‘The Saint’ Movie Reboot in the Works at Paramount

The Saint Roger Moore
Courtesy of ITV

Paramount is developing a movie reboot of “The Saint,” two decades after Val Kilmer’s thriller and 50 years after Roger Moore’s TV series.

The studio has secured a deal for book series rights and is closing producing deals with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brad Krevoy and Robert Evans with the goal of starting an action franchise.

“The Saint” is based on 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.

George Sanders starred in half a dozen films as “The Saint” in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Prior to his days portraying James Bond, Moore starred in a popular long-running British TV series during the 1960s.

The 1997 movie starred Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue, and was directed by Phillip Noyce from a script by Jonathan Hensleigh and Wesley Strick. The film, which explored the title character dealing with the underworld of international industrial theft, was produced by Evans, David Brown, William MacDonald and Mace Neufeld.

Paramount-based di Bonaventura Pictures has produced the “Transformers,” “G.I. Joe” and “Red” franchises, along with “Salt,” “Side Effects,” “Shooter,” “Jack Ryan” and “The Devil Inside.”

Evans is best known for heading Paramount production from 1967 to 1974, overseeing “The Godfather,” “Love Story” and “Rosemary’s Baby” before becoming a producer. “Chinatown,” which he produced, was nominated for a best picture Oscar.

Evans has a first-look deal at Paramount. In addition to “The Saint,” his credits include “Marathon Man,” “Urban Cowboy,” “Sliver,” “The Cotton Club” and “How the Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”

The news about “The Saint” was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. philip lawson says:

    I hope that a new saint franchise means going back to the root saint novels and do them justice, this time around, by keeping them in period. Templar is NOT a mission impossible character !!! Let’s see him driving his Furilac and Hirondelle cars and keep Pat Holm a tall willowy blonde like she should be !

  2. harry georgatos says:

    If properly developed then the generic and formulaic script of the Val Kilmer version this will start off a franchise similar to Mission:Impossible. Nothing can be as bad as The Avengers which was a badly mangled piece of film-making! A name director and proven writers with an original story that has nuance to the central character with thrilling set-pieces. Writer Paul Haggis comes to mind who penned the greatest Bond film in Casino Royale with David Fincher directing. Also 60’s tv shows such as the THE PERSUADERS and THE CHAMPIONS should be brought to big screen! Ridley Scott has been attached to THE PRISONER for the big screen which is a good sign.

  3. therealeverton says:

    So not a “reboot”, a new adaptation of the books right?
    Just actually do that this time and with a bit of luck you’ll have good films people will want to see.

  4. Cass says:

    Is Paramount determined to go bankrupt or something?

  5. EricJ says:

    Yeah, how about one that actually HAS to do with the Saint this time, rather than a generic script that changed its name and borrowed a recognizable property after the popularity of the first Mission Impossible movie?

  6. Patricia Rich says:

    How about Sam Heughan for this part hes really interested in playing this type of character

  7. John Shutt says:

    Audiences dont care about the Saint anymore.

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