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Michael B. Jordan, star of the hit boxing pic Creed, is reteaming with MGM for a remake of heist thriller The Thomas Crown Affair.
The project is in the nascent stages, as there is no writer or director attached. Yet the call is out and MGM brass, very happy with how things turned out with Creed, are intent on developing a vehicle around the actor. MGM had no comment.
The first Thomas Crown Affair was a 1968 movie directed by Norman Jewison and starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. McQueen played a wealthy businessman who conducted robberies on the side. When an insurance investigator (Dunaway) starts to track him down, the two begin an affair even as Crown plans another heist.
MGM remade the movie in 1999 with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. While the 1968 movie ended with the pair on separate paths with hearts broken, the remake, which proved to be a hit both critically and commercially, had a Hollywood ending.
Insiders say Jordan came up with the idea for another remake and pitched it to MGM execs, with the two parties now teamed up to develop the project.
Jordan has become one of the most promising young actors in Hollywood, having broken out with the indie Fruitvale Station. While he starred in the panned Fantastic Four, Creed, a reboot of Rocky, proved to be a major hit, grossing $109 million domestically on a budget of $35 million.
Jordan, who is repped by WME, MGMT Management and Bloom Hergott, has yet to sign on to his next go movie, but the Crown Affair development is an example of his solidifying in-demand status.
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