Apr 1, 2013

Trailer for the New Saint!

Well, this proves that the new Saint series is one step closer to reality! And that the pilot actually exists. Not that I doubted it, of course, but after so many years of false starts and productions falling apart at the last minute, it's great to see videographic evidence that this one is really in the can. The promotional artwork at the left was created for the MIPTV media market, where the producers will attempt to sell this pilot to networks internationally. Hopefully it sells and we end up with a whole new Saint series!

As previously reported, the pilot was directed by Simon West, and you can get a good taste of the result from the MIPTV trailer below. There's a lot to love! I love that it uses the familiar Saint theme music. I love that they found a believable way to get the Saint into a dinner jacket in this day and age. I love that there's a fight on a funicular! I love the international locations and the high productions values. It looks like a very slick production, for sure. And new Simon Templar Adam Rayner, from what I can tell based on these short clips, looks good in the role! (Needs a shave, though.) Eliza Dushku looks great, too, as the Saint's on-and-off girlfriend from the Leslie Charteris novels, Patricia Holm. I worry, though, about how heavily this trailer leans on cliché. Just about every tried and true trope of genre is touched upon, but maybe that's what you need to sell a TV show. I've read the script for this pilot, and I know that it goes beyond the clichés, and does indeed feel appropriately Saintly. I'd like to see a trailer that focuses more on what sets Simon Templar apart from the pack rather than what makes him part of it, but that might freak out potential buyers. They probably perfer the familiar. Already, though, it feels like this production redeems the character from the Val Kilmer movie. And, of course, as the icing on the cake, we're treated to some dialogue between two venerable Saint stars, Ian Ogilvy and Sir Roger Moore! I really, really hope this pilot gets sold all over the world and goes quickly to series! I desperately want a new Saint on the air.

7 comments:

teeritz said...

Looks good. Looks very good. Although, I wish Simon Templar used a better razor. Reminds me of Pierce Brosnan's look in "Goldeneye". Still, it looks like a nice modernisation (notice how I didn't say 're-boot'?) of The Saint. And good to see Ian Ogilvy and Roger Moore making cameo appearances. As for Eliza Dushku, she could read a newspaper and I'd be glad to watch.
Here's hoping the show gets picked up for production.

Tanner said...

I agree about Dushku! And pretty much everything else you say, too. I got a serious GoldenEye vibe off of this trailer as well. Not just from the razor, but that fight on the funicular reminded me of the fight on the yacht in GoldenEye.

Simes said...

That really looks quite good, I have to say!

Ol' Sir Roger looks as if he's reading his lines off a piece of paper on the table....

;-)

Bob said...

In the books, I always thought the relationship between Templar and Holm was sort of similar to the relationship between Steed and Mrs. Peel when they were on assignment. The trailer does look interesting. We can only hope it succeeds.

Christopher said...

So far so cool. A nice mix of the old (the theme song, the snappy clothes..) and the new (Simon's mishaps look like something Ethan Hunt is used to getthing himself into). And, yes, Eliza Dushku is smokin' hot.

We'll see but for now, I'll take this over Val Kilmer with silly wigs and foriegn accents.

Sharpe said...

Looking forward to this... I quite like the relatively recent resurgance of 'cool ex-spy/other doing cool stuff of the week while helping someone'.

Anyone know where the version of the saint theme included in the trailer comes from?

Hoppy Uniatz said...

The Saint theme used was done especially for this production.