Guillermo Del Toro to Adapt British TV Series The Champions

He may currently be in the middle of filming Hellboy 2 (which I am definitely looking forward to), but director Guillermo Del Toro already has a handful of other projects lined up and ready to follow immediately after. Hey, why not add another one to the list? Del Toro has just signed on to direct Champions, a feature film based on the 60’s British TV series of the same name. The show follows three secret agents from an organization called Nemesis who crash their plane in the Himalayas, only to be rescued by members of a lost civilization who grant them superhuman abilities like telepathy and super strength.

Am I the only one who thinks this sounds fantastic? I can only hope they keep the 60’s sensibility to it, but even if they don’t I think it will be a lot of fun. It will also be a nice change of pace for Del Toro, who hasn’t done much in the way of light-hearted sci-fi/adventure films. The movie is being set up through Tom Cruise’s United Artists studio, with Robert Green executive producing. Check out an episode from the original TV series on YouTube below.

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  • Telepathy and superstrength? Awesome! I’ve not seen that in a million movies and TV shows these past 5 years!

    Sounds like a reach for anything with a name featuring superpowers. I don’t mind Guillermo Del Toro though, so maybe it will be alright, but I definitely can’t relate to your enthusiasm. I wasn’t a fan of Hellboy, I thought it was pretty confusing and had a terrible villain, that I never really understood the motivation for. I hope in the sequel maybe Hellboy will fight better stuff, rather than the same monster 4 times. Ron Perlman did rule as Hellboy.

  • I didn’t get hellboy either…It just wasn’t good. And there was no character development…I guess that could be what people liked, but it just didn’t appeal to me at all.

  • the Champions was my favorite tv show when I was a kid and no one I knew or know now even heard of it. Also the Avengers. It was a favorite in our family and then much later came Kung Fu which we never missed an episode.

  • I LOVED THIS SHOW. USED TO WATCH IT RELIGIOUSLY WITH MY DAD IN BANGKOK, THAILAND. NO ONE HERE IN THE US KNOWS THIS SHOW WHEN I ASK. I, TOO, ALSO LOVED THE AVENGERS & KUNG FU,