The Saint Returns to Paramount
Deadline has broken the news that The Saint is rising again at Paramount. Anita Busch reports that Paramount has secured the rights to the Saint books by Leslie Charteris, and are working on the final details for the production.
The most likely producers seem to be a high-powered collection of Hollywood talent, including Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brad Krevoy and Robert Evans.
The first Paramount film, starring The Saint was a good action romance that stood on its own. The issue for fans of The Saint was that the real Saint that we all know and love, didn't show up until the last few minutes. Such is the problem with origin films, and why franchises like Star Wars started with Episode IV.
Now that The Saint's origin is out of the way, the hopes are that this will be another great franchise with Simon Templar being The Saint from the very first second!
Simon Templar will be back in force, and at just the time when we most need a Saint.