"The Thomas Crown Affair" is getting yet another remake, as MGM continues to dig through its library archives for projects to redo. This time, in an unexpected though welcomed move, Michael B. Jordan has been cast in the lead role in the film.
Previously, in 1999, John McTiernan directed a new installment of the heist/romance film, starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo, which itself was a remake of the 1968 film of the same name, directed and produced by Norman Jewison, starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning Best Original Song for Michel Legrand’s "Windmills of Your Mind."
In short, the story goes… a debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man.
The Michael B. Jordan remake set up at MGM doesn’t have a director or writer attached yet, nor has the female lead been cast.
Jordan previously worked with MGM on last year’s hit "Creed," the sequel to the Rocky franchise with Sylvester Stallone, so the studio is looking to extend its relationship with the actor.
This could be interesting… I’m not exactly a fan of remakes/redos/reimaginings/etc, but I’m most certainly curious to see where this one goes in terms of who will be hired to write and direct, as well as what the cast will look like. If this remake can capture the ambiance of the original Steve McQueen/Faye Dunaway film, it should win.
Kudos to Michael B. Jordan. I wondered what all the attention he received from "Creed" would eventually lead to. This is the first announced project he’s been attached to since "Creed."
The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.
Here’s a clip of one of the more memorable scenes from the original 1968 film: