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Gene Simmons wants to bring flop comic Jon Sable back to screens

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May 10, 2013 | 10:33am EDT

Rocker Gene Simmons is eager to breathe new life into his short-lived 1980s TV adaptation of comic book Jon Sable and revive the series for a new generation of fans. The KISS frontman bought the rights to creator Mike Grell's Jon Sable Freelance book series earlier on in his career with the hope of turning it into a big action movie with Pierce Brosnan in mind as the mercenary lead. The film plans fell through and it was soon reimagined as a TV show simply titled Sabel, with the pilot initially starring Simmons as the main character, alongside model Renee Russo in her acting debut. However, the rocker failed to impress producers and he was soon replaced with Lewis Van Bergen, who portrayed the title character in seven episodes before the programme was axed by ABC network bosses. Now Simmons is keen to reimagine the project for today's audiences and is hatching plans to bring Sable back to life. The musician shared an old photo of himself in character while filming the TV pilot on his WhoSay.com blog on Thursday (09May13), and revealed his hopes for a new take on the graphic novel, writing, "I will revisit this project and see if we can give it a new lease on life (sic)."

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