Rob Marshall in Talks to Helm Johnny Depp's 'The Thin Man' Remake
Last October we heard that superstar Johnny Depp was eager to have Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall sit in the director's chair for The Thin Man, an adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's 1934 novel. At the time Depp was said to be "aggressively courting" the filmmaker for the job, but now a new story from THR says the director is in talks for the Warner Bros. remake. In addition, the one element that might have held back his involvement, the lack of a script, has been rectified with the hiring of Jerry Stahl (who has worked on Bad Boys II and various episodes of "CSI") to adapt the book.
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.
This likely also takes Marshall out of the running to direct that Wicked adaptation at Universal. Depending on how the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean installment works out, this just might be some good news. What do you think?
Reader Feedback - 4 Comments
This is a terrible idea. Have any of these people seen the original(s)? Johnny Depp isn't Nick Charles material. I like the guy... but he's no William Powell. And is there an actress these days that can touch Loy's Norah? Not one I can think of...
classicsfan on Mar 22, 2011
The writer of Bad Boys II and CSI is adapting a Dashiell Hammett novel? Fucking lol. Presumably they thought that an episode of CSI is the modern day equivalent to a gritty tale of genre noir? Because CSI strikes me more as the modern day equivalent of a frontal lobotomy, or being addicted to laudanum.
Lebowski on Mar 23, 2011
no talent director + no talent screenwriter = fail
xtheory on Mar 23, 2011
NO!!! The original series is classic and untouchable!
Eliza on Mar 23, 2011
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