Following on from its predecessors, Supermarionation, Supermacromation and Hypermarionation, Firestorm will be filmed in Ultramarionation – that is using miniatures, practical effects and string-less puppets.
As described on the Firestorm Kickstarter page.
- By the end of the 22nd century mankind has pulled itself up by its bootstraps. The wars and political disputes that were so common throughout the 21st century are long behind us, and man has finally taken responsibility for his own actions. The Earth in 2200 is very different from the one we worried about in 2014 - environmental, social and humanitarian crises are a thing of the past, and things have been that way for nearly 50 years. But in 2202 a new threat emerges.
- Terrorist activity surfaces on several continents. At first the world governments deal with them quietly, without any real public awareness but the activity becomes better and better co-ordinated and more widespread. Soon the Continental senates decide to take action, and they invest vast amounts of resources into forming Storm Force - an organisation designed specifically to investigate and neutralise this new threat.
- Supplied with the most advanced technology available Storm Force begin operation Firestorm to bring down the terrorist group known as Black Orchid. But as the 9th division of Storm Force (SF9) begin to make progress, they discover that Black Orchid is only a very small part of the picture, and that they themselves have had to make an impossible choice…
Firestorm was originally developed by Gerry Anderson in 2001 with his then business partner John Needham. The concept was purchased by the Japanese production company Enoki Films produced as an anime. The production met met with many roadblocks, including an unwillingness from the production company to listen to Gerry Anderson’s input and budget issues which resulted in the series being made in an odd combination of CGI and cel animation.
The series failed and is generally met with derision from anime and Anderson fans alike.
On July 25 2014, Gerry’s son Jamie uploaded an image to the Official Gerry Anderson Facebook page, depicting the Storm Force 9 emblem with the tagline “No. Strings. Attached.” From the 18th to the 21st July further images were uploaded to the social media site of monchome, obscured images of craft and from the show. Each carried a label reading: “SYSTEM ERROR: PROCESSING UNIT COULD ONLY RENDER PART OF THE INCOMING IMAGE. 30092014”
On the 21st, the project was announced accompanied by an image of the character Sam Scott and a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign (given Anderson Entertainment’s previous kickstarter success with Gemini Force One) was announced to start on September 30th. The campaign was a runaway success and met its minimum target of £49, 280 within just four days.
Funding was completed on November 2nd 2014 with a total of £88, 931 being raised, 180% of its original goal and reaching four of its six stretch goals.