Pierce Brosnan Updates Status of Thomas Crown Affair Sequel
Currently out on a promotional tour for his role in the upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, the actor formerly known as James Bond, or rather, Pierce Brosnan, still has two other films due out this year (Roman Polanski's Ghost Writer and Allen Coulter's Remember Me). Meanwhile, according to ComingSoon, it seems progress is still being made on the potential sequel to Brosnan's 1999 action/heist movie The Thomas Crown Affair. Brosnan said of development on the project, "We've got the fourth script in and this is the closest we've gotten in structure to making sense. It's very, very hard."
The last word anyone heard on the sequel was that Paul Verhoeven would be directing with Angelina Jolie on-board to star opposite Brosnan. No word on whether that's still in the cards, but Brosnan does confirm the need for a new leading lady along with some work on developing the characters: "Now we have the character, it's not really fleshed out, so we have to work on him, Mr. Crown, and her, Miss Moore, another affair, more art, but it has to be an unexpected surprise." ComingSoon notes they may have misheard the name of Crown's female counterpart, but maybe that's the name of the character Jolie was rumored to play.
While The Thomas Crown Affair certainly had its share of cool sequences and eroticism, I never saw it as anything more than James Bond with an art fetish (and the ability to steal this art unnoticed). Eleven years later, and I'm not sure there's much demand for a sequel. Though the core of action movies hasn't changed much, the style has become less polished and more gritty. A Thomas Crown sequel would either be a nice change of pace, try to blend in with the rest, or maybe something surprisingly different. This one has been developing for awhile, so we'll have to wait and see if it ever gets off the ground. Anyone still interested?