Firestorm Live And Kick­ing

Kick­s­tarter funds new Gerry An­der­son min­isode

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Un­less you’re an An­der­son com­pletist you may not have heard of Firestorm, let alone seen the 2003 an­ime. Jamie An­der­son hopes to change that by res­ur­rect­ing his fa­ther’s orig­i­nal con­cept. “When Firestorm was bought by the Ja­panese pro­duc­tion company it changed a lot, and I think it lost a bit of heart and the philo­soph­i­cal side,” An­der­son ex­plains. “By go­ing back to the orig­i­nal doc­u­ments it’s got the fun of Thun­der­birds and the slightly darker side of Cap­tain Scar­let. So there’s depth to it now.”

After strug­gling to fund the show through tra­di­tional chan­nels, Jamie turned to Kick­s­tarter. “We had a lot of en­thu­si­asm, but also a lot of hes­i­ta­tion. Hav­ing al­ready funded Gemini Force One through Kick­s­tarter, and see­ing a ma­jor pub­lisher go ‘ hang on, there is support for this’ I see it as a re­ally good way to mar­ket.”

Firestorm is set in 2202, where a new ter­ror­ist threat has emerged lead­ing to the for­ma­tion of Storm Force. “Sam Scott is the slightly ram­bunc­tious hero who will at­tempt to fix things be­fore think­ing about the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of his ac­tions,” says An­der­son. “He’s off­set by Nag­isa, a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Ja­panese- Amer­i­can girl, fiercely in­tel­li­gent, ex­tremely brave, very sen­si­ble and the per­fect coun­ter­part to Sam. In the pi­lot we’ll get a feel for how they work as a team.”

The pi­lot will be cre­ated by a crew of An­der­son vet­er­ans us­ing Ul­tra­mar­i­on­a­tion – an evo­lu­tion of Gerry An­der­son’s fa­bled Su­per­mar­i­on­a­tion tech­nique. At the time of writ­ing a 5- 8 minute min­isode has been funded, but Jamie An­der­son’s ul­ti­mate goal is to open the doors to a full se­ries.

“The pi­lot will showcase what it’s all about. We’ll be able to show the char­ac­ters mov­ing, the ef­fects, the sets and in­tro­duce the morally du­bi­ous side to the story. I’m hope­ful some­one like Net­flix might get sight of it and go, ‘ this is per­fect for us’ when they see how great it can look.”

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