Director Paul Verhoeven has told a Dutch radio show that he has been selected by MGM to direct the sequel to the 1999 remake of the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair. Oddly enough, the sequel, titled The Topkapi Affair, a remake of the 1964 Peter Ustinov film Topkapi. Since the original Topkapi was not a sequel/prequel/anything-else-quel to the original Thomas Crown Affair, there will be some obvious tweaking of the original’s story.
While Crown ’99 star Pierce Brosnan will be returning for the new film, his co-star Renee Russo is reportedly not. At one point, Angelina Jolie was being touted as taking the female lead, though it has never been officially announced.
Filming is set to take place on location in Istanbul, site of the famous the Topkapi Palace. No word as to whether there will be any filming at the actual palace.