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‘The Saint’ revived at Paramount

17 June 2016 11:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Paramount Pictures are reviving The Saint, the espionage thriller that was a huge hit on television in the 1960s with Roger Moore playing the title character (aka Simon Templar), followed by Ian Ogilvy in the 1970s. The show was adapted into a feature film with Val Kilmer in the lead in 1997.

Deadline reports that Paramount have acquired the rights to the book on which the series was based and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) and Robert Evans (The Godfather) are set to produce a new movie.

Based on the original series of books that ran from 1928 to 1963 from Leslie Charteris, The Saint is the story of Simon Templar a smart, quick-witted man who went after the scourge of the Earth — corrupt politicians, war profiteers, drug runners to benefit his country and the greater good.

It is very early stages on the potential new series, which may morph into a new series of movies for the studio, »

- Paul Heath

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Cinema Retro Issue #35 Now Shipping Worldwide- Subscribe Or Renew Today!

23 May 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro issue #35 has now shipped to our subscribers worldwide.  No other magazine centers specifically on the great Golden Age of film making: the 1960s and 1970s. Every issue is packed with exclusive interviews, rare photos and insightful columns about classic and cult movies that virtually no one else covers in this kind of detail. Please support classic cinema in the print format by subscribing or renewing today!

Highlights of this issue include:

Mike Siegel's 12 page in-depth report on the tragedy and triumph in the making of Bruce Lee's last film, Enter the Dragon Mark Mawston's exclusive interview with Ian Ogilvy, who talks about filming She Beast, Witchfinder General and his close call with playing James Bond Extensive report from Tim Greaves on the underrated Alistair MacLean spy thriller When Eight Bells Toll, which afforded young Anthony Hopkins an early starring role. Peter Cook pays tribute to "The »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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"Drive" Helmer Remakes "Witchfinder General"

17 May 2016 12:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Acclaimed filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn has scored the remake rights to Michael Reeves' 1968 cult historical horror tale "Witchfinder General" (aka. "The Conqueror Worm").

Based on Ronald Bassett's novel, Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy and Hilary Dwyer starred in the acclaimed original which was set in Norfolk, England in 1645 and follows real-life witch hunter Matthew Hopkins and the heinous crimes he committed during the English Civil War.

Refn will produce, but Not direct, this new $5-10 million budgeted adaptation alongside Rupert Preston through their Space Rocket Nation and Sunrise Films labels. Vertigo Releasing will handle UK distribution.

The plan is to go into production next year with a view to bringing a new audience to the story, but the decision about whether to completely contemporize the story has not yet been decided.

Refn has "The Neon Demon" playing at Cannes and is producing another horror remake, "Maniac Cop," which is »

- Garth Franklin

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