Director Guillermo del Toro has alternated fanboy movies (the Hellboy flicks, Blade II, Mimic) with adult-level dramatic spookers (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Chronos). But it appears that his next film, a sci-fi thriller called Champions, which he’ll direct, write and produce for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner‘s United Artists, is a departure. The material is based on a late ’60s British TV series about government agents “who are rescued from a plane crash by an advanced civilization and given superhuman abilities,” according to an 11.7 Variety story by Tatiana Siegel.