Michael B. Jordan eyeing Thomas Crown Affair remake at MGM
Hot off of their surprise success with the Oscar-nominated Creed, MGM wants to stay in the Michael B. Jordan business. While Creed 2 punches its way towards a tentative November 2017 release date, The Hollywood Reporter states that the Fruitvale Station and Fantastic Four actor is teaming with the studio to also develop a new remake of classic heist film The Thomas Crown Affair.
The original 1968 version, directed by Norman Jewison, starred Steve McQueen as a bored millionaire who pulls off a series of daring heists while seducing the insurance investigator (Faye Dunaway) sent to catch him. John McTiernan’s 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo proved a solid hit, and led MGM to develop a potential sequel based on the 1964 film Topkapi with Paul Verhoeven attached, although Thomas Crown 2 ultimately fell apart amid regime changes at the studio and Brosnan’s waning popularity. While in prison for wiretapping, McTiernan wrote a spec sequel script titled “Thomas Crown and the Missing Lioness,” although that was likely intended as an exercise rather than a serious sequel attempt.
While no director or writer is attached to the new version, the 29-year-old Jordan will be the youngest actor to play Crown, as McQueen was 38 and Brosnan was 45 when they tackled the role.
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