A full documentary feature about Gerry Anderson is to use technology to build a new interview with him too: more details here.

The life and work of the late, great Gerry Anderson is to be the subject of a new feature film documentary, it’s been announced. Anderson Entertainment is behind the project, that’ll tell the story of the life and times of the Thunderbirds, Stingray, Space: 1999 and Captain Scarlet creator (and that’s just a flavour of his work).

The official announcement of the project explains that the movie will cover the highs and lows of Anderson’s life. It sounds in particular like it’s not going to shy away from the darker edges of it. Said announcement specifically cites “his difficult upbringing, the death of his older brother and his damaging experiences of anti-Semitism”, as well as  “his complicated relationships with family, friends and fellow workers, his hatred of the puppets that made his name, the years when he fell out of favour”.

On the plus side, we’re also set to get the inside track on his successes, the innovations he brought to the screen, and his incredible legacy of work.

The film is being produced by independent production company The Format Factory, with the backing of Anderson Entertainment. Furthermore, as well as contributions from people who knew and worked with Anderson, a never-before-seen interview with the man himself will form part of the feature. It’s going to be brought together by taking 30 hours of previously unreleased audio recordings, and using “digital wizardry and artificial intelligence” to produce the interview itself.

The plan is to start shooting the film, under the eye of producer/director Benjamin Field, this coming summer. Then, to release the movie in 2022, the year that marks ten years since Anderson passed.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more about the movie.

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