Jun 17, 2016 04:46 PM EST

Paramount Finds New Life for The Saint

Paramount Finds New Life for The Saint
Paramount Pictures has just acquired the rights to The Saint, the espionage thriller that was originally a series of books that ran from 1928 to 1963. The Leslie Charteris story focuses on Simon Templar, a man who uses his intellect and quick wit to take down corrupt politicians, war profiteers and drug runners, among others.  

The deal will most likely create a franchise and not a stand-alone film, like before.  

The books inspired a TV series titles, of course, The Saint, and ran from 1962-1969. The last incarnation of The Saint was done in 1997 and starred Val Kilmer at Templar.  
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