and they can be considered for Issues 2 and 3.

Please note, the pictures and letters need to be about the New CGI series, not 'Classic Scarlet'. [...]"

 

The address to send drawings and letters is:

 

William Potter,
New Captain Scarlet
John Brown Junior
The New Boathouse
136-142 Bramley Rd,
London
W10 6SR.

Contributions can also be emailed to:  Captainscarlet@jbjunior.com

 

GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET - SERIES ONE DVD BOXSET - COVER ART

 

As promised on a previous post, here's now your first view of cover art for the Captain Scarlet - Series One DVD Boxset, which will include the 13 first episodes of the series.

 

The set will contain four discs, with the complete episodes.    Granada is also offering, somce October 17 (same date the boxset  release)  an individual disc of the first volume of the series, containing episodes 1 to 4 of the 13 episodes first series.  No further date release(s) has (have) been given for the other volume(s) - but they will probably become available somewhere during the Fall or early Winter.  More info on that as it becomes available.  

 

If you want you can pre-order either the New Captain Scarlet - Episodes 1 to 4 - at Amazon.co.uk.   However, the New Captain Scarlet - Series One DVD boxset comes complete - You might prefer to order this one instead and not wait (see below for details).

 

 

New Captain Scarlet - Episodes 1 to 4

 

4 episodes (Instrument of Destruction, Part 1 & Part 2, Swarm and Rat Trap)

 

Single disc (Region 2, PAL format)

(unknown extras)

 

Granada Ventures Ltd

Release date: October 17, 2005

 

 

 

UPDATES AUGUST 3, 2005:

 

NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET DVD REGION 2, PAL FORMAT,  RELEASE DATE!

The first 13 episodes of 'New Captain Scarlet' are confirmed for a DVD release in the Fall.  The date is set to October 17, 2005.   All the episodes will be complete, uncut, without interruption, in widescreen format and with a 5.1 Dolby Surround sound.   Details on the cover art, price and extras are yet to be announced, but the extras should at least include commentaries by Gerry Anderson, David Lane and Wayne Forrester (the voice of Captain Scarlet).  Stay tuned for more news on that subject.

In the meantime, you can pre- order your copy of  'New Captain Scarlet'  at Amazon.co.uk,  by clicking the link below.

 

 New Captain Scarlet - Series One

 

13 episodes (260 minutes?)

Boxset (Region 2, PAL format)

 

Granada Ventures Ltd

(details to be confirmed)

Release date: October 17, 2005

 

 

GERRY ANDERSON ANSWERS THE SPECTRUM HEADQUARTERS FORUM QUESTIONS!

 

Some  weeks ago, the Spectrum Headquarters Forum has been gathering questions to ask Gerry Anderson and his team about the new CGI series.   Many interesting questions have been received, and have been taken into consideration for our selection; after adding them to an accompanying text, that selection  has then been handed to our friend, Forum member Aegis (of the Indestructible Productions),  who had offered to forward these questions to whom it may concern!

 

And now the exiting news is:  The questions have been answered - by Mr. Anderson himself!  And you are now able to read both questions and answers on this page, in the exact format in which they were received!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

'SECOND SEASON',  TOYS, AND INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

 

The next 13 episodes ('Season 2') will start airing in the Fall, but no date or viewing slot has been announced so far.  It is unknown at this point if the first series of 13 episodes will also be reprised before the Season 2 run - which might still be possible considering that the second viewing of the show seems to have stopped 4 episodes before it was completed.  Stay tuned for news on that subject.

 

The Japanese company Bandai will soon offer a full range of New Captain Scarlet toys (which should have been slated to coincide with the original Fall viewing.  The TV Century 21 site offers a photo gallery of those toys, which look rather stunning.   In collaboration with Bandai, the Teen Today Site is presently promoting in UK a New Captain Scarlet  give-away contest.  Enter to have the change to win a prize package of New Captain Scarlet  toys!

 

A selection of those toys will be available in UK in  Argos Stores.  Most of them can't be ordered online and can only be reserved and picked up at the store.  Other stores are expected to offer the toys as well.  Check online for availability.

 

Last newsletter from the official New Captain Scarlet site also announce that 'wheels are in motion to broadcast the show worldwide. The most notable recent news is that French broadcaster TF1 have obtained the rights to screen the New Captain Scarlet in France.

 

Specific airdates for France and other countries will be announced through the [official] site as they become known.'

 

UPDATES  MAY 29, 2005:

 

NEW TIME SLOT FOR CAPTAIN SCARLET CGI SERIES 

 The first 13 episodes of Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet series, previously seen on Ministry of Mayhem on Saturday morning, will be rerun in their own  timeslot on ITV1 Starting again from 4.30pm on Tuesday, May 31st with Instrument Of Destruction - Part 1, the series will run nearly all through Summer until August 23rd.

With this new timeslot, the series will receive a higher profile and will actually be details in television listings magasines and newspapers - something that it had not while being part of the Ministry of Mayhem Saturday morning show. Many people who had missed the opportunity to see the series - and who were not even aware of it, sometimes only after a few episodes had been aired -  will have their chance to see it this time around.

Falls will then see the airing of the second season - 13 news episodes - as well as the release of the DVD containing the first 13 episodes.  More news to come on date of airing for the news episodes and on release and other information concerning the DVD...

 

 

UPDATES  MAY 11, 2005:

 

GERRY ANDERSON'S  NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET ANNUAL BOOK - AVAILABLE IN AUGUST

 

On August 1st 2005, Egmont Books Ltd. will published a brand new Captain Scarlet Annual book.  Based on the present-day  new remake of the TV series, this annual, aimed at junior readers, uses high-quality images taken from the series, and will include puzzles, games, and photo-stories.  The book will be 64 pages, hard cover.  No cover has been presented as yet, but this site will keep you informed as soon as new information becomes available. 

 

The book is available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk.  You can click the link to order.

 

 

 

UPDATES  MARCH 29, 2005:

 

QUESTIONS FOR GERRY ANDERSON (ABOUT THE NEW CGI SERIES) NOW SENT!

 

In the last weeks, the Spectrum Headquarters Forum has been gathering questions to ask Gerry Anderson and his team about the new CGI series.  Along with my very helpful team of moderators, I'd like to thanks everyone for their interest and contribution to this project.  We received many interesting questions, and took them all in consideration for our selection.  Now this selection has been made, and, after including them into a very nice letter written by one of our moderators (Thank you, Clya "Doc" Brown!), they have been sent to our contact within the production team  (And  thank YOU, Aegis, for offering to forward these questions to whom it may concern!).

 

The questions are as follow.  We're hoping to receive answers for them (or some of them)  eventually, and we're hoping to post those answers here, for you all to check, as soon as they will be available.

 

Stay tuned to these  news!

 

 

Dear Mr Anderson,

 

Firstly we’d like to thank you so much for finding the time to read our little list of questions relating to the ‘New Captain Scarlet’.  Should you be able to respond, we’d like to post your replies (with your permission, of course) on our fan website, www.spectrum-headquarters.com, which is maintained by Chris Bishop, a Canadian fan of the original Captain Scarlet who needless to say is waiting impatiently for the opportunity to see the new CGI series.

We’re very much an international group of Scarlet fan, We’re very much an international group of Scarlet fans, from countries all over the globe (The Americas, Asia, Europe, all the way to Australia, etc.).  Most of us use aliases, by the way – they’re included in parenthesis after each question – but please don’t let that fool you with regards the sincerity of our interest in your work, as exemplified by the following introductory paragraph and question, which comes from another of your staunchest fans in Canada:

 

  • Mr. Anderson: Please let me begin by taking this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for many, uncounted hours of imaginative enjoyment (specifically, fan-fiction) based on the programs that you and your creative teams produced in the 1960's. In the years since the original Captain Scarlet left my local airwaves, I have been privileged to have encountered a number of other enthusiastic Classic Scarlet fans who have become pen-pals and e-pals and very close friends, immeasurably enriching an already busy life.  While this spin-off may have been unintentional, do you find it gratifying that your various programs have inspired such positive and long-lived effects among members of your original audience?  (Doc Denim)

 

Doc Denim’s one of many foreign fans who – much to their frustration – haven’t been able to see the new show yet, so we’d like to ask two questions immediately on behalf of all of them:

  • Are there plans afoot for showing the New Captain Scarlet in countries other than the UK?  And if so, could you tell us which countries and whether Australia is included?  And when?  (Chris Bishop & Elentari)

  • Already the presenters of MOM have referred to fans wanting to buy the DVD of the series when it appears.  Can we assume it’ll follow hot on the heels of the TV premiere in the UK?  (Doc Brown)

 

The Old vs the New

Many of our group are old enough to remember the original series with much affection, and therefore inevitably have a number of questions concerned with some of the changes that have been made when creating the new series:

  • Are there any elements of the original series that you would have chosen to retain, but were unable to?  (C21)

  • What was the rationale behind the changes to the original series’ characters that do appear in the new series? (Lt Flaxen)

  • Of the innovations introduced (other than technical production aspects) in the new Captain Scarlet, which do you consider the greatest improvement? (C21)

  • Is this new series closer to your original concept of Captain Scarlet and how has that concept developed over the decades? (Shaqui)

 

The TV21 Connection

A number of questions arose on the subject of tie-ins and related merchandising, and in particular the legendary comic ‘TV21’:

  • During the 1960s, the comic ‘TV21’ provided fans with a tie-in to several of your series, to say nothing of all the other merchandise that proliferated at the time.  With a whole new generation of fans potentially clamouring for Scarlet-related material, are there any plans for something similar this time around? (Doc Brown)

  • Speaking as editor of the 'Gerry Anderson Complete Comic History' website, I feel that the new series is far closer to the 'TV21' version of 'Captain Scarlet' than the original series. Were you perhaps inspired by the 'TV21' strips, which were freed of the constraints of the puppets, and had more adventurous storylines and action elements than perhaps the original series allowed for?  (Shaqui)

  • Can we expect to see comprehensive character bios and full hardware specs for the series developed, in a similar way to the original 'TV21' versions of the original series?  And if so, when and where? (Shaqui)

 

The New Captain Scarlet

Many other questions relate solely to aspects of the new series:

  • All of us were very pleasantly surprised by the earlier than expected transmission date of the New Captain Scarlet.  Why was the series launched in the UK in February 2005 rather than September, as it was understood had originally been planned? (Carrie)

  • Were you disappointed at the way the early episodes were broadcast – with large gaps between the halves and then with graphics over the screen?  And is there any news of the rumoured repeat UK showing as a stand-alone programme rather than part of MOM? (Shaqui)

  • On a purely personal level, as creator of both original and new series, how successful do you feel 'New Captain Scarlet' to be?  (Shaqui)

  • Is there a limited amount of motion capture that is used for each episode due to lack of time or difficulties in the motion capture process?  (Lt Green)

  • Was it a conscious decision to make the voices somewhat less distinctive as the characters' ability to convey emotion by facial and physical expression increased?  (Lt Flaxen)

  • Many people grew up with your creations and will have been influenced by them in their choice of career, probably including many of your current production team.  Do you find that that makes for a particularly dynamic working environment?  (Yorkie & Doc Brown)

  • Are things just like the old days?  How does a typical day unfold, and which part of it is the most enjoyable from your point of view?  (Yorkie)

 

The Future

Now that we’ve had the opportunity to see the potential of CGI in the context of Captain Scarlet, the final question is not in the least bit difficult to predict:

  • Given that (the fates willing) 'New Captain Scarlet' is the success you want it to be, what does the future of CGI/Hypermarionation hold now? A second series of Scarlet? A revival of another Anderson show like 'Thunderbirds'?  Or something totally new?  (Chris Bishop, Shaqui & Yorkie)

 

There – that’s all of them!  If you could find the time to respond to any or all of them, we’d be thrilled.  In the meantime, may we wish ‘The New Captain Scarlet’ a long and successful run, and you personally every success with any new ventures that you might be planning.

 

Yours most sincerely,

 

The members of the Spectrum Headquarters Forum.

 

 

 

UPDATES  FEBRUARY 21, 2005:

 

USE THE SPECTRUM HQ FORUM TO ASK A QUESTION TO GERRY ANDERSON ABOUT THE NEW CGI SERIES.

 

This animated gif was made by Kelly HaycockThis project has been proposed by members of the Spectrum Headquarters Forum, following that simple question:

 

"If Gerry Anderson monitored this website and decided to answer questions on his new CGI Show... what would you ask him?"

It is all probable that Gerry Anderson himself doesn't monitor the website, but maybe there would be a possibility to forward the questions to him.  In this eventuality, it has been suggested that this project be announced on this page.   You might want to visit the
Spectrum  Headquarters Forum and check the CGI board, to see what it's all about.    Questions will be examined by the forum administrators, and a selection will be made so to keep the most relevant questions.  The selected questions - when we'll have a reasonable number of them - will be listed on the forum.  Then, if it's at all possible, they will be forwarded to Gerry Anderson, in the hope that he will agree to answer them.

 

So if you have questions concerning the new shows, things you are wondering about, now's the time to ask.  If you're a member of the forum, just click to the CGI board, and check under the Questions to Gerry Anderson topic.  If you are not a member, you can leave your questions on the Guests and Visitors board.

 

 

UPDATES  FEBRUARY 13, 2005:

 

GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET - PILOT AIRED!

 

No comments from me, since I didn't see it yet.  And won't be seeing it before some time - it's a long way before it'll come to this side of the Atlantic.  But reactions on the Spectrum  Headquarters Forum have been interesting, so we're waiting with bate breath... You are invited to give your own reactions to the new show on the Forum.  If you are not a member, you can use the 'Guests and Visitors' board to leave your messages.   Please abide to the Forum rules of respect and politeness. 

 

 

UPDATES  JANUARY 29, 2005

 

GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET - AIRING DATE FOR PILOT EPISODE AND UK SCHEDULE

We've been hoping and waiting a long time for this!  It's finally happening... and earlier than we all anticipated.

Contrary to earlier news reports that  Gerry Anderson's highly anticipated New Captain Scarlet series will aired next September - it has been reported earlier this week that the new series will start airing on British television, on ITV, only a couple of weeks from now!

The pilot of the series - part one of "Weapon of Destruction" - will air Saturday February 12, 2005 at 9.30AM - which will be the regular slot for the new series.  13 episodes will be aired starting this Spring, with the last 13 episodes aired in the Fall.   It was originally planned for the whole 26 episodes, of what was supposed to be the first series, to begin in September.  The last 13 episodes of what will now be the ‘second series’ will complete production around July.

Negotiations are under way for each episode to be repeated on ITV during a weekday afternoon slot, and on Saturday evenings for older viewers.  

In addition to this, the first 13 episodes will be released on DVD in October.  

Related toys and other merchandising should be made available very soon.  More news to come about that subject.

For more information, check the Fanderson website, and this article on the Times Online site.

You are invited to use the Spectrum  Headquarters Forum to give us your comments about this news!

 

 

UPDATES  DECEMBER 19, 2004

 

GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET OFFICIAL SITE LAUNCHED!

 

Since this week, the official site for the upcoming Captain Scarlet CGI series (entitled "Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet") is accessible online. 

 

Using the 'Skybase' webpage that had been accessible through the Fanderson site since a few months ago, the new, very professional and hi-tech looking website will answer many questions fans are wondering about concerning the upcoming series.  The Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet Official Website presently offers data on Spectrum members (Scarlet, Blue, White, Green and Destiny), a foreword by Gerry Anderson,  a downloadable trailer that had been available, the possibility to sign in to a mailing list group, and recruitment information for The Indestructible Production Company.

 

Updates will be added to the site - hopefully, regularly -  with further information on the series itself, equipment, craft, characters - and upcoming merchandising.

 

Nine months to go - before the new series is launched!

 

 

 

UPDATES  NOVEMBER 13, 2004

 

CAPTAIN SCARLET CGI SERIES:  NEW INFORMATION

 

Issue 50 of the FAB magazine has revealed new information about the upcoming CGI series.  Amongst those information, names of the characters and  titles listing for 20 of the 26 episodes.  Script of 22 of those episodes have been written, and the 20 episodes which titles follow are presently in production:

 

  1.  Instrument of Destruction (Part 1)

  2. Instrument of Destruction (Part 1)

  3. Rain of Terror

  4. Mercury Falling

  5. The Homecoming

  6. Chiller

  7. Rat Trap

  8. Swarm

  9. Circles of Doom

  10. Trap for a Rhino

  11.  The Achilles Messenger

  12. Skin Deep

  13. Heist

  14. Virus

  15. Contact

  16. Enigma

  17. Best of Enemies

  18. Proteus

  19. Syrtis Major

  20. Fallen Angels

 

Names of characters are also been officially released, with the confirmation that BOTH Lieutenant Green and Captain Ochre (Or Lieutenant Ochre, as information on that subject is still mitigated) are women:

 

Captain Scarlet:  Paul Metcalfe

Captain Indigo:  John Roach

Captain Blue:  Adam Svenson

Destiny Angel:  Simone Giraudoux

Colonel White:  Sir Charles Grey

Harmony Angel:  Rebecca Drake

Lieutenant Green:  Serena Lewis

Melody Angel:  Esther Jackson

Captain Black:  Conrad Lefkon

Rhapsody Angel:  Caroline Foster-Finch

Dr Gold:  Dr. Mason Frost

Symphony Angel:  Yoko Inukai

Captain Ochre:  Elaine McGee

Lieutenant Silver:  unnamed

Captain Grey:  Iain Taggart

Captain Brown:  unnamed

Captain Magenta:  Mario Moro

Captain Orange:  unnamed

 

While Captain Scarlet, Captain Blue and Colonel White keep the same names they had in the earlier version of the series (although Colonel White's name had only been mentioned in Century 21 printed material), the background for each characters are now very different.  Still born in Winchester, England, by an English mother, Scarlet's father, Tom Metcalfe, was the first man to walk upon Martian ground.  As for Captain Blue, born in Texas instead of Boston, Massachusetts, he is now the son of a three-star general, advisor to the US World President and friend with Colonel White. It is now Blue who is the West Point graduate, instead of Scarlet, in the classic series.  

 

Colonel White has been given  the title of "Sir" (which, so far, had been created only in some fanfic stories...) and Captain Magenta had now gained an Italian name (maybe designers of the new series decided to keep his link to the mob, but thought that an Italian name would give more weight to this).  Symphony Angel is now the Asian member of the Angels team, instead of Harmony, and Captain Grey is Scottish.   Lieutenant Silver, a brand-new character, is being cast as Lieutenant Green's sometimes replacement as communication officer, when Green will be off-duty.

 

Visitors of the Fanderson website  have probably noticed the countdown at the top of their homepage.  The countdown, as revealed in the FAB magazine, is an announcement for three separate events, two of which will be hosted by Fanderson in September 2005, namely: The Thunderbirds television series' 40th anniversary and Space: 1999's 30th anniversary.  The third event is, naturally, the launch of the New Captain Scarlet series.  

 

Mark your calendar, people, for some very excited upcoming happenings!

 

More information and pictures to be added shortly.

 

 

UPDATES, AUGUST 15, 2004

 

Information about the two following mags was already announced in a previous updates. Now for more complete information...

 

GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET IN DREAMWATCH NO. 119

Exclusive Preview and All-New Pictures.

 

The war against the Mysterons is about to be resumed, as the computer-generated Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet is being readied for its planned 2005 launch. The opening two episodes have already been completed and a further 11 are to be produced!

 

In the new Dreamwatch, legendary TV producer Gerry Anderson, MBE discusses his classic 1960s’ marionette show reincarnation as a state-of-the-art computer-generated series.

“The situation could not be better,” Anderson tells Dreamwatch “We have screened the first two episodes to a number of people and everyone who’s seen it has thought it was bloody fantastic!”

Although the series brings Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons into the 21st century, Anderson says the new show will still have its roots in the original 1960s’ series. “The first episode starts with the visit to Mars, which will explain how Captain Scarlet became indestructible,” he reveals. “The fight between Spectrum and the Mysterons remains, and most of our key characters remain in the show.”  

But he also notes that in some areas it has been brought up-to-date. “We’ve made Lieutenant Green a woman,” he explains. “We have also made Captain Ochre a woman. And as the classic series will still be around, we have created all new vehicles for the show. Cloudbase is now Skybase.”

 

One thing Anderson is keen to make clear about the new show is the thinking behind its title. “The title is Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet. That means nobody can take it off me, like they have in the past.”

 

To read more about Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet, buy Dreamwatch #119 – available now from all good newsagents!  

 

TV ZONE SPECIAL 57 - GERRY ANDERSON SPECIAL

 

The Finger is on the Trigger... ready to unleash an all-new Captain Scarlet. The godfather of Supermarionation looks back on the triumphs and frustrations of his career so far, telling us why he loathed working with puppets, and how CGI will make his dreams come true.  

For a man whose name’s become synonymous with puppetry, Gerry Anderson has a low opinion of the art. “Nothing in my childhood influenced me to go into the film business and to make puppet films. The thought of making puppet films made me feel ill.

“What happened was that I started life in the film industry in the cutting room, and I suppose I must have been fairly ambitious because I wanted to start my own company. I got together with a friend, and we formed a little film company and waited for the telephone to ring… and of course it didn’t. Our money very quickly ran out, and we were about to shut up shop when a woman by the name of Roberta Leigh found where we were, came in and said ‘Would you like to make 52 15-minute films for children?’ We were so naïve that we said ‘Yes indeed,’ because we needed the money.” And then came the catch. “Then she said ‘That’s great, and we’ll start talking about a contract, but they’re to be made with puppets’. Well, I’d never seen a puppet in my life, and the thought of making puppet films made me feel ill,” Anderson reaffirms, “but as I say we needed the money. We made this series, and I was determined to make them look as near to live action as possible, because I thought that the broadcasters would look at these puppet films and say ‘This guy’s wasting his time, he ought to be doing live action’. Instead of which they responded by saying ‘Great puppet films this guy makes, let’s commission more’. So the simple answer is I just fell into it.”

The next ingredient of Anderson’s unique mix came about just as unwittingly. Frustrated at his puppet stars’ inability to walk, Anderson decided to move them around in vehicles… and that led him accidentally into Science Fiction. “Yes, all of that’s correct.” Anderson affirms, when reminded of the usual account of events. “I won’t repeat what you just said because you’re dead right. The series was called Supercar, and it was a car that could travel on water like a boat, or underwater like a submarine, or on a road like a car – hence 'Supercar'. We couldn’t make the puppets walk and I was aware that one should get as much movement as possible and yes, I thought that this would be a good way of getting some movement and action into the films, and so I made Supercar for that reason.

Cue the unexpected consequence. “When it went on air people went ‘Oh, I’ve seen your new show, Gerry, I see you’re in Science Fiction.’ And I remember saying ‘Am I?’ And in this business you very quickly get typecast, and that’s what happened to me."

Get the full interview in TV Zone Special #57.

 

UPDATES, JULY 7, 2004

 

CGI SERIES:  SOME DETAILED INFO

 

News start to abound concerning the Captain Scarlet series - now called "Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet".  Issue number 49 of FAB Magazine, from Fanderson, has an article about the series, as well as TV Zone Special 57 (June 2004) which is a Gerry Anderson Special, and Dreamwatch 119 (July 2004), where Gerry exclusively talks about the new series.

 

While I'm still waiting to acquire Dreamwatch and TV Zone Special here in Canada, I did receive my issue of FAB and literally devoured the article about the CGI series (oh yes!  There's also information about the Thunderbirds movie, due to be released at the end of the month!).  There's also an interview of three pages presently online, on the NewTek Europe site, with Ron Thornton, producer on the , which reveals a lot of interesting information - most of it technical - about the series, its progression and the way the CGI effects are done.  You can also found there still pictures that might give you an idea of how the series will look.  Until recently, there was a second trailer available - with stunning action scenes taken directly from the three first episodes of the series, which REALLY gave the feel of what it will all look like Scarlet and Black - just before meeting the Mysterons.  Scarlet is having second thoughts about the Mars mission.  Image screen-captured from the second trailer. once released.  I was fortunate enough to view that trailer before it came offline (for whatever reason) and I can be witness that it WILL look good.  Granted, it will not be the same as the original series, and you can even view it as a totally different series (and you should) but I can guarantee you:  it won't leave you indifferent.

 

With all these articles and news presently available about the series, we are now starting to get a better picture of its details  -  here's a  brief summary of a few interesting  sure facts for you:

 

 

CHARACTERS:

  

- All the original characters are back from the first series - with the noticeable exception of Doctor Fawn, who has been replaced by a Doctor Gold (A shame - I like Fawn!).  

- Some background for the characters has changed.  Lieutenant Green is definitely a woman, by the name of Serena Lewis - but has been kept as a Black character.  

- The name of Captain Black has been changed from Conrad Turner to Conrad Lefkon.  - Captain Blue is still Adam, but I have no more information about his last name.  

- Captain Scarlet will go with Captain Black to Mars, and will encounter the Mysterons with them.  While Black will be quick to assume they are attacked by the new lifeform they will encounter, Scarlet will argue that maybe that device that was aimed at them was simply a scanning device...

- Destiny Angel gets a boost as a more central character and definite leader of the Angels.  She was romantically involved with Captain Black, before he left for his mission on Mars.  She will have to come to term with his 'death' and mysteronisation. That should make for interesting drama. Apparently, there might be a love interest between her and Captain Scarlet at some point.  

- As far as  it is known, only the five original Angels are listed in the regular cast of characters list - no other Angel pilots seem to have been added to the cast.  There is no news of Captain Brown, but a new character, Captain Orange, has been added.

 

 

CRAFT AND VEHICLES:

 

Skybase - Spectrum Headquarters from the New Captain Scarlet show. Image was screen-captured from the second trailer.A list had previously been posted on this site, with photos of craft and vehicles.  There is no big change to that list:

- Skybase replaces Cloudbase (I should mourn the name...) and sits at 60,000 feet up in the air.  It's bulkier and looks more functional.

- The Rhino is the updated Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle.

- The White Falcon Interceptor replaces the Angel Interceptor (another name I will mourn). However, the change in name may contribute to avoid confusion between pilots (who are still named 'Angels') and their craft.

- The Cheetah is Spectrum Rapid Response Vehicle.  It looks a lot like the classic Spectrum Patrol Car - it's also red - but with a more futuristic look to it. Apparently, it can jump small distance (a reminder of the original CGI pilot).  It has been designed for the series by a top car designer, Peter Stevens, who previously worked on models for McLaren, Jaguar and Lotus.  

- The Humming Bird is now the name given to the Spectrum Helicopter.

- The Swift has replaced the Spectrum Passenger Jet.

- The MEV (Martian Exploration Vehicle) has been given the more general description of Spectrum Alien Terrain Vehicle and is called the Bison.

 

The Stallion Raid Bike - who could jump from Skybase to Earth.  The cabin is pressurised, for the rider.  Image captured from the second trailer.The completely new craft added to the list of Spectrum equipment:

 

- The Stallion is the Spectrum Raid bike - and yes, it can jump directly from Skybase, as reported in a previous article.

- The Albatross, a very strange looking craft, that I would describe as half-plane, half helicopter, which is described as 'Spectrum special Deployment Craft'.

- And finally, the Condor, a multi-Functional Transport Plane.

 

The series will have 26 episodes.  Scripts for 18 of them are already been written, and are now in production.  The first two episodes of the series form a two-parts story arc entitled "Instrument of Destruction".  Scenes from the two trailers have been taken from those two episodes as well as from "Rain of Terror", the third episode of the series.  If all goes well, and the series is successful, there might be the possibility of a second season, or even more...  (crossing fingers here).  

 

There is high possibility for UK fans to finally see the new series around September 2005.  But it is also possible that US network may air the series during Summer 2005.  Still news to be confirmed.

 

More information will be added to this page shortly, as well as pictures.  But if you want to learn more, I suggest to check the NewTek Europe site for the interview with Ron Thornton, the FAB magazine, if you're a Fanderson member (who knows a Fanderson member!), and try to find Dreamwatch 119 and TV Zone Special 57.

 

Good reading!

 

 

 

UPDATES, APRIL 5, 2004

 

CGI SERIES:  NEW BACKGROUND INFO AND PICTURES

 

A colour flyer from Carlton International was released recently to present background information on the new Captain Scarlet CGI series.  In PDF format, the press release in accessable through  the licensing area of Carlton Consumer tab, on their site menu.  There are other Gerry Anderson related information that you might want to check on the Carlton site.  Or you can click this link here, to open the document from the Carlton site.

 

The flyer offers a brief synopsis of the series' background, that goes like this, which keeps faithful to the original series:  

"[...] When a manned mission to Mars goes disastrously wrong, Spectrum agents destroy a Mysteron city in error. In revenge, the Mysterons vow to destroy Earth. With the power to regenerate matter, they take control of Spectrum’s Captain Black and pit him against the organisation. But when they attempt to take control of Captain Scarlet, it backfires and he does not become their ally. Instead, he is made indestructible, and Spectrum’s only hope against the power of the Mysterons."

The flyer also presents the target audience - such as already reported on this page: primary target, boys  4-9 (?!); secondary target:  boys 10-15, girls 4-12 and 'adult males of all ages.   

I personally think the 'primary target' is somehow off - considering the different reports different sources, it appears that it would really be aimed at an older audience.  Plus except for girls 4-12, female audience are barely mentioned - and I know for a fact that there are many over 12 who are waiting impatiently to see how the series will go!

Images of vehicles and settings are also offered on the flyer, with a bit of information -  which are completed here by other sources as to offer you as much of a complete and accurate report as possible.  

Most of the following images are not much bigger than thumbnails - sorry, but it is as much as I could offer at the moment.  Note that comments you'll find concerning each images are only my own personal reflections.

The new SPECTRUM logo - barely recognizable, but not bad at all.  The 'S' has been stylised differently, and the rainbow - with mixing colours - now inside the logo itself, instead of surrounding it to form a roundel.  The new logo will be sported on vehicles and uniforms - Not on the cuffs, according to recent images, but on the cap and belt buckle.

 

SKYBASE looks better than I expected.  If you look closely, I think it is possible to see what is actually the control tower, on the far right of the image.  An additional, transversal runway has been added to the design, but all and all, 'Skybase' looks a lot like the original 'Cloudbase' - only updated.  It looks more massive and sturdy.  As Cloudbase was hovering at 40,000 feet over the Earth, Skybase will be set higher - 60,000 feet.  

 

The RHINO  is obviously the new, updated Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle - Good-looking too, with the new logo on its forehead.  The designers kept the hydraulic systems originally created for the SPV - but the seat apparently isn't oriented backward.  I seem to remember reading somewhere that Gerry Anderson had regretted that the SPV had been conceived that way - as it was getting increasingly difficult to explain why, in the series episodes.  Probably decided to settle the problem by not doing the same mistake?

 

Either this is the newly designed ANGEL, or the new FALCON Interceptor.  It is unclear in the information found if the Falcon should completely replace the Angel.  or if it'll be a new Interceptor that will be fighting alongside the Angel.  I noticed the stylised 'A' on the side of the tail.  And when zooming on the image, you could also distinctly read the name 'Destiny', by the side of the cockpit.  If the name of the craft changes that drastically, what will be the use of calling the pilots 'Angel pilots'?  Many information confirm that the original Angel pilots will be in the new series, and that there will also be additional pilots (Angels or not?)  To be followed...

 

 

This new craft is a dilemma.  It could be either the CONDOR - which should replace the original Spectrum Passenger Jet - and which designs confirms the multi-options aspect of the original SPJ, as described in the original annuals and latter magazines - even considering that it wasn't stated in the TV series. Fans will remember that the SPJ wasn't only designed to transport passengers, but also as a 'centre of command', transporter of troops, and even conference centre...   Or this picture could also be of the ALBATROSS, a brand-new craft, described as a new 'rapid deployment craft'.  If the previous craft isn't the Falcon, however, this one looks too massive to be an interceptor.  

 

 

The RAID bike announced in the flyer is a novelty.  And some kind of an oddity.  Apparently, it could be launched from Skybase.  At 60,000 feet in the air?!  I don't know, I kind of wish  - especially for the driver - that it'll be part of the standard equipment for the Albatross or Condor...

 

The CHEETAH is yet another vehicle announced for the new series - which would presumably be the replacement for the original Spectrum Patrol Car, as the standard Spectrum transport on ground.  It will be able to fly short distances - a reminiscence of a scene from the original CGI pilot of some years ago, where we actually see a SPC jumping the distance of a destroyed bridge over a ravine.  I couldn't find a picture of the Cheetah, except from this insert from a working plan, taken from the Margetts Investment brochure.

 

Considering the surrounding, it would be a good bet that this is the new version of a MARTIAN EXPLORATION VEHICLE - The MEV of the original series, although its actual name is yet unknown.  It does look a lot like the original one.  The canon on top is certainly mean-looking - and leaves little doubt that it will - eventually - be used... We all know how it ends.

 

The MYSTERON COMPLEX  - Now it's more impressive - and certainly more sinister - than in the original series, which, let's face it, looked a little on the side of a giant pinball game...

 

Margetts graciously sent me the Marketing brochure offered to their investors - along with the promotional DVD that contains both a short, but interesting documentary and the 90 seconds teaser of actual footage from the upcoming series.  Still images  of this teaser can be found on the TV Century 21 site, hosted by Simon Wickes.  Although very interesting, some of the still images don't do justice to the actual animation, which is impressive.  The characters' movements look very realistic - especially during a fight scene.

 

UPDATES, MARCH 21, 2004

 

 

UPDATED PICTURE OF CGI ANGEL PILOT

 

Taken from the back of the investment brochure, the color picture of the Angel pilot from the new CGI series now replaces the previous picture in black in white.  Click here to view photo.

 

Further information on the new series will soon follow on this page and the CGI page.  Stay tuned!

 

MARCH 7, 2004

 

NEW INFORMATION AND  PICTURES AVAILABLE FROM THE CGI SERIES

 

Target audience has been announced for the new Captain Scarlet CGI series as followed:

 

Primary target audience:  boys aged 4-9. 

Secondary target:  boys 10-15, girls 4-12 and 'adult males of all ages'.

 

I feel left off, but that's not new.  I'm about sure the original series 'target audience' didn't include me either...

 

 Many of the episodes are on difference stages of production, right now, and there's a new offer from Margetts and Gerry Anderson Productions to raise additional funds from investors for the completion of this wonderful project.  

 

A publicity prospectus by Margetts was distributed around, containing a special DVD with contains - amongst other interesting information, a 90 seconds trailer of the new series.  I've been told it's actual footage.  The TV Century 21 site has put screen captured images of that teaser online.  Visit this link to check it out, and read the short summary of the teaser.  Feel free to leave comments to the webmaster.

 

The prospectus can be found online, on the Margetts website - You will need PDF to read it. Of course, the DVD is not available online. 

 

The  following are promotional pics, Captain Scarlet and Captain Black taken from the prospectus cover - and (Destiny?) Angel taken from the last issue of the Fanderson magazine, where a special investment proposal was offered to Fanderson  members. 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 14, 2004

 

POSSIBLE AIRING DATE

 

I don't know if it's quite possible, but the airing date for the new Captain Scarlet CGI series has been forwarded.  Instead of the 2005 original date, it seemed that there will be enough completed episode for an earlier broadcast - that was predicted for Winter 2004 (December?).

 

26 episodes are projected - and - this according to reliable source - four of them are in the can as we speak right now.

 

TRIMEDIA AND GERRY ANDERSON PRODUCTIONS CO-VENTURE DEAL

 

 Press release appearing  on Biz.Yahoo.com, Thursday, January 15, 2004:

"TriMedia Entertainment Enters Agreement with Gerry Anderson Productions plc for New Captain Scarlet Series
Thursday January 15, 4:34 pm ET

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE) -Jan. 15, 2004 -TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc. ("TriMedia") (OTCBB:TMEG - News) and Gerry Anderson Productions plc, a United Kingdom company, have entered a memorandum of understanding with respect to a co-venture for the development, production, distribution and marketing of the new Captain Scarlet television and entertainment series and mutual investments.

The terms and conditions of the transaction include broadcast placement of the new Captain Scarlet television and entertainment series - "Captain Scarlet - The Return of the Mysterons," merchandising of Captain Scarlet related products, DVD home video distribution and sales, computer and video gaming and such other opportunities for the international branding of Captain Scarlet as shall be contained in a definitive agreement between the parties. It is anticipated that TriMedia's co-venture partner, Sony Music Entertainment, will be partnering in the project with its Sony Wonder division and the family of Sony companies on the development and exploitation of the Captain Scarlet branded property. The financial terms of this relationship will be defined in a definitive agreement that the parties are presently negotiating. 

 

"Captain Scarlet - The Return of the Mysterons." The original Captain Scarlet series was created using puppets and the technique known as "supermarionation." The new series is being created using computer graphic imagery animation technology which is often abbreviated CGI. This production process has been used by Pixar and others to create a number of recent animation films including Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and Shrek. "Captain Scarlet - The Return of the Mysterons" will be an entirely new series. It is intended that the new series, utilizing CGI, will be significantly modernized while retaining the character and flavor of the original series.

 

Chris Schwartz, CEO and President of TriMedia stated, "We are honored to participate with Gerry Anderson, one of the world's leading artisans in his craft, in developing the international brand for Captain Scarlet. The combination of Gerry Anderson's creativity and state-of-the-art high definition animated production and production facilities, Sony's global strength in providing a one-stop global solution to develop Captain Scarlet product iterations across all media platforms, ability to define and launch a business management strategy leveraging Sony's market strength in each category and our ability at TriMedia to converge the film and music world's independently with vertical and street marketing expertise will prove to be of great benefit for all involved. I believe that a cross pollination of creative properties in multiple media formats with a vertical market approach allows companies to maximize the return for their investment in creative properties and talents and will prove to be the economic engine for our industry in the future."

 

Gerry Anderson, Chairman of Gerry Anderson Productions, said "we believe that TriMedia is well placed to develop the Captain Scarlet New Series through their close relationship with Sony. Chris Schwartz has an excellent track record with a career that has spanned 20 years and generated more than one billion in revenues in conjunction with Sony. I believe that Chris and TriMedia have the skills and experience which we are seeking and I am looking forward to building a relationship which I'm sure will be highly rewarding."

 

About TriMedia

TriMedia is a multimedia entertainment group with a focus on developing entertainment content. TriMedia's areas of operation presently include a recording studio, a film production operation, record label operations and music publishing division.

 

About Gerry Anderson Productions plc

Gerry Anderson Productions plc was established in February 2003 to produce UK television programs and films for distribution in the worldwide market. Specifically, the company has commenced production of the first episodes of a new series, provisionally entitled "Captain Scarlet - The Return of the Mysterons." This is based on the original series of Captain Scarlet, which was produced by Gerry Anderson in 1967. Many broadcasters in numerous different countries up to present day have purchased the original series. Gerry Anderson is Chairman of Gerry Anderson Productions; his work is familiar to millions, from series such as Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Fireball XL5 and Stingray amongst others. He has produced or co-produced 17 television productions and three films. His work has primarily been created for children. Mr. Anderson's career has spanned several decades and is subject of a BBC book currently available entitled "What Made Thunderbirds Go!" which is his authorized biography. The enthusiasm, which exists for his work, has led to the creation of "Fanderson" which is the official Gerry Anderson fan club. The website address is www.fanderson.org.uk which provides extensive listings of Mr. Anderson's work.

 

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about TriMedia that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any other future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "would," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "continue," or the negative of such terms or similar expressions. Factors that might cause or contribute to such a discrepancy include, but are not limited to, risks associated with TriMedia's future growth and operating results, the uncertainty associated with obtaining sufficient financing, the uncertainty of market acceptance of TriMedia's products, technological change, competitive factors and general economic conditions, and those issues identified from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and other public documents. Except as otherwise required to be disclosed in current and periodic reports required to be filed by companies registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, TriMedia has no duty and undertakes no obligation to update such statements after the date hereof."

 

 

UPDATES August 25, 2003

 

DOUBLE NEGATIVE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN

 

With this poster of a CGI rendition of the classic Captain Scarlet (drawn in an Uncle Sam pose from the WW II recruitment drive), Passion Pictures and Double Negative have launched a recruitment campaign in order to find CGI character animators, modellers, texture and lighting specialists, technical support, etc. for the production of the new Captain Scarlet CGI series (what?!  No writers?!).  For more information, go to the Double Negative site.

 

 

 

LICENSING RIGHT TO NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET SERIES GIVEN TO CARLTON INTERNATIONAL

 

 Carlton International announced that they  will develop  a range of new Captain Scarlet licensed product to tie-in with the new CGI  television series. 

Carlton International will work with Gerry Anderson as the UK agent for the new series, and the Carlton Consumer Division will handle, toys, games and video/DVD opportunities and promotional licensing in the UK.

 

VOICES ANNOUNCEMENT FOR NEW SERIES CHARACTERS:

Sadly, it doesn't appear that Francis Matthews and Ed Bishop were casting to reprise their respective roles of Captain Scarlet and Captain Blue in the new CGI series. Former Mime Theatre Project artist and Space Precinct regular Wayne Forester has been announced as artist for the voice of  Captain Scarlet, while  Terrahawks former voice artist, Robbie' Ben'  Steven will be Captain Blue. Other voices will be provided by  Jeremy Hitchen who previously provided the voice of Dr. Tiger Ninestein in Terrahawks, Emily Tate and Jules de Young. More information to come...

 

 

FAQ FROM SIG

 

The SIG - Supermarionation is Go site had put up a FAQ section on the new Captain Scarlet series that'll is scheduled to aired on British television in 2005.

 

 

 

UPDATE JUNE 16, 2003:

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON THE CGI SERIES!

 

The character of Captain Black will play a more important part in the new CGI series, comparatively to the old series.

 

Unfortunately, it would appear that Francis Matthews, Ed Bishop and Elizabeth Morgan (who respectively performed the voices of Captain Scarlet, Captain Blue and Destiny/Rhapsody Angels), won't reprise their roles.

 

Spectrum hovering headquarters would apparently change its name from Cloudbase to Skybase (Should I  cry or scream?! I don't know, I used to think that the name 'Cloudbase' was indissociable from the Captain Scarlet mythos - but then again, so was be a male Lieutenant Green, one of the three characters of the original series who were of ALL the episodes!)

 

NEW LINK FOR THE 'THE PUPPETMASTERS' ARTICLE

 

Some of you may have noticed that CGI magazine doesn't have the 'The Puppetmasters' article from their June 2001 Edition online anymore.  CGI magazine doesn't even seem to have a website anymore. This is a very interesting, however technical, article on the CGI pilot that had been made by the Motion Picture Company a couple of years ago.  I'm very fortunate to have that issue of the magazine at home, so I took the time to copy it all up for you to consult here.  

 

NEW LINK FOR THE CGI PILOT SHOWREEL IN REAL PLAYER. See bellow.  

 

UPDATE MAY 12, 2003:

 

NEW DETAILS ON THE CGI SERIES!

 

In an interview to Fanderson, Gerry Anderson had revealed some new information regarding the new CAPTAIN SCARLET CGI series.  News are as followed:

- The new series will not be a follow-up to the old one.  It will feature a new pilot episode - originally of one hour long but that will be cut in two for airing - re-telling the origins of the conflict with the Mysterons and new adventures, so that new audience that had never seen the original series would not wonder what's going on exactly.

- Cloudbase will be better and bigger, and will move from 40,000 feet to 60,000 feet.  Which makes it VERY cold up there and - well very difficult to breath, considering there's not enough oxygen to support life.  Considering that, technicians performing maintenance on deck will do in from inside, their bodies hooked to a system that would link them to on-deck robots that would perform their tasks for them (A system MUCH similar to CGI techniques, come to think of it! That's very clever).

- Even though it will be mighty cold outside - there will be some more warmth inside.  Don't get it wrong:  this will not be a series about love stories - and it will stay for all ages.  But there'll be some pairing between field officers and Angel pilots, to show that the characters are 'normal people'. (Does anyone see Captain Blue with somebody else than Symphony Angel? No?)

- There will now be a total of twelve Angels pilots.  Six elite pilot, officers (no news on what could be the name of the sixth pilot for the new line-up), and six others, non-officers, stand-by pilots who could join during emergencies or big battles.

- There will be entirely new Vehicles.  Design of the uniform and cap will be different. (If they follow the previous design from the CGI pilot, they'll lose the shoulder pads.  Good!)

- As previously announced, the new series should keep the regular physical features of the original puppet casts - although it's not really sure if the original artists will be reprising their roles.

- Despite the previous note, however... Lieutenant Green would now be a lady (Whoa!  Hope her name won't be Seymour!!!)

 

 

UPDATE MARCH 25, 2003:

 

CAPTAIN SCARLET CGI SERIES NEWEST DEVELOPMENTS!

 

We've been all waiting to know!  And now here's some new, wonderful news concerning the new CGI series that's been rumored to be on the work for so long.  Well, rumors seem to be true, as the following information indicates to believe: 

 

Taken from the Fanderson FAB News page:
Anderson Entertainment have just announced that production has commenced at Pinewood Studios on a new multi-million pound television series of Captain Scarlet. Producer Gerry Anderson has been given the green light to produce a new 26 part series based on the characters and concepts of his original 1967 Supermarionation science-fiction adventure series, following the indestructible Captain Scarlet and the agents of Spectrum as they battle against the alien Mysterons from Mars. Gerry Anderson MBE says, "This is the most exciting project of my career. It is something that I have been working towards for several years and I am thrilled that we are going into production."

Following on from Anderson's earlier Supermarionation and Supermacromation filming techniques, the new Captain Scarlet series will be made in HYPERMARIONATION, a sophisticated form of computer animation. "This means that the series will be made using Computer Generated Images," says Anderson. "When I worked with puppets, I strived to make them as believable as possible. Now I can achieve this using Hypermarionation."

The dateline for the Anderson Entertainment production is still 2068 (as in the original series), but in keeping with the changing times, female Spectrum agents will be joining the front-line battle against the Mysterons. Anderson is also promising that the characters in the new Captain Scarlet series will be less clinical than in the original programme. "We are keeping the faces of the key characters, but we are re-designing the uniforms, developing totally new vehicles and Cloud Base will be bigger and better," Anderson explains.

Top Supermarionation series director David Lane is heading the new team of directors on Captain Scarlet. Formerly one of the editors on Fireball XL5 and Stingray, Lane made his directorial debut on Thunderbirds and went on to direct the feature films Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) and Thunderbird 6 (1968), produced Joe 90 and The Secret Service and later worked with Anderson on UFO, The Protectors and Space:1999. The associate producer of Captain Scarlet is Mark Sherwood, who previously worked with Anderson as post production supervisor on Space Precinct.

The new series follows a successful experimental test film featuring CGI animated characters made in 1999. Aimed at a family audience, the 26 episodes will take two years to make and will be screened in 2005.

Gerry Anderson exclusively reveals further details of the new Captain Scarlet series in the latest issue of the Fanderson club magazine FAB, which is currently scheduled to be mailed to members on March 31st. 

 

Another bit of information has been forwarded to me by a faithful visitor (to whom I present here all my thanks!), and serves as further proof to some of us more incredulous fans that this is more than probably going to happen!

 

Article from the London Times:

March 13, 2003
Captain Scarlet cuts his ties with past
By Adam Sherwin

THE "indestructible" Captain Scarlet is returning in a new television series three decades after his creation, but this time there are no strings attached.

The hero's creator, Gerry Anderson, 73, has ditched the puppets for a £5 million computer-generated animation series. Captain Scarlet will fight the Mysterons in 26 new episodes, but such are the costs of high-tech animation that Mr Anderson is offering investors a stake in the project.

A fund-mangement company, www.margetts.com, is selling stakes for a minimum of £25,000. Investors will share 50 per cent of net profits from a series that previously has generated £10 million in sales.

The new episodes will be shot at Pinewood Studios by Mr Anderson's production company and will then be sold to broadcasters worldwide.

First broadcast in 1967, the old shows were known for their "supermarionation" techniques in which puppets operated by almost invisible fine wires were combined with realistic special effects.

The new series will again be set in the year 2068, but will reflect a change in sensibilities by putting female agents in the front line in Spectrum's battle against the unseen Mysterons, which hail from Mars.

Mr Anderson made Captain Scarlet after the success of his Thunderbirds series. It was the first time he used puppets, which had faces with lifelike proportions.

Mr Anderson said: "This is the most exciting project of my career. When I worked with puppets, I strived to make them as believable as possible. Now I can achieve 'hypermarionation'. This means the series will be made using computer-generated images."

He added: "We are keeping the faces of the key characters, but we are redesigning the uniforms, developing totally new vehicles and Cloud Base will be bigger and better."

This site will provide you with any information I  could find, while trying to verify as much of it as I can!   If you do come across some information, please contact me, so we would share the knowledge with every Captain Scarlet fans out there!

 

Cross your fingers!  The countdown has begun, and we may very well have in a near future  what we all wished for!

 

ADDED JANUARY 1rst, 2003:

 

Showreel from the Motion Pictures Company, where you can find some of the pilot scenes.  Now in Real Player, and still in Windows Media Player.  You can download the reel onto your PC and view it as many times as you wish. 

 

Many of you must have learn by now that CARLTON INTERNATIONAL has prepared a Captain Scarlet pilot for an eventual new series or a feature film.  The pilot, (titled Captain Scarlet and the Return of the Mysterons) of a length of about four minutes, is a mini-adventure of Captains Scarlet and Blue, against their Mysteron enemy, Captain Black.  It features the voices of the original actor who performed the voices of the two heroes, back in 1967, Francis Matthews and Ed Bishop (no relations).  It was screened  for the first time at Fanderson's Century 21 convention, in last October. It was written, produced and directed by Gerry Anderson and John Needham, with conceptual designs by Begg and storyboards by Robin Shaw.

As these lines are written, there is no assurance  yet that the new series will ever be produced, but if  the critics and enthusiasm for the short pilot are any indications, then there is still some chance they we may be able to see Captain Scarlet back  to battle yet again the wrath of the Mysterons from Mars.

A correction:  the other CGI version that was previously presented on this site as "au unauthorised rival attempt", and which has been promoted on the internet these last months had indeed been requested by Carlton from a company that had previously helped redesign some of the International Rescue craft for SCI for its PC CD-ROM. Thanks to Anthony Clark, webmaster of
another Captain Scarlet' site, who had pointed that out to me.

CGI Magazine had published an interesting an complete article on the subject.  It is available online.

Click on the image to follow the link to the CGI Magazine article.

ADDED NEWS 26th APRIL 2002:

From various sources: On a live interview on BBC Radio Two "The Steve Wright Show", where he was invited to promote the re-relaise of his biography "What Made Thunderbirds Go", Gerry Anderson has given the following information:

After intense negotiation with Carlton Television, the CGI version of Captain Scarlet is on its way to get produced, as a 26 episodes TV series. Work on this new series - provisionally entitled "The New Captain Scarlet" should be set to start in July at Pinewood Studios. The series should take two years in the making - for it to be screen in 2004 - and will used state-of-the-art CGI technology, as already shown in the four-minutes mini-adventures shown during the Fanderson Century 21 convention.  The characters will be the same, but everything else will be updated and redesigned.  (Wonder if this means  the ALREADY designed version of Cloudbase, and the SPV seen in the CGI "pilot"... C.B.). 

Gerry Anderson is presently raising the 13 million UK Pounds needed for the project.

Thanks to the people who had contacted me to give me that news!

ADDED NEWS JULY 5th 2002:

SOURCE: SFX magazine, July 2002.

An article confirmed Gerry Anderson’s declaration in the interview given on BBC Radio Two, concerning securing the right to remake the Captain Scarlet series, using CGI technology. Gerry's new company, Anderson Entertainment, is currently raising the funds to make the series of 26-minute episodes.

Quotes: "CGI suits us more than almost anyone else in the world. We can make Captain Scarlet characters do all the things they couldn't do before like walk, hop skip, dance - anything." 

For about two years, the “Captain Scarlet pilot” has been presented at Conventions, to show what might be achieved, but it may be possible that the end result would be different from the format of that project.

Quotes: "The faces, the voices, the attitude of the characters will be very, very similar to the original show but we will be creating an all-new show. New uniforms, new vehicles - it's an opportunity to create something new. Being realistic about it, we're hoping to sell the show to territories that have never seen the original. There will be an entirely new generation of children who never saw it and many people who watched the original anyway will probably have forgotten. I tend to think we will go back to square one. Having said that, all these decisions will be made in the pre-production period."

Considering production cycle, the earliest broadcast would be 2004.

 

More news will be added on this page as they come along.  If any of you have further information, please contact me at  scarlet1bishop@hotmail.com

 

The Moving Picture Company having removed its showreel which sported all those CGI Captain Scarlet scenes from the 4-minutes pilot, I removed the link I had through it.  However, I had saved that showreel and you can visualize it, if you want,  with Window Media Player by clicking on the Captain Black image here.  

Be warned that the download can be very slow for some modems.  Be patient.  If you should encounter problems, however, and be unable to download the reel, I'm presently working on a possibility to accomodate you.  

In the meantime, don't despair.  I put bellow a series of screen captures from that CGI pilot, for you to enjoy.

 

 

Click on the image to go to a page where you will be able to view the reel.

 

 

 

 

VIEW THE SHOWREEL!

The dark opening sequence into a cemetery...

Close up on Captain Black.

Cloudbase Control Room.  Still very similar to the one we are familiar with.

Captains Blue and Scarlet in the Control Room. Note the slight difference to the familiar uniform of the 68 TV show.  

A close-up view of the CGI Scarlet.  

Captain Blue apparently receiving the Mysteron treatment...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The three Angels in CGI. Still VERY similar...

...But a different-looking Cloudbase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CGI Scarlet again.

The Spectrum Saloon Car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SPV, in CGI style.  The three following images are part of the a sequence in the adventure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarlet escapes the tumbling SPV...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... And faces the speeding SPC coming towards him.

A SPC crash, with a narrow escape. 

 

 

 

 

 

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