Guillermo del Toro will write, direct and produce the sci-fi action film Champions for United Artists. Variety reports that Champions, based on the 1968-69 TV series from Britan will follow the adventures of a team of secret government agents who are rescued from a plane crash by an advanced civilization and given superhuman abilities.

The original series was created by Monty Berman and Dennis Spooner, and starred Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo and William Gaunt and mixed adventure, humor and glamour into its plotlines.

The show was produced by ITC, which also spawned the classic series The Saint.

Champions marks a departure for del Toro, whose credits include the comic adaptations Hellboy and Blade 2, and the fantastical Pan's Labyrinth.