“Creed” breakout star Michael B. Jordan is set to star in the remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair” with MGM. There is no writer or director currently attached to the new project.
The film will mark the third version of the popular title. The original 1968 film starred Steve McQueen as Thomas Crown, a rich businessman who also happens to be a robber. Insurance investigator Vicki Anderson, played by Faye Dunaway, is hot on his trail, but in the process begins an affair with Crown.
In 1999, MGM remade the film with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo in the leading roles. The film grossed over $124 million globally, and like the original, received good reviews overall from critics. Unlike the original, however, the film famously featured an ending in which the pair end up together.
Norman Jewison directed the original film, while John McTiernan directed the first remake.
Jordan, who previously shot to fame for his work in films such as “Chronicle” and “Fruitvale Station,” starred in last year’s boxing drama “Creed.” His co-star, Sylvestor Stallone, is nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Many felt the film deserved more nominations at various awards, including one for Jordan.
The Hollywood Reporter is saying that insiders claim Jordan pitched the film idea to MGM execs himself. Prior to the move, the young star had yet to sign on for a new project. The outlet claims MGM is eager to team up with Jordan after the success they had with “Creed,” which besides being one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year (currently sitting at a 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), also grossed over $172 million worldwide.
Stallone, who reprised his famous role of Rocky Balboa for the film, is the favorite to win at this Sunday’s Oscars for Best Supporting Actor.
Stay tuned for the latest updates on Jordan’s “The Thomas Crown Affair.”