CGI NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET UNOFFICIAL WEBSITE
PART OF THE SPECTRUM HEADQUARTERS WEBSITE
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.
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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.
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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.
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:
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:
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.
The address to send drawings and letters is:
GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET - SERIES ONE DVD BOXSET - COVER ART
UPDATES AUGUST 3, 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!
'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.'
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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!
UPDATES FEBRUARY 21, 2005:
USE THE SPECTRUM HQ FORUM TO ASK A QUESTION TO GERRY ANDERSON ABOUT THE NEW CGI SERIES.
This project has been proposed by members of the Spectrum Headquarters Forum, following that simple question:
Gerry Anderson monitored this website and decided to answer questions on his new
CGI Show... what would you ask him?"
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.
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UPDATES DECEMBER 19, 2004
NOVEMBER 13, 2004
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:
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 Ochre: Elaine McGee
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
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.
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!
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.
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!”
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
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.”
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 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:
- 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:
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 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.
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:
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.
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:
Entertainment Enters Agreement with Gerry Anderson Productions plc for New
Captain Scarlet Series
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."
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
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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
International announced that they will develop a range of new Captain
Scarlet licensed product to tie-in with the new CGI television series.
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
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:
from the Fanderson
FAB News page:
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:
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.
Click on the image to follow the link to the CGI Magazine article.
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:
SFX magazine, July 2002.
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
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
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 email@example.com
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.
|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.