Verhoeven Helms Crown Sequel

Paul Verhoeven (“Basic Instinct,” “Total Recall,” “Black Book”) has revealed to Dutch radio program “Met Het Oog Op Morgen” that he will direct the sequel to 1999’s “The Thomas Crown Affair” reports Hollywood News.

Pierce Brosnan is set to reprise his role of the self-made billionaire and gentleman thief who becomes entangled in a centuries-old feud and must decide how much he’s willing to risk for love.

The famous Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey will be the background for much of the action, as will other locations around Europe and the Middle East.

Eric Ambler’s novel “The Light of the Day” and MGM’s 1964 feature “Topkapi” will be used as the basis for the script.

Rene Russo will not return as Crown’s love interest, rather an as yet uncast new character named Nadia Badri will serve as the female lead. Shooting is slated to begin in January.