Fresh off the success of Ryan Coogler's Rocky spin-off, Creed, and his impressive work in the otherwise panned Fantastic Four, Michael B Jordan has already lined up his next project, a reboot of crime caper The Thomas Crown Affair. As it stands, Jordan is the only name attached to the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer project so far, with the studio expected to start looking for both a screenwriter and director in the very near future, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on a millionaire playboy who carries out high-stakes heists and robberies after he starts to find the business of making money monotonous, The Thomas Crown Affair has been seen on the big screen twice before. However, this film will reportedly present a new take on the story and act as more of a reboot than a remake.
The first movie, released back in 1968, starred Steve McQueen in the titular role opposite co-star and on-screen nemesis/love interest Faye Dunaway. The second, which reached cinemas in 1999, saw Pierce Brosnan step into McQueen's shoes for a film that was more popcorn entertainment than adopting the questioningly sceptical tones about wealth, self-importance and sexual attraction that Norman Jewison's first film did. None-the-less the film had certain charms, and was almost regarded as a classic of the late 1990s, so it will be interesting to see what Jordan lends to the role.
The project is still in its incubation, so before then, Jordan will be seen on the big-screen in love triangle drama Pretenders alongside Imogen Poots, Dianna Agron and David Schwimmer. He is also set to star in and produce upcoming civil rights drama Just Mercy, based on the best-selling novel by Bryan Stevenson. Like the book, the film will supposedly recount renowned civil rights defence lawyer Stevenson (played by Jordan) and his fight to free a death row prisoner.
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