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New TV series in the works [Dec. 11th, 2012|07:13 pm]
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A new TV series has been mooted for some time, but this time it looks set to go ahead. Set in the modern day (they tried to go for a period piece, but couldn't get a broadcaster interested), it's to star Adam Rayner as Templar, and Eliza Dushku as Patricia. Ian Dickerson, a big Saint fan - who did actually know Leslie Charteris - is serving as creative consultant. Could work. LJ is absolutely refusing to allow me to post a link to the news site that broke the story, so hopefully a second-hand source will suffice (here). Most reports are making it sound like a remake of the old TV series, with no mention at all of the books, but Ian Dickerson has himself denied that it's a remake. I'm not sure what to make of the casting of Simon. Not an actor I've heard of before, and to me he doesn't have that "Saintly" look, but we'll see. I'm very pleased that they're including Patricia this time though! A great character. I can see Eliza Dushku doing a good job.

The books are set to be republished next year as well, so that should be good news, however the TV series turns out! Not including "Meet The Tiger", as that's still forbidden by Charteris's own request.
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[User Picture]From: jordannamorgan
2012-12-13 01:48 am (UTC)
I would suspect that by "updating" the Saint to the modern era, you'll only end up with something that appears to imitate the shows you cited, instead of being seen as the originator of any of their ideas.

For the record, I myself am not a fan of any of those shows--or of any current series at all. I hate modern television, period. I've long valued the fact that The Saint, being still a bit obscure, was one of my few fandoms that had *not* been corrupted by modern mores. A new remake would end that, and that's the biggest reason why it's something I could not look forward to or support.

But of course, I'm in the minority. You'll probably find plenty enough perverts who want to write Simon/Teal slash fanfiction to have a success with it.
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