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The Saint Will Return. Again.
Travis Wright is on script duty

25 January 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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The Saint Will Return. Again.

The last time Simon Templar – AKA The Saint – was seen on cinema screens, the avenging angel was played by Val Kilmer and didn’t exactly spawn a franchise (despite doing decent, if unspectacular business at the box office). Now someone has decided they want to try to bring him back, with RKO Pictures hiring Eagle Eye writer Travis Wright to begin crafting a script.

For those who never saw the Kilmer film or the Roger Moore-starring ‘60s TV series, Templar is a sort of charming Robin Hood type, a man who uses unorthodox (and skirting the edge of illegal) methods to take down corrupt politicians, businessmen and other wrong ‘uns. The character originated in writer Leslie Charteris’ book series, which kicked off in 1928 with Enter The Tiger.

RKO owns the rights to several of the original Saint films – The Saint In New York arrived in 1938, which led to more than one follow-up. There was also another TV version, Return Of The Saint, which flared briefly in 1978.

Now the company is hoping that a trilogy might result from putting the hero back in action, albeit with a new face and a new writer pounding the keys. He’ll have to compete in an even more crowded marketplace these days, what with your Ethan Hunts and Jason Bournes around. And the new movie will need an actor. Kilmer, put your hand down!


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Ethan Hunt is from the fake Mission: Impossible
How dare James White bring up Ethan Hunt from the fake Mission: Impossible. The Fountain. More

Posted by matsee at 06:35 on 19 September 2012 | Report This Post

mclane1 is dead on the money
Fassbender is a great choice. Templer shouldn't be like either Bond or Bourne. He isn't a killer or have an allegiance to any flag. Handy with his fists and a champion of the underdog (be that a fit bird so much the better). And none of this backstory malarkey - the Saint is meant to be a man of mystery. He does what he does and he is what he is. More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 00:39 on 31 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Does anyone remember.....
anyone but tom hardy i say james purefoy i wanted him as bond but the saint will do More

Posted by Frank Castle at 22:48 on 30 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Does anyone remember.....
L: devildog ...another series of the Saint done in the 90's? Obviously bombed as noone ever mentions it in the same vein as Moore or Ogilvy. ccording to Wikipedia it was half a dozen Australian TV movies starting in 1989, with Simon Dutton as The Saint. I'd never heard of it before! More

Posted by Osric at 20:13 on 29 January 2012 | Report This Post

Saint has to return
Leonardo or Brad pitt can reprise the role of Saint. Period More

Posted by ganeshkrishna at 22:41 on 28 January 2012 | Report This Post

fassbender will be great
Hes an excellent choice and the saint is more smooth than gritty so wont be like bourne at all hopefully, more james bond with a touch of thomas crown :) More

Posted by mclane1 at 17:32 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

Franchise
Looking forward to umpteen sequels, with different actors. A bit like another franchise I could mention. Not that unconnected either. More

Posted by stephen_se9 at 13:53 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

Franchise
Looking forward to umpteen sequels, with different actors. A bit like another franchise I could mention. Not that unconnected either. More

Posted by stephen_se9 at 13:34 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Keep to the source
I quite liked the Val Kilmer film too, but agree that the role has to be played by a Brit to give this some credibility.  Was thinking Tom Hardy too. More

Posted by waterboy at 13:17 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

He's got to be British!
The Saint is a British franchise therefore the lead actor should be a Brit. Tom Hardy would fill the shoes of Simon Templar quite well! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 11:49 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

I loved the old 70s show with Ian Ogilvy.They almost brought The Saint back with Barry Levinson directing.James Purefoy almost starred. It was almost Dougray Scott once also. He would still be good. So would James MacAvoy, Fassbender or McGregor. More

Posted by JimmyThe Saint at 10:24 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

Does anyone remember.....
...another series of the Saint done in the 90's? Obviously bombed as noone ever mentions it in the same vein as Moore or Ogilvy. More

Posted by devildog at 10:15 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

Bradley Cooper?
I reckon he's got the right attributes, though it will kill his career if it flops More

Posted by dunnlop at 10:10 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

Bradley Cooper?
I reckon he's got the right attributes, though it will kill his career if it flops More

Posted by dunnlop at 10:09 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

Bradley Cooper?
I reckon he's got the right attributes, though it will kill his career if it flops More

Posted by dunnlop at 10:09 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

Keep to the source
I think I'm one of the few that enjoyed the val kilmer one, obviously a bit of a guilty pleasure (his disguises are almost as bad as Bruce Willis in The Jackal, i.e. a dodgy wig and tache combo). I think it needs to keep it's distance from the Bournes, Bond and Hunts to succeed or it will flop. More

Posted by Mr Grizzly at 09:45 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

Val Kilmer in a Volvo
With those ingredients it's hard to believe that the first film failed. More

Posted by Blyman at 09:38 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

ok but no vk
the last time the saint returned it was boring and one of val kilmers worst films ever not even worth watching a shame really after the fine job moore had done before in truth a part of me hopes that this version either takes its time to get a good cast /plot sorted before it starts shooting unlike the a team or just doesnt bother More

Posted by chrisharvey1551 at 01:31 on 26 January 2012 | Report This Post

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