Saint, The: Paramount’s Reboot of Adventure Thriller to Star

Playwright-turned-scribe Kwame Kwei-Armah is writing the film.

 

Regé-Jean Page, the breakout actor from Neflix’s Brigerton, will star in and executive produce Paramount’s reboot of The Saint

Playwright-turned-scribe Kwame Kwei-Armah will write a new draft of the script for the adventure thriller.

This is Page’s second project with Paramount after the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons.

Producing The Saint are Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Brad Krevoy, as well as Robert Evans, who died in 2019 and will receive posthumous credit.

The moves put new energy behind the long-gestating project, which as late as last year had Chris Pine attached and Dexter Fletcher directing. That iteration of the project is now shelved although Fletcher’s involvement remains unclear.

The well-regarded director is currently directing the making-of The Godfather series The Offer for Paramount+, but his final involvement with The Saint remains unclear.

The Saint 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. The character proved quite popular, appearing in comics, serials, and of course, movies and television.

Roger Moore famously starred in the 1960s British TV series of the same name before he assumed the role of James Bond.

Val Kilmer starred in Paramount’s 1997 film The Saint as a master of disguise. The logline for the new version is being kept under wraps.

Kwei-Armah co-wrote 892, an indie drama now shooting with John Boyega in the lead. He is also writing the Spike Lee musical All Rise. As a playwright, he won the Peggy Ramsey award and is currently serving as the artistic director for The Young Vic in London.

Page’s work as heartthrob Simon Basset made him one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors.

Fans were disappointed when it was announced that he would not be returning for the Netflix period drama’s second season.

Since his ascension to the top of Hollywood ranks, he lined up roles in the Russo Brothers’ The Gray Man, with Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling, as well as Paramount’s Dungeons & Dragons movie.

Saint, which would reteam him with Paramount, would be his first time headlining a studio feature.