Paramount to bring back “The Saint”

the-saint-roger-moore-186478TV has lately been looking to feature films for their content. In addition to what Marvel has been bringing to various television formats that have been spawned from their movie franchise, TV shows such as Frequency, as well as the recently cancelled Minority Report and Limitless, have recently been drawing upon big feature film successes to draw in their viewing audience. But with all things we are once again seeing something of a reversal.

Deadline reports that Paramount is working on a reboot of The Saint, last seen on the big screen when onetime Batman Val Kilmer made a film version in 1997.

Prior to that, there had been a number of films starring George Sanders in the 1930s and ’40s, based on the novels by Leslie Charteris. The TV iteration, which ran from 1962 until 1969, brought a pre-James Bond Roger Moore to the world of espionage.

The books (and films and TV series) center on Simon Templar, who steals from corrupt politicians, criminals, and warmongers, always leaving behind a calling card of a stick figure with a halo.

The idea, it seems, is to turn The Saint into an action franchise, which the original report says could be retooled to be informed by current fears about terrorism, state surveillance, data security, and the like. Whether they would try to adapt specific books with an updated bent or just interpret the characters into original stories is not yet clear.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brad Krevoy and Robert Evans will produce for Paramount. di Bonaventura produced G. I. JoeTransformersRed, and Jack Ryan. Evans has worked with Paramount for decades, producing films like Rosemary’s BabyThe Marathon Man, and the Val Kilmer version of The Saint. His autobiography, The Kid Stays in the Picture, was itself adapted into a successful film.

There have been numerous attempts to revive The Saint, so is this a good idea to try to bring back a franchise that has continually failed? What tone should this series take, and is it possible to keep the true spirit of The Saint and keep it relevant for today’s society and moving going audience?
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