Paul Verhoeven to Direct Thomas Crown Sequel The Topkapi Affair?

It’s been a while since Paul Verhoeven has brought us a movie that measures up to the calibre of his work throughout the 80’s and 90’s. Starship Troopers was probably the last flick he did that carried his trademark hyper violent style and cutting edge FX, and although Hollow Man was okay, it didn’t really do much for me (or the critics). After that he went back to Holland to shoot Black Book, a war drama about a Jewish singer on the run from the Nazis during WWII. Now a rumour has cropped up that says Verhoeven’s next film may possibly be the sequel to The Thomas Crown Affair.

Apparently Verhoeven was recently on a Dutch radio show where he revealed that he was working on The Topkapi Affair, which would essentially be a remake of the classic caper flick Topkapi, about a scheme to knock off a museum in Istanbul. I’m a bit confused as to how this functions as a sequel to The Thomas Crown Affair, especially when Topkapi was actually released before the original Thomas Crown flick, but I think they are both drawn from Eric Ambler’s novel The Light of Day. At any rate, Pierce Brosnan would return for this film, and Angelina Jolie is rumoured to co-star. I’m certainly intrigued with Verhoven’s possible involvement, but it does seem like another step further away from his typical fare. Can he really pull this off? More importantly, should he pull this off? At the moment it sounds like the project will be put on hold because of the writer’s strike, but we’ll have more on this as it develops.

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