Is there a Himalayan air crash in Tom Cruise's future? If rumors about the movie version of The Champions being retooled for the actor are true, then the answer would seem to be yes.

Variety is reporting that The Champions - a movie version of the 1960s TV show about three members of an international taskforce given superpowers by a hidden advanced civilization after a plane crash in the Himalayas, produced by Hellboy's Guillermo del Toro - is just one of three projects being reworked by writer Chris McQuarrie for Cruise in the wake of their partnership on "good Nazi, no really" movie Valkyrie.

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Don't expect to see it in theaters anytime soon, however; while studio United Artists thinks that The Champions could be Cruise's first franchise opportunity since Mission: Impossible, McQuarrie and Cruise will first collaborate on a remake of French thriller Anthony Zimmer before they can think about boarding any disaster-bound jets.

'Valkyrie' writer, Tom Cruise re-team [Variety]

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