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The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 11/12/2007 1:08:43 PM   
Timon


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A posting on the official site of Leslie Charteris (www.saint.org), the late Chinese-English crime novelist who created and penned over a hundred adventures in book and TV form for her gentleman thief character The Saint, reports that a new incarnation is on the way.

The posting says "we can confirm that pre-production has started on a two-hour pilot film for a new series of The Saint. It will star James Purefoy as the Saint and will shoot in Berlin and Australia in April next year. Film will be produced by William J. Macdonald, Geoffrey Moore and Jorge Zamacona."

Numerous films throughout the 30's and 40's were produced with the character, George Sanders taking on the role regularly at that time. Yet the most famous incarnation was the long running 60's TV series with Roger Moore who of course went on to become James Bond. The most recent incarnation of the character was Philip Noyce's 1997 film thriller "The Saint" with Val Kilmer in the title role....which was rubbish



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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 11/12/2007 1:38:26 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

The most recent incarnation of the character was Philip Noyce's 1997 film thriller "The Saint" with Val Kilmer in the title role....which was rubbish


Grouch. I liked it

And this new series with Purefoy sounds promising, if not a little unusual in a casting decision.

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 11/12/2007 3:37:44 PM   
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Yea, there's nothing wrong with it

I've never realised how camp The Saint symbol is before now.



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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 11/12/2007 5:56:13 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon



A posting on the official site of Leslie Charteris (www.saint.org), the late Chinese-English crime novelist who created and penned over a hundred adventures in book and TV form for her gentleman thief character The Saint, reports that a new incarnation is on the way.

The posting says "we can confirm that pre-production has started on a two-hour pilot film for a new series of The Saint. It will star James Purefoy as the Saint and will shoot in Berlin and Australia in April next year. Film will be produced by William J. Macdonald, Geoffrey Moore and Jorge Zamacona."

Numerous films throughout the 30's and 40's were produced with the character, George Sanders taking on the role regularly at that time. Yet the most famous incarnation was the long running 60's TV series with Roger Moore who of course went on to become James Bond. The most recent incarnation of the character was Philip Noyce's 1997 film thriller "The Saint" with Val Kilmer in the title role....which was rubbish




There was also The Return of The Saint from the '70's starring Ian Ogilvy. One of the most catchy theme tunes ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK1dtGfMGBo&feature=related

Warning: You will be humming it all day!

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 11/3/2008 12:38:01 PM   
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The Hollywood Reporter has only just started reporting on it. They're slow...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i9b4549028bac41baf73d6cad768a0068

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 11/3/2008 12:59:56 PM   
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Sounds interesting and I do like looking at James Purefoy, though I have always wondered what would have happened if Ralph Fiennes had accepted the role instead of Val Kilmer for the 1997 film (his career would probably have imploded what with that and the disaster of The Avengers, which I LIKE DAMN IT!) err anyway hopefully this new venture will not suck.  

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 13/3/2008 10:37:05 AM   
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So glad to hear this - i cannot wait for this...i love me some James Purefoy

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 14/3/2008 6:34:29 PM   
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Should be good!

Both Roger Moore and Ian Ogilvy episodes are been rerun on ITV4 and Men and Motors at the mo, forgot how good they were, hopefully this new pilot will live up to them!

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 16/1/2009 4:21:14 PM   
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Apparantly it's not going ahead anymore! From thesaint.org
 
Here's some truly disappointing news to start off the week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Barry Levinson-directed revival of The Saint, which was set to star the perfectly-cast James Purefoy as Simon Templar, "didn't go forward." Apparently Purefoy is instead opting to star in a different show with a very similar premise, The Philanthropist. (It really could have been an ITC title in the late Sixties; I'm surprised they didn't think of it!) Says the trade, "Philanthropist centers on a renegade billionaire (Purefoy) who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need no matter the risks or costs." That's pretty much what Simon Templar does, the only real difference being that his wealth is ill-gained. The Reporter ends its report on The Philanthropist with this brief statement on The Saint: "Earlier this year, CAA-repped Purefoy was attached to The Saint, an independently produced two-hour backdoor pilot with Levinson on board to direct, but the project didn't go forward."

"Didn't go forward?" So what does that mean? Is the project dead? Will it still go forward in the future, but with another star? All LeslieCharteris.com (the premier site for Saintly information) can add at this point is that shooting on the pilot has been delayed until "at least August" because of a possible actors' strike. (Such a strike seems very unlikely at this point.)

Muddying the waters further is how incestuous this whole Saint/Purefoy/Philanthropist triangle really is. The original producers on The Philanthropist were Levinson and Tom Fontana, both of whom were also on The Saint! They've now been replaced, however, by Battlestar Gallactica and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys producer David Eick. So were Levinson and Fontana really developing such similar projects simultaneously? Or did The Saint somehow morph into The Philanthropist? That seems an unlikely scenario, given that the trade states The Philanthropist got a 13-episode order from NBC nearly a year ago. More likely, the shows aren't really as similar as they sound in loglines.

Whatever the tangled web behind the scenes, this story saddens me. As I was just saying earlier this month, I was really looking forward to this newest incarnation of The Saint--and primarily because of Purefoy's involvement. I hope that the matter is not yet said and done, and that we still might somehow see a James Purefoy Saint series sooner or later.


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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 17/1/2009 6:15:07 PM   
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See what you can find if you search! As a huge Saint fan I wouldn't mind Simon Templar to return - and certainly not in a new film. Even though I very much doubt something can beat the original television series with Roger Moore, a new fellow is most welcome to put on the suit (or should I say the halo). Haven't heard of James Purefoy before, but he seems to be able to do a good job - if the project wasn't canceled that is. This was terrible news, but who knows - we can only hope it's not the end of the project. Let's do as my signature says an "watch out the for sign..."

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 18/1/2009 12:23:59 AM   
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Perhaps he didn't want to be associated with something Val Kilmer did between Top Gun and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and can you blame him?



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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 26/6/2011 12:32:08 PM   
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BUMP - the Saint is definitely back folks.  James Purefoy is attached to star; it's currently filming in New Orleans. 

Below are some links to info:

A statement from James from Simon Templar tv



An article from the Saint Blog which i believe is the Saints official site:


http://blog.saint.org/2011/04/james-purefoy-as-simon-templar-alias.html



James Purefoy as Simon Templar alias The Saint Monday, April 25, 2011 James Purefoy as Simon Templar alias The Saint As first reported here in December of 2007, James Purefoy is finally at last all set to play the new Simon Templar in the forthcoming TV series of The Saint. We may have jumped the gun a bit back in 2007, but we weren't wrong -- just early!

James Purefoy has written an introduction to Ian Dickerson's The Saint on TV, in which he talks about his forthcoming role as Simon Templar. Shooting is reported to be slated to start in July 2011 in New Orleans.


The newest version of The Saint is being produced by Cajun Pictures who've acquired a pilot script written by William J. MacDonald and Burl Barer.





Roger Moore's son (Geoffrey Moore) is producing this as well: 

http://roger-moore.com/the-saint-tv-series-produced-e-g-by-geoffrey-moore/
 


SCROLL DOWN PAGE FOR ARTICLE.




Lastly a link from IMDB board (not the most reliable of sources but the thread has info on who is producing etc).


http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0700856/board/nest/182224357?p=1




If the pilot film is a success then it should go onto a full series.  I don't know which studio will be airing the series.

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 26/6/2011 5:07:33 PM   
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Apparantly it's not going ahead anymore! From thesaint.org
 
Here's some truly disappointing news to start off the week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Barry Levinson-directed revival of The Saint, which was set to star the perfectly-cast James Purefoy as Simon Templar, "didn't go forward." Apparently Purefoy is instead opting to star in a different show with a very similar premise, The Philanthropist.


Ah The Philantropist, I thought that was actually a really good series.

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 19/1/2012 3:30:52 PM   
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So was the new series ever shot? Is it going ahead?

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 20/1/2012 10:32:26 AM   
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Purefoy is definitely out, and it looks like the project is dead.

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 18/1/2013 11:59:02 AM   
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http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=97931

Awww. It's going all American. HOWEVER Sir Roger may be cameoing!

http://blog.saint.org/

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 18/1/2013 6:18:15 PM   
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Thanks for the update Timon...so sad the james purefoy didn't do it. I may watch this...

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The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 3/4/2013 1:40:08 PM   
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I'll be honest, it looks quite fun - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhEI_jDRZw8

But you know the Roger Moore cameo will be the best thing about it.

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 6/6/2013 3:23:09 PM   
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Looks good to me.

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RE: The Saint - Simon Templar Returns! - 6/6/2013 6:36:37 PM   
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It looks like it may have that tongue in cheek Hawaii Five-O quality to it. I will certainly be giving it a try.

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