Variety is reporting that Wonder Woman and Star Trek star Chris Pine is in negotiations with Paramount Pictures to star in their upcoming remake The Saint, a potential spy franchise for the studio that will be directed by Dexter Fletcher.
Seth Grahame-Smith penned the remake’s script.
The Saint was originally a television series starring Bond actor Roger Moore and eventually got a feature film in 1997 starring Val Kilmer based on a series of novels by Leslie Charteris.
THE SAINT – Based on the popular spy series, this film follows suave international thief Simon Templar (Val Kilmer), who is contracted by Russian oil magnate Ivan Tretiak (Rade Serbedzija) to steal a formula for cold fusion. So Templar, nicknamed “The Saint” because of his use of Roman Catholic saints as aliases, finds scientist Dr. Emma Russell (Elisabeth Shue), seduces her and steals the information. However, because the formula was incomplete, Tretiak now wants to kill Templar and kidnap Russell.
This wouldn’t be the first time Pine has played a spy on the big screen. You might remember that Paramount banked on Chris Pine to lead their Jack Ryan prequel Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a CIA analyst.
He also led their Star Trek franchise recently as Star Trek 4 is currently in the works from direct Noah Hawley (Legion, Fargo).
When The Saint could begin production is unknown as the coronavirus pandemic has thrown productions into hiatus across the board.
Chris Pine’s next feature film will be Wonder Woman 1984 due to be released in August.