There's a saying in Hollywood: if at first you do succeed, try, try again. At least that seems to be a saying in the film industry, which tends to remake movies that worked not just once but mulitiple times. The latest example comes with news that MGM is trying out another version of The Thomas Crown Affair. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this one will star Michael B. Jordan.
That's really all there is to the project so far. MGM has no screenwriter let alone director attached. They just want to continue working with Jordan following the success of Creed, and the heist film rehash was conceived first as vehicle for the actor. He'll play the title character, a role formerly filled by Steve McQueen in the 1968 original and by Pierce Brosnan in the 1999 redo.
Until this development on the property, there'd been talk of a sequel to the Brosnan version. At one point, the follow-up was to be a remake of its own, of the 1964 film Topkapi. More recently, the 1999 Thomas Crown Affair helmer John McTiernan revealed that while he was in prison recently, he wrote an original sequel titled Thomas Crown and the Missing Lioness, which sounds more like an Indiana Jones movie and even involved historical artifacts.
Jordan is likely being eyed for this to be a franchise, so if the new incarnation is another straight remake, perhaps either of those ideas could still be done as a follow-up. We had rather liked the idea of MGM just remaking old heist movies like Topkapi as Thomas Crown sequels, so we propose for that to still be the case. The studio has plenty to mine from, including some that were also previously successful, such as Stanley Kubrick's The Killing and Michael Mann's Thief.
The 29-year-old actor has starred in reboots before, recently taking over the role of Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch in Fantastic Four. He also had recurring roles in the TV versions of the movies Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. Many critics have also labeled Creed as a kind of remake-sequel to Rocky.
In addition to the search for writer and director now, MGM will also be tasked with finding a leading lady for Jordan who is as good a match as Faye Dunaway was for McQueen and Rene Russo was for Brosnan.