Sunday, 24 July 2016

New Saint film in the works

News arrives via Deadline that Paramount Pictures have bought the rights to Leslie Charteris for a potential new Saint film.

Charteris' books, which were published between 1928 and 1963 – other books, both with and without the author's input, arrived in the 1980s and 1990s – focus on Simon Templar, a quick-witted, offbeat hero who goes after corrupt politicians, drug runners and the like, using cunning disguises and his natural charm. The concept has spawned several radio dramas, comic strips and the 1960s TV version, which starred Roger Moore in his pre-Bond days as Templar. The 1997 Val Kilmer film did decent business but wasn't given the warmest critical reaction and failed to spur other films.

Paramount Pictures are looking to gather the likes of Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers), Robert Evans (The Saint) and more as producers to shepherd this one, but it is still clearly early days.

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