The Saint is getting yet another feature film film reboot thanks to Paramount, who are said to be developing a new movie and franchise according to a report from Deadline.
They only mention the producing team, no word on writers or a potential director/star.
Based on the Leslie Charteris’ book series, which follow the debonair Simon Templar character first introduced in the 1928 novel “Meet the Tiger,” followed by “Enter the Saint” in 1930. Templar stole from corrupt politicians and warmongers, leaving a calling card of a stick figure with a halo.
The popular novels were eventually turned into films in the late 1930s and early 1940s with actor George Sanders, who starred in half a dozen films as the hero. In the 1960s it was also given a British TV series run starring future Bond actor Roger Moore.
Val Kilmer took the mantle in the iffy received movie from the 1990’s directed by Philip Noyce, the movie was of course an attempt to ride-the-coattails of the success of Mission: Impossible. It didn’t make a huge impact, although, the 90’s update of the theme song was catchy.
Warner Bros. had dipped their toes into rebooting a 1960’s espionage series recently with Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but didn’t make a huge impact with audiences.
Ridley Scott is trying to resurrect The Prisoner with a feature adaptation, another interesting 60’s series with a sci-fi edge that could make for another franchise primer.