RKO is Reviving The Saint as a Movie Trilogy

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Val Kilmer in The Saint (1997) Movie ImageRemember 1997’s “The Saint” starring Val Kilmer? No? Well, don’t fret, you’re probably not the only one. Not a whole lot of people remember that movie, mostly because, well, it wasn’t all that memorable, was it? Honestly, I can’t even recall what it was about, though I seem to remember Kilmer wore some goofy “disguises” in the film, and Elisabeth Shue was horribly miscast as some kind of super scientist brain.

In any case, if you’re one of the handful of people who thought the Kilmer version of “The Saint” should have been better, and is hoping someone will finally get it right (or at least give it another go), here’s good news for you: RKO Pictures is developing a new version of the character, and has signed up screenwriter Travis Wright (“Eagle Eye”) to write them a script. The idea is to re-launch the character as a movie franchise, starting with (of course) a trilogy.

(I swear, Hollywood producers go to sleep dreaming of movie trilogies and waking up declaring they’re going to do a trilogy. Then the next day they go to sleep dreaming of a new trilogy, and wake up declaring they’re going to turn THAT into a trilogy.)

But back to Simon Templar…

The Saint, a sort of modern-day Robin Hood, was created by Leslie Charteris and first appeared in the 1928 book “Enter the Tiger.” Known as the Saint because of his initials, Templar’s targets included lowlifes and corrupt politicians; he often left a calling card at his “crimes,” a stick figure of a man with a halo — which served as the logo of the Charteris books, movies, and the 1960s TV series starring Roger Moore.

And did I mention that they tried to make a movie franchise out of him with Val Kilmer back in the ’90s? Cause, you know, they did. Back in 1997.

Here’s proof:

Via : Variety

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  • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

    Oh man, THE SAINT was during that brief moment when “cold fusion” was a big thing in espionage movies. All the sciency types were always working on “cold fusion”. This was around the same time when every other movie warned against the horrors of an EMP.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Boy do i remember that film and the times. It wasn’t hoorible, but it definitely was lacking. I say Clive Owen, Michael Fassbender or Chiwetel Ejiorfor as the Simon Templar.

      • Shazam!

        I actually still pull out the original from time to time – I think for what it is, it’s a great film! Movies like this walk a fine line where they don’t want to get called, “a poor man’s James Bond,” (or Bourne…) and I think the Val Kilmer movie succeeded in that. Granted, it’s knee deep in everything that makes most 90’s movies pretty poor, but still.

        I think Fassbender would knock it out of the park – I also think he would make the perfect Bond. The guy is black hair away from being the character described in the Flemming novels… plus there’s that whole scene in X-Men: First Class at the bank…

      • Anonymous

        Hey, That’s Michael Fassbender for everything!! But short of that, Tom Hiddleston would be a great alternative. But the biggest story in all this for me is: RKO is still in business???

    • Anonymous

      As I recall, it was also inside the window when techno/electronica was the next big thing in music, what with this and “Lost in Space’s” soundtracks both being full of the stuff and Madonna doing her electro album.

    • Anonymous

      As I recall, it was also inside the window when techno/electronica was the next big thing in music, what with this and “Lost in Space’s” soundtracks both being full of the stuff and Madonna doing her electro album.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    WHY