Saint, The: Dexter (Rocketman) Fletcher to Direct Reboot

After the success of its Elton John biopic Rocketman, Paramount has set filmmaker Dexter Fletcher to direct another high-profile project for the studio.

Fletcher will helm The Saint, a reboot of its 1997 action thriller that starred Val Kilmer.

The globe-trotting adventure is based on the 1920s novel series written by Leslie Charteris.

Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the script for “The Saint,” while Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (“Transformers,” “G.I. Joe) is producing along with Brad Krevoy and the late Robert Evans, posthumously.

The movie follows Simon Templar (a.k.a. The Saint), a Robin Hood-type of criminal and thief for hire. The book character also inspired a 1960’s TV show.

While the 1990s film adaptation didn’t kickstart a franchise, the studio sees renewed potential for a long-running movie series.

Fletcher recently signed on to direct Universal’s monster movie, Renfield, an adaptation that 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.

Prior to Rocketman, Fletcher took over the production of Bohemian Rhapsody, Fox’s Queen biopic, after director Bryan Singer was fired.