David Koepp Set to Script 'The Thin Man' Adaptation for Johnny Depp
Back in March we learned that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall would re-team with franchise star Johnny Depp for an adaptation of The Thin Man, an adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's 1934 novel. With The Lone Ranger currently on halt, Deadline says Depp is moving forward on getting the project off the ground and the first order of business is bringing on Jurassic Park and Mission Impossible writer David Koepp to script the project. Previously Jerry Stahl (writer of Bad Boys II and episodes of "CSI") was said to be writing the scrip, but Koepp will be starting from scratch.
Hammett's novel follows Nick Charles who, after marrying wealthy, young socialite Norah, gives up a career as a hard-boiled gumshoe to become a semi-professional alcoholic and full-time trophy husband. The original story spawned a six film franchise at MGM back in the day with William Powell starring as Nick Charles and Myrna Loy playing Nora Charles, but there's no word on whether this would be a franchise for Depp and Marshall to continue in the future. Honestly, I'm not too sure Koepp is the kind of writer to bring this material to the page, especially with someone like Marshall directing who's never tackled anything like this either. Of course, I mostly trust Depp implicitly with his career choices (I'll forgive The Tourist just this once), so we'll see what happens.