Renny Harlin, who leaped into prominence last year with the success of the action-packed "Die Hard 2," has chosen a new directing assignment: "The Saint."

The film, for Paramount Pictures, is based on the Leslie Charteris novels about the suave detective Simon Templar that have provided Hollywood and television with fodder from the 1940's, when the likes of George Sanders and Louis Hayward played the role, to the 1960's, when Roger Moore apprenticed for his future as James Bond by portraying the hero on the small screen.Writing the screenplay is Terry Hayes, the producer and writer of "Dead Calm," co-producer and writer of "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" and the writer of "The Road Warrior." With Robert Evans as the producer, "The Saint" is to be filmed in the fall.