Parade’s End producer Michele Buck has come on board the US remake of The Saint as its producers look to secure a UK broadcast partner.
The pilot has been produced by the television division of MPCA, the production company set up by Dumb and Dumber producer Brad Krevoy, with Mammoth Screen managing director Buck joining as an executive producer.
“Michele’s expertise in the UK television market is unrivalled, as is her solid track record of quality productions,” said Krevoy. “We know her creative expertise will design The Saint to attract a commission from a UK broadcaster.”
Spy thriller The Saint was created by Leslie Charteris and aired on ITV between 1962 and 1969. The ITC-produced series starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar, a suave and sophisticated secret agent and thief who solves mysteries.
The remake stars Hunted’s Adam Rayner as Simon Templar and Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Dushku as his on-off romantic partner Patricia Holm. Moore, a coproducer of the remake, also made a cameo appearance in the pilot.
British director Simon West, who has directed the pilot of Fox’s comic book adaptation Human Target and The Expendables 2, directed the pilot, which was written by Heroes and Hannibal writer Jesse Alexander.
Ian Dickerson, an expert on Charteris’ work, is a creative consultant on the project, while Francisco González’s, vice president of MPCA’s international sales division was distributing it at MipTV.
MPCA is financing the project and will begin filming the remainder of the season in July in the UK and the US. It is currently in negotiations with a number of US broadcasters.