A series of 1920s classic novels by Leslie Charteris gave way to a much loved 60s TV show starring a pre-James Bond Roger Moore in the title role. Since then there have been numerous re-boots, TV adaptions, remakes and even a movie. However none have really managed to capture an audience as the makers hoped.
These mixed results haven’t stopped several more attempts over the years which have come to nothing. Now The Saint, globetrotting thief for hire, with a heart of gold like a modern day Robin Hood, is set to make another comeback.
Who will be bringing this incarnation of Simon Templar to the big screen? Hollywood’s go to safe pair of hands Dexter Fletcher.
The success of his Elton John biopic Rocketman has led Paramount to call on Fletcher to guide this to success. Fletcher was also famously the saving director after Bryan Singer got himself fired from Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody.
Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the script, and Paramount standard producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) fulfills that role again alongside Brad Krevoy and the late Robert Evans, posthumously.
That adaptation will focus on R.M. Renfield, an inmate at a lunatic asylum who was thought to be suffering from delusions, but is actually a servant of Dracula.