Michael B. Jordan Starring in ‘Thomas Crown Affair’ Remake

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“Creed’s” Michael B. Jordan is starring in MGM’s second remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

The reboot is in early development stages and has no producer, writer or director attached. Jordan teamed with MGM on “Creed,” which was distributed by Warner Bros. and performed well with $172 million worldwide.

The original “Thomas Crown Affair,” directed by Norman Jewison, was released in 1968. Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway starred in the film in which McQueen’s character masterminded a Boston bank robbery of $2.66 million without meeting any of the four thieves. Dunaway played the insurance investigator who realized that Crown had orchestrated the heist.

Director John McTiernan’s 1999 remake starred Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. The film was a solid hit, grossing $124 million worldwide.

Jordan came to Hollywood’s attention as a drug dealer in “The Wire” and in the indie drama “Fruitvale Station.” He starred as Adonis Creed, son of Apollo Creed, in “Creed.”

Jordan is repped by WME. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Geoff says:

    If you’ve ever written a story and allowed others to read it, you know how attached people become to it exactly as it’s written – almost like it’s a living person who they’ve come to know. They don’t accept changes readily, willingly or at all, usually. As the writer, changes are no more traumatic to make than creating the original was, but to readers you’re perceived as killing or somehow trying to replace someone they like. Even minor changes are seen as an attack – remember the outrage when George Lucas added CGI to early Star Wars movies or when Ted Turner “colorized” B&W films? It’s like that only more so.

    Try telling a child a bedtime story and then coming back the next night and attempting to change anything at all when you retell it. You’ll never get away with it. As soon as the story is told, written or filmed, it becomes “sacred” to the listener, reader or viewer…it has a sovereign life. That’s why they usually wait a generation or two before doing remakes – so, those who remember the original will have aged beyond the target demographic for the new film.

    This movie came out in 1999 so, it’s about time for Hollywood to do its recycle job, but it’ll be extremely hard for any retelling of the story to compare favorably with either of its predecessors.

  2. Crowbane says:

    A THIRD remake? ::groan::

  3. John Gregory says:

    Once again, Hollywierd is taking an already established character and miscasting it in the name of political correctness!!! I guess they haven’t learned from Annie, The Honeymooners, and the disastrous Fantastic Four remakes. This movie will fail just as bad as the aforementioned.

  4. guest says:

    i LOVE THIS CAN’T WAIT

  5. James says:

    This is what I find hilarious. There are all these discussions about how African American stories aren’t being told and yet, Jordan takes on a role made famous by one of the most iconic actors of that generation in a movie that is in the canon of great heist movies. When Brosnan took on the role, at least he had been around long enough to establish himself and was of an age where he could take on the role with some weight. Jordan, while being celebrated for a handful of high profile roles, does not. Of course this is less about Jordan than it is about MGM raiding its library to make mediocre to bad remakes and latching onto an actor who helped them revive the Rocky franchise.

  6. jean deaux says:

    nope. not going to work.

  7. Sam says:

    He is too young. Idris Elba, Eamon Walker, Morris Chestnut, Micheal K. Williams, Jeffery Wright, Terrance Howard, or the lead actor from 12 Years of Slavery would be a better fit. Even Denzel Washington and I hate to say it, Will Smith, would be make more sense.

    • therealeverton says:

      As I suggested earlier. HIs casting suggests a change in some details for the story. So until we know whaty they’re going for, we can’t know that he’s too young really.

      Yes IF they were doing a straight up remake, he’s too young and Elba Ejifor etc. would better fit, but it seems all but definite that they are changing elements and he’s the perfect age for this version.

  8. therealeverton says:

    It’s a solid story, so I can see why it’s being made again. Also there’s a significant difference age wise, suggesting a different take from the Russo Brosnan version…which I enjoyed.

  9. ben says:

    Now there is a second time reboot that no one is asking for

    • Jacen Alexander says:

      It’s a remake, not a reboot. There was never a series of films.

      • Socrates Johnson says:

        its a double edged play 1. satisfies white guilt 2 supports the jewish meme that day jus like us. a third angle is it supports reality because since they are 12% of the population they commit 57% of all crime.

  10. Doc Michaels says:

    Michael B. Jordan….fearlessly taking on “white people” roles one at a time lol

    • Chase says:

      Why are they white people roles? Are they real people? If not, I think they can be played by any actor of any race!

      • John Gregory says:

        They are already established characters. Roots was fictional too, but imagine the outrage if they cast Tom Cruise as Kunta Kinte and Kevin Spacey as Chicken George! Black America would be screaming “appropriation” from the mountain tops!!! Hollyweird needs to create new strong characters that minority actors can have great success in. I would love to see a Bourne/Bond like franchise starring Edris Elba, but recasting him as Bond would result in a financial bomb…

      • therealeverton says:

        I get that it’s meant to be a joke, but this is part of the problem. The story for this film has no limitations n the race or, title apart, the sex of either lead character.

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