‘The Champions’ Coming from McQuarrie & del Toro
Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) remains one very busy screenwriter with his work on Valkyrie about to be finally seen on December 31. Up next will be two new films which he will both write and produce according to IESB, The Monster of Florence and The Champions. The latter is a feature film based on the short-lived BBC series that he is co-writing with Guillermo del Toro who has been most vocal in his passion for the show which ComicMix also recalls most fondly.
The series lasted all of one season, 1968-1969, and was syndicated in America a few years later. It featured “the adventures of a team of secret government agents who are rescued from a Himalayan plane crash by an advanced civilization and given superhuman abilities.”
United Artists President of Production, Don Granger, told the site, "The Champions is not just a strong concept with serious franchise potential, we believe that with Chris and Guillermo’s combined creative vision it can be an incredibly original film."
"Champions is a great premise with fascinating potential,” McQuarrie added. “I wanted to be involved from the moment Guillermo and I first discussed it."