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John McTiernan wrote a screenplay for Thomas Crown 2 while in prison

Apr. 28, 2014by: Alex Maidy

John McTiernan's last great movie was 1999's THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR. The sexy heist thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo serves as one of the rare remakes that works. McTiernan only directed two films afterwards (ROLLERBALL and BASIC) before he was sent to prison following an almost decade long legal battle. Now out of jail, McTiernan is back and able to direct and already has some projects under consideration. One of those may actually be a sequel to THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR which he penned while incarcerated.

As part of his first interview after leaving Yanktown Prison, John "Mac Daddy" McTiernan shared the plot for the sequel, THOMAS CROWN AND THE MISSING LIONESS, with Empire.

Nebuchadnezzar had two lion statues commissioned in 1100BC: a male and a female, explained McTiernan of the titles provenance. 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, its all bullshit; none of that ever happened.

While the title sounds like an INDIANA JONES rip-off, the plot does sound intriguing as does the pairing of Brosnan and Russo for a second time. While both actors could appear in a 15 year later sequel, McTiernan gave no indication if there is studio interest or not. He simply says it is a lot of fun and would love to make it.

McTiernan has been named as a fan favorite to helm a fourth EXPENDABLES movie, a PREDATOR reboot, and is actually linked with the Nicolas Cage/Colin Farrell DEA flick RED SQUAD which "involves a former DEA agent (presumably Cage, should he sign on) who has gone rogue and runs a team of mercenaries. Their latest mission takes them to Mexico, to take out a drug lord." Here's hoping the 63 year old director gets to make all of them.

Source: Empire

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2:25AM on 04/29/2014
The ending of The Thomas Crown Affair is beautifully directed.
The ending of The Thomas Crown Affair is beautifully directed.
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7:50PM on 04/28/2014
This plot sounds more intriguing than having Thomas Crown stealing paintings in Brazil.
This plot sounds more intriguing than having Thomas Crown stealing paintings in Brazil.
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6:31PM on 04/28/2014

Personally...

I don't give too much of a shit what he directs, just get him back behind the camera STAT. Guy is one of the best. Would be cool if he got Bond.
I don't give too much of a shit what he directs, just get him back behind the camera STAT. Guy is one of the best. Would be cool if he got Bond.
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4:43PM on 04/28/2014
We dont need a Predator reboot/remake. When you look at the movies, its basically aliens hunting. There is no continuing plot like Alien. Working with that you can make a movie with any characters, any place, any time. Hell make a Predator movie and put him in a futuristic city like the one in Blade Runner or a futuristic dystopian one if they want to.
We dont need a Predator reboot/remake. When you look at the movies, its basically aliens hunting. There is no continuing plot like Alien. Working with that you can make a movie with any characters, any place, any time. Hell make a Predator movie and put him in a futuristic city like the one in Blade Runner or a futuristic dystopian one if they want to.
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7:41PM on 04/28/2014
You've put too much time and something like effort into telling everyone why there shouldn't be another Predator film instead of clearing your head and realizing that another McTiernan-directed Predator would be amazing. Think before you write next time.
You've put too much time and something like effort into telling everyone why there shouldn't be another Predator film instead of clearing your head and realizing that another McTiernan-directed Predator would be amazing. Think before you write next time.
9:22PM on 04/28/2014
Im not saying he shouldnt direct one, Im saying he shouldnt direct a reboot
Im not saying he shouldnt direct one, Im saying he shouldnt direct a reboot
4:28PM on 04/28/2014
I think THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR was terrific except for Rene Russo who was really out of place in this role I think.
I think THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR was terrific except for Rene Russo who was really out of place in this role I think.
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3:58PM on 04/28/2014
John should be allowed a go at The Expendables 4. It only makes too much sense!
John should be allowed a go at The Expendables 4. It only makes too much sense!
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4:05PM on 04/28/2014
Never mind this post. Didn't read the whole article haha.
Never mind this post. Didn't read the whole article haha.
3:48PM on 04/28/2014
Pierce brosnan's THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR is more of a Screwball romance film than a heist thriller.hope the sequel focuses more on action-adventure part
Pierce brosnan's THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR is more of a Screwball romance film than a heist thriller.hope the sequel focuses more on action-adventure part
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3:47PM on 04/28/2014
McTiernan for Star Trek 3, please.
McTiernan for Star Trek 3, please.
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3:38PM on 04/28/2014
Not only is this a remake that "works", it's also much better than the original, which didn't have much going for it besides its two leads and trippy editing.
And, yeah, the title sucks but I'm sure someone with better taste will step in at some point.
Not only is this a remake that "works", it's also much better than the original, which didn't have much going for it besides its two leads and trippy editing.
And, yeah, the title sucks but I'm sure someone with better taste will step in at some point.
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3:26PM on 04/28/2014

Once Mendes is done with Bond, give it to McTiernan

Once Mendes is done with Bond, give the franchise to McTiernan.
Once Mendes is done with Bond, give the franchise to McTiernan.
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2:57PM on 04/28/2014
He should direct another Die Hard film. Maybe he could actually fix the franchise with another film with and Willis.
He should direct another Die Hard film. Maybe he could actually fix the franchise with another film with and Willis.
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2:49PM on 04/28/2014
He should direct a Punisher movie
He should direct a Punisher movie
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