Rocketman's Dexter Fletcher to take charge of The Saint reboot
Dexter Fletcher, director of Rocketman and the forthcoming Sherlock Holmes 3, is to direct a new reboot of The Saint.
The Saint began life as a novel series from writer Leslie Charteris in the 1920s.
It followed the adventures of Simon Templar, a thief for hire, but one with a Robin Hood-esque will to do good and to help people the law has abandoned.
The character was then taken to television by ITV for a drama that ran for six series between 1962 and 1969.
Roger Moore played Templar in the series, a role which subsequently won him the chance to play James Bond.
The series was then taken to the big screen in 1997 with Val Kilmer in the title role, but the film did not prove to be a box office success.
According to Variety, Fletcher will direct for the film for Paramount Pictures, with whom he made Rocketman. Seth Grahame-Smith has provided the script.
Fletcher's next project will be the third instalment of Sherlock Holmes and he has also signed up to make horror Reinfeld.
Reinfeld will follow R.M. Renfield, an inmate at a lunatic asylum who was thought to be suffering from delusions, but, it turns out, is actually a servant of Dracula.
It's unknown whether Fletcher will make the horror first or The Saint after he completes work on Sherlock Holmes 3.