Prison time for filmmaker John McTiernan has given him time to think, and in the process he has reportedly penned a sequel to one of his better works of the past two decades - 1999's romantic caper film "The Thomas Crown Affair," one of the rare examples of a remake that equals (and frankly improves) on the original.
Giving a fairly candid interview with Empire magazine from his Wyoming ranch, the "Die Hard" and "Predator" director confirmed that he wrote a follow-up entitled "Thomas Crown And The Missing Lioness" whilst incarcerated for perjury in Yankton prison last year.
The film's macguffin isn't a Monet painting this time but a priceless statue... albeit a fictional one. McTiernan says: "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, it's all bulls--t; none of that ever happened."
He does go on to say: "it's really a lot of fun, and I hope I get the chance to make it". No word if Pierce Brosnan or Rene Russo will return for the follow-up or if the sequel will have a different tone to the dry, playful, classy and adventurous first film.
A sequel has been in development for years, but previous reports indicated that its storyline was going to be a new take on the classic heist film "Topkapi". This sounds like it has been ditched in favor of an original spin.
McTiernan says he's also still hard at work getting the script for the narc thriller "Red Squad" into shape. Nicolas Cage and Colin Farrell are rumored to be attached to the film about a former DEA agent leading a team of mercenaries on a mission to take out a Mexican drug lord.