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Here's another poster from the official Leslie Charteris website:
Parade’s End producer Michele Buck has come on board the US remake of The Saint as its producers look to secure a UK broadcast partner.
The pilot has been produced by the television division of MPCA, the production company set up by Dumb and Dumber producer Brad Krevoy, with Mammoth Screen managing director Buck joining as an executive producer.
“Michele’s expertise in the UK television market is unrivalled, as is her solid track record of quality productions,” said Krevoy. “We know her creative expertise will design The Saint to attract a commission from a UK broadcaster.”
Spy thriller The Saint was created by Leslie Charteris and aired on ITV between 1962 and 1969. The ITC-produced series starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar, a suave and sophisticated secret agent and thief who solves mysteries.
The remake stars Hunted’s Adam Rayner as Simon Templar and Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Dushku as his on-off romantic partner Patricia Holm. Moore, a coproducer of the remake, also made a cameo appearance in the pilot.
British director Simon West, who has directed the pilot of Fox’s comic book adaptation Human Target and The Expendables 2, directed the pilot, which was written by Heroes and Hannibal writer Jesse Alexander.
Ian Dickerson, an expert on Charteris’ work, is a creative consultant on the project, while Francisco González’s, vice president of MPCA’s international sales division was distributing it at MipTV.
MPCA is financing the project and will begin filming the remainder of the season in July in the UK and the US. It is currently in negotiations with a number of US broadcasters. O:-)
I wonder if Eon will have their eye on this Rayner chap as a future James Bond.
I want to see this new series, mind. Hopefully soon.
That was the word you lot put out there together with the article or Rayner being involved in another series.
This is the first time I read anything else about it. So I am not jumping to conclusions but after the story of Rayner being in another series nothing else was communicated.
I do want that series, and am all in favour.
Even if all the formal announcements do make me anticipate somewhat less over the years as I get dissapointed every time.
You said " a possible series have already been halted". You were either jumping to conclusions or you've managed to hack the IT networks for the guys Stateside or got access to my laptop. And if you had managed that, you got it wrong anyway.
Just because we can't make any announcements doesn't mean work on a series has been halted. Very much the opposite in fact--a dedicated team is working very hard on this and has been for months, at the expense of some of our other work.
What we have learnt from this experience is that we'll say nothing until contracts have been signed.
19 August 2013
Screencrush, among others, are reporting:
"FX's upcoming drama ‘Tyrant‘ has made a few strong pushes in its casting thus far, but has finally elected its leader. UK actor Adam Rayner nabbed the main lead, the head of a family that finds itself embroiled in Middle Eastern politics, though Rayner’s casting will likely take precedence over the actor’s starring role in the proposed ‘Saint‘ reboot.
Via Deadline, we’ve learned that Rayner will take the role of Barry, head to the unassuming family that ends up caught in a world of political intrigue. ‘Weeds‘ star Justin Kirk will play mysterious American diplomat John Tucker, while former ‘Mob Doctor’ Jordana Spiro will take the role of Dana, wife to Kirk’s Tucker, with whom she works at the American Embassy as a cultural attaché.
Developed by ‘Homeland’ producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, along with ‘LOST’ writer Craig Wright, ‘Tyrant’ centers on a family (Barry, Molly and children) that gets drawn into Middle Eastern politics when an Arab state dictator dies and leaves his American son as the new head of the country. ‘Life of Pi‘ director Ang Lee had originally signed on to helm the pilot episode but was later replaced by ‘Harry Potter‘ franchise vet David Yates.
For his part, Rayner filmed the title role in a proposed reboot of ‘The Saint’ with Eliza Dushku and Roger Moore, though the project seems to have failed in taking off."
Tyrant is set to go into production later this year, with filming set to go ahead in Morocco. It's almost certain that FX will pick-up the series.
I guess the trade magazines jumped to conclusions too!
I read that too, I guess nobody wanted to buy the series of that pilot that was made.
I do hope we get to see that pilot one day.
I would hope that they would return the Saint to his pre-WOII days, which coincidentely is where most of my favorites from the book series are happening.
And if Purefoy was screen tested twice as Bond i would love to see footage of.There must be something out there somewhere !
Frankly, any modern day reboot will just squeeze out every ounce of originality and render it irrelevant to today's audience.
To be honest, when I saw the trailer featuring Raynor, my heart sank — it was such an obvious turkey!
http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/696561-the-saint-movie I don't who got in suggestion to play him. Some one the post said he does want him in new Volvo but he favour him in Bentley.