WB Delaying Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp's 'Thin Man' Remake
It seems like Johnny Depp might be becoming a bad omen these days. First, Disney pulled the plug on The Lone Ranger when they couldn't agree on a reasonable budget. Then in March of 2011, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall was in talks to direct an adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man with Depp in the lead role and Jurassic Park writer David Koepp tackling the script. Though The Lone Ranger is back on (with budget problems still continuing), Deadline says Warner Bros. is delaying The Thin Man as Rob Marshall moves on to direct Into the Woods for Disney. More below!
Though The Thin Man had never officially received a green light, this is still disappointing news for fans of Dashiell Hammett and hard-boiled noir stories. Hammett wrote some of the best noir classics, including The Maltese Falcon, and his work was a big inspiration for Rian Johnson's excellent 2005 film Brick. The Thin Man sounds like a really interesting role reversal story that follows a detective who hangs up his gumshoes when he marries a wealthy socialite and becomes an alcoholic trophy husband.
It's bittersweet news, though, since I'm not a big Rob Marshall fan and I'm not convinced he could have given a movie like this the proper tone and attitude it would need. Sounds like he's still attached, though, and he'll likely get in the director's chair after Into the Woods is done if they can bring the proposed budget for The Thin Man lower than its current $100 million. The best I can hope for is that Marshall tires of the idea and moves on entirely, but we'll see how this situation shakes out.