‘The Saint’ Gets a Reboot at Paramount

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Paramount is developing a new The Saint movie with plans to launch another franchise for the studio.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the studio has acquired the rights to Leslie Charteris‘ long-running book series and is closing producing deals with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brad Krevoy and Robert Evans.

“The Saint” was a James Bond-styled series that featured a smart, quick-witted man Simon Templar as the resident do-gooder. Instead of a spy, however, he was technically an outlaw, but a heroic one who targets bad people – corrupt politicians, war profiteers, drug runners, and so on.

Running from 1962 to 1969, the best known adaptation remains the TV series, which starred Roger Moore in the title role. It even spawned a not-so-good The Saint movie, the 1997 thriller directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Val Kilmer in the title role.

I don’t how to feel about this. I’m afraid that audiences don’t care about The Saint anymore.