Doug Liman has been announced as the director and overseer of the reboot of Paramount Pictures’ “The Saint.” The studio’s imagining of the movie is based on the early 20th century adventure novels by Leslie Charteris that featured a mysterious man named Simon Templar taking down various bad guys. Regé-Jean Page, known for his breakout role in Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” has been tapped to star in and executive produce the film.
The character of Simon Templar, also known as “The Saint,” has a rich history in popular culture. Val Kilmer famously starred in Paramount’s original 1997 film, portraying a master of disguise. The character has appeared in comics, serials, as well as television and previous movie adaptations. Roger Moore notably starred in the 1960s British TV series of the same name.
The involvement of Doug Liman has brought new momentum to the long-gestating project. Previously, Chris Pine was attached to star and Dexter Fletcher was attached to direct, but the project has now been reinvigorated with Liman’s attachment. The logline for the new version remains under wraps, leaving fans eager to see how Liman will approach the beloved character.
Liman is no stranger to high-profile projects, having worked on successful film franchises such as the “Bourne Identity” series. His diverse filmography includes the pandemic-themed heist movie “Lockdown,” as well as action blockbusters like “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” Additionally, Liman is set to direct “The Instigators” for Apple Studios, starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, further showcasing his versatility as a filmmaker.
The producers attached to “The Saint” reboot include Lorenzo DiBonaventura, Brad Krevoy, and the late Robert Evans. The script is being penned by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, known for their work on “Maritanian” and the Amazon series “Informer.” Their most recent project is “Black Adam” for DC, indicating their experience in tackling complex and dynamic characters.
The announcement of the reboot has sparked excitement among fans of the character, eager to see how the classic tale will be reimagined by a new creative team. With a talented director and a rising star like Regé-Jean Page on board, the reboot is poised to bring the beloved character of “The Saint” to a new generation of audiences.
Overall, the reboot of “The Saint” promises to honor the legacy of the character while adding a fresh perspective to the timeless story of a mysterious, anti-hero figure taking on the forces of evil. As development continues and more details emerge, audiences can look forward to an exciting new take on this iconic character.