Those small-screen gladiators are heading to the big screen and now they have a writer. According to Variety, Peter Illif (Point Break) has come aboard to write the American Gladiators film.

The film will be a unique take on the original TV series, that will feature these gladiators as modern-day superheroes. The original American Gladiators TV series debuted in 1988, with a short-lived NBC reboot airing in 2008.

It was said the film is being targeted for a 2011 release.