By Travis Martin
Paramount is bringing back yet another franchise. This time, it is the British television series turned American movie known as “The Saint.“ The hope for Paramount is that “The Saint” can become a new action franchise for the company. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brad Krevoy, and Robert Evans will be producing the film.
Originally based off of a series of books from 1928 to 1963 by Leslie Charteris, “The Saint” follows a Robin Hood-like man named Simon Templar, who uses his skills and wittiness to battle criminals, corrupt politicians, war profiteers, and other like-minded individuals. A television series made from this character ran from 1962-1969 in the UK, and starred Roger Moore as Templar. Another adaption was made in 1997 that starred Val Kilmer as Templar. However, that film received mix to negative reviews.
Supposedly this reboot will be based in the modern age and have Templar face terrorism and corporate greed. Di Bonaventura is best known for producing the Michael Bay-directed “Transformers” films, while Krevoy is best known for producing “Dumb and Dumber” and its sequel, “Dumb and Dumber To.“ Meanwhile, Evans is known to have produced “The Godfather,“ “Chinatown,“ and the 1997 version of “The Saint.” Currently, there is no casting or production date announced for “The Saint” reboot.