The Topkapi Affair: According to Variety, Pierce Brosnan may no longer be James Bond, but he has definitely become Hollywood's hot heist guy.

The thesp, who next appears in New Line jewel theft pic After the Sunset, will keep on capering in MGM's sequel to The Thomas Crown Affair.

The new film, The Topkapi Affair, will draw on material from 1964's "Topkapi," an MGM pic that has fascinated filmmakers before. Miramax topper Harvey Weinstein has often talked of remaking the film, about the theft of a jeweled dagger from an Istanbul museum.

The new film, to be written by Harley Peyton, will not follow that movie's storyline exactly but draw on elements from the pic. Brosnan will return in the character of Thomas Crown, which he played in MGM's 1999 remake of the 1968 Steve McQueen pic.

Brosnan will produce with his Irish DreamTime producing partner Beau St. Clair. Dino Conte will also produce.