While it looks like Universal might have pulled the plug on Chris Pratt’s Cowboy Ninja Viking, the actor is seemingly be courted for spy franchise at Paramount Pictures. Deadline reports that Pratt is potentially on the studio’s radar to lead a remake of The Saint as Simon Templar.
Paramount Pictures is dancing with Chris Pratt to star in a relaunch of its action franchise The Saint. Sources cautioned this is early days, but that the hope is to build the film around the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World franchise star. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is aboard to produce. Stay tuned.
The studio is looking to reboot the classic Roger Moore series from the 1960s into a film franchise after the goofy/predictable 1997 film adaptation starring Val Kilmer didn’t stick the landing. It’s not terribly shocking in the wake of Paramount’s massive success with Mission: Impossible that they’d want to tackle another spy project.
The original series did help Moore eventually land his role as James Bond, so there seems like some serious potential if they’re able to get the right filmmakers and screenwriters involved. Pratt is already in-bed with Paramount for the Jurassic World series, as he’s expected to return for Jurassic World 3.
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.