THOR: RAGNAROK Star Cate Blanchett To Team With Ben Stiller For Reboot Of '60s Sci-Fi Series THE CHAMPIONS

THOR: RAGNAROK Star Cate Blanchett To Team With Ben Stiller For Reboot Of '60s Sci-Fi Series THE CHAMPIONS

Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok) and Ben Stiller (Mystery Men) are set to star in a big-screen reboot of cult British '60s TV series The Champions, with the latter also on board as director.

By MarkCassidy - Nov 12, 2021 09:11 AM EST
Filed Under: Sci-Fi
Source: Deadline

Ben Stiller (Mystery Men, Meet The Parents) is set to direct and star in a feature adaptation of British sci-fi/superhero series The Champions alongside Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok, Nightmare Alley).

The show only ran for 30 episodes back in the late '60s, but has since gained something of a cult following. The premise focused on three UN agents who are rescued by a secret, technologically advanced civilization after crash-landing in the Himalayas. The protagonists are then bestowed with superhuman abilities and returned to the world at large to serve as champions of justice.

“Champions is a long forgotten gem that will excite a new generation in the same strange and magnificent way that the original series spoke to us. I’ve long wanted to work with Ben – the director and the actor. He is one of the most engaged and versatile directors working today. Anyone who can make both Zoolander and Escape at Dannemora is a creative force to be reckoned with,” said Blanchett on behalf of Dirty Films.

“I’m a huge fan of Cate’s for a very long time. I’m hoping this project will help people to finally take her seriously as an actress,” joked Stiller.

No word on the roles Stiller and Blanchett will take on, but we assume it'll be two of the three agents.

The project is being produced by ITV Studios America and New Republic Pictures along with Blanchett’s production company, Dirty Films. No production date has been set.

Stiller is known for starring in some of the most successful comedies of all time, but he's also directed the likes of Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and more. We're not sure if this take on The Champions will be more comedic in nature than the original, but it's probably a pretty safe bet.

What do you guys make of this news? Any fans of The Champions out there? Drop us a comment down below.

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Chewtoy
Chewtoy - 11/12/2021, 9:17 AM
I wonder if there will be a fight with Disney over the title, seeing as they’re both about superheroes.
RobinNumbah6
RobinNumbah6 - 11/12/2021, 9:43 AM
Hadn't heard of the show, but reading the synopsis, I may have a weekend show to binge!
The1st
The1st - 11/12/2021, 11:18 AM
Take her seriously...what is he talking about...?








Maybe he means someone else...?
SpiderBloke2099
SpiderBloke2099 - 11/12/2021, 2:24 PM
BBC 2 re-ran this back in the 1990s when the sci-fi boom was starting off, y'know X-Files, TNG, DS9, seaQuest, Babylon 5 and so on. I actually quite liked it, but I think they only ran a season or two. They re-ran a bunch of shows in the 6pm slot including Buck Rogers and TOS when the bastards at Sky snapped up first-run rights to TNG from season 4 on and to DS9...
ZomZom
ZomZom - 11/12/2021, 4:27 PM
Remember being totally enthralled by this as a little kid in the mid 70s. It’s 1960s high camp spy romp with super powers. It’s like Fantastic 4 fused with Dr No. could be a brilliant, modern take with an intelligent script and incredible action. Or could be hollow farce with a few big names but outdated jokes. Ben Stiller at the helm so ……
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