Empire Magazine sat down for a chat with director John McTiernan, and the man behind the original Die Hard opened up about his desire to make a sequel to The Thomas Crown Affair. Back in 1999, McTiernan directed that film- a remake of the 1968 Steve McQueen film- and for years, based on its success, there’ve been whispers that there’d be a follow-up. It sounds like McTiernan is a very big fan of that idea, and he’s all ready got a premise in mind.
“Nebuchadnezzar had two lion statues commissioned in 1100BC: a male and a female. Alexander the Great took them when he conquered Persia. Mark Antony had them taken to Rome. Constantine moved them to Constantinople. And at some point the lioness went missing. The movie is about what happens when it turns up at an auction. By the way, itâ€™s all bullshit; none of that ever happened.”
The first film was a sexy, mature heist film that really sizzled because of the chemistry between its two leads- Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. Their game of cat and mouse, as a wealthy financier suspected of being an art thief and the insurance agent assigned to investigate him, drove the story. As of now, though, McTiernan is non-committal about whether or not he’d tap Brosnan and/or Russo for the sequel, or recast the roles since it’s been 15 years.
Nonetheless, the prolific director is very keen on the idea of the sequel. “Itâ€™s really a lot of fun, and I hope I get the chance to make it,” he says.
What about you? Would you sign up to see another Thomas Crown film? Would you want to see Brosnan and Russo return? If not, who would you cast?