After a dazzling awards season campaign for his Elton John biopic, “Rocketman” director Dexter Fletcher has been tapped to direct a reboot of “The Saint,” for Paramount Pictures.
According to Variety, Fletcher will be helming the rebooted title, an action thriller that first released in 1997 and starred Val Kilmer. The story, directed by Phillip Noyce, was based on the 1920s novel series by Leslie Charteris. It followed a man in constant disguise, working under monikers in the crime and espionage realm. The film went on to gross over $61 million at the domestic box office.
Fletcher will be directing from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (“The Lego Batman Movie”). Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (“Transformers”) is producing with Brad Krevoy and the late Robert Evans. Paramount reportedly sees hope in a renewal for the fizzled out product, which was once supposed to kickstart a series of action features.
Fletcher hit a recent success with “Rocketman,” a picture that followed his directorial effort with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” when Bryan Singer stepped down from duty. “Rocketman” starred Taron Egerton in the Elton John role, garnering him a Golden Globe win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Movie- Musical or Comedy. The film went on to win an Oscar for the original song, “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” written by both John and Bernie Taupin. The film grossed over $96 million domestically and over $195 million at the worldwide box office level.
“The Saint” is expected to play as a reboot and franchise starter for Paramount Pictures. Fletcher is also attached in two other big projects, a modern day vampiric feature, “Renfield,” with “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, for Universal Piictures, and a third Sherlock Holmes film for Warner Bros.