U.K.'s ITV to Reboot 'The Saint'

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Roger Moore played 'The Saint'

The character made famous by Roger Moore may return to the small screen in 2016.

Simon Templar is making a comeback. 

The impeccably dressed, painfully British crime fighter played most famously by pre-Bond Roger Moore in the 1960s will make a return to ITV, reports the Radio Times

Writer Ed Whitmore (Waking the Dead, Identity) is teaming with Chris Lunt (Prey) to re-imagine The Saint for a modern audience. The Radio Times reports that a pilot episode of a prospective new show should be ready to film next year. 

Based on the books by Leslie Charteris, The Saint told the stories of Templar, a suave Robin Hood-type character who would fight crime as well commit crime, and always leave his calling card of a stick figure with a halo. As well as Moore's iconic version, The Saint was given the Hollywood treatment in 1997, with Val Kilmer stepping up to play Templar. 

“There is a post-Breaking Bad appetite for morally grey characters,” Whitmore told the Radio Times. “Simon Templar is a kind of Robin Hood figure. He's timeless,” he added. 

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