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Chris Pine to Star in ‘The Saint’ Reboot for Paramount (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

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Chris Pine is in negotiations to star in a reboot of “The Saint,” the 1997 motion thriller that starred Val Kilmer.

The film follows Simon Templar, higher often called The Saint, a Robin Hood-esque felony and thief for rent who goes on a globetrotting journey.

Dexter Fletcher (“Rocketman”) will direct the movie and Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the script. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (“Transformers,” “G.I. Joe) is producing together with Brad Krevoy. Robert Evans, who served as a producer on the unique movie and died in 2019, additionally helped produce.

Paramount and Pine have had sturdy ties for a few years. Their relationship goes again to 2009 when the studio employed him to play Captain Kirk within the newest “Star Trek” franchise, launching his profession as a number one man within the course of. Whereas the fourth “Star Trek” movie continues to be being developed, the studio noticed “The Saint” as the proper function for Pine as they await that script to be completed.

With the continued COVID-19 pandemic shutting down nearly all movie and TV tasks, it’s unknown when “The Saint” would go into manufacturing. It appears doubtless that this is able to mark Fletcher’s subsequent movie with Pine’s dedication. The director had been creating a number of movies since ending “Rocketman,” together with the Dracula pic “Renfield” at Common, however this appears to be in first place now that Pine is connected.

“The Saint” relies on a 1920s guide collection of the identical identify by Leslie Charteris. Along with the Kilmer movie, it impressed a 1960s TV present starring Roger Moore. Paramount sees the reboot because the potential begin for a long-running film collection.

Pine is coming off the TNT restricted collection “We Are the Night time,” which earned him sturdy critiques from the critics. He will be seen subsequent reprising his function of Steve Trevor in “Surprise Girl: 1984,” which bows on Aug. 14. He most just lately wrapped manufacturing on “Violence of Motion” by Tarik Saleh.

Pine is repped by CAA, John Carrabino Administration, Gendler & Kelly.

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