The current Hollywood obsession with remaking the hits of yesterday poses many questions about the state of the industry today. While some questions are more practical (“Has Hollywood run out of ideas?”) others tend towards the hypothetical. What, you might ask, will Hollywood do when they run out of remakes? Though the thought is meant to illustrate the absurdity of modern cinematic trends, Hollywood is not a place known for nuanced thought. That in mind, the clear and obvious response to the question is, apparently, to simply remake the remakes.
The Thomas Crown Affair has already received two go-rounds the Cineplex in as many generations. First in 1968, with the Norman Jewison directed film starring Steven McQueen as the titular bored millionaire turned thief alongside Faye Dunaway as the quick witted insurance investigator who won’t stop until she gets her man. Then, in 1999, John McTiernan (Die Hard) remade the classic with then-current James Bond Pierce Brosnan (No Escape) starring with Rene Russo (Nightcrawler) as the millionaire thief and investigator. While both versions remain classics in their own rights (with a slight edge for Jewison), Hollywood, it seems, wants to try a third time.
THR is reporting that a new remake of The Thomas Crown Affair is currently in the earliest stages of development at MGM. This time around, the studio is reportedly eyeing Oscar-snubbed actor Michael B. Jordan (Creed) for the role, apparently after hearing the actor’s pitch for another remake.
As of yet, there’s little to go on besides the Jordan news. Neither director nor writer have been attached to the project, which is currently being developed. Hearing that Jordan himself pitched the initial idea is intriguing, though it doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll have any part of the scriptwriting outside basic development.
While Jordan is definitely worthy of all the screen time he can manage after successful turns in Fruitvale Station and Creed, the idea of another Thomas Crown Affair feels more than a little bit unnecessary. While certainly the actor could bring a lot of the requisite charisma to the role, is this really a story worth treading a third time?
Jordan is currently at a critical stage of his career; the good will of his successes has far outweighed the failure of Fantastic Four and he currently stands on the edge of a potentially great career. Still, the whims of Hollywood are fickle, and one wrong move could send him plummeting unceremoniously into the abyss of obscurity before he reaches his full potential.
That being said, the idea of Jordan playing a master thief pulling off the ultimate heist is certainly enough to titillate the imagination. Should the project continue to move forward, Jordan can certainly pull off an intriguing take on the character, even if the idea itself is somewhat uninspired. Of course, it being in the initial stages of development means that the project could fall through or evolve into something else entirely as the idea is built.
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