Actor Chris Pine will star as Paramount's "The Saint", based on the 1920's crime novels by author Leslie Charteris, to be directed by Dexter Fletcher:
The character has been featured in a long-running series of books and comic books published between 1928 and 1963.
RKO owns the rights to several films based on "The Saint", including the 1938 feature "The Saint in New York".
"The Saint" has previously been adapted for several motion pictures, radio dramas, comic strips, comic books and three television series.
Templar is known as 'The Saint' because of his initials (ST) and because his heroic exploits fly in the face of an otherwise nefarious reputation.
Templar has aliases, often using the initials 'S.T.' such as 'Sebastian Tombs' or 'Sugarman Treacle'.
His true name is unknown, and the name 'Templar' was adopted at an early age from reading about the 'Knights Templar'.
Templar usually leaves a 'calling card' at the scene of his 'crimes" of a stick figure of a man with a halo.