David Koepp Set to Script 'The Thin Man' Adaptation for Johnny Depp

August 30, 2011
Source: Deadline

David Koepp / Thin Man

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.

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The original Thin Man is a great film, one that many of your readers should check out. Our podcast, And the Nominees Are... (on iTunes or, has covered two of the films in the series (since the first was an Oscar Best Picture nominee), and plan to finish out the series. Interesting to see what will come of this remake.

Atnapodcast on Aug 30, 2011


They are really great movies. I can't rembember who the lead actress was but she fantastic, hopefully they cast someone great for that part.

Staatz on Aug 30, 2011


Myrna Loy.  And they shouldn't touch these films.

whatever on Sep 15, 2011


Depp and Koepp already have a solid relationship, as Koepp directed him in his Stephen King adaptation SECRET WINDOW.

Geoff on Aug 30, 2011


I'll take David Koepp over Jerry Stahl.

Kubrick on Aug 30, 2011


I love the old series. Maybe its just me but does this not seems like a project tailor made for Aaron Sorkin.

Anonymous on Aug 30, 2011


Depp is great, but the success of the film will be in the casting of Nora. Myrna Loy will be hard to beat. Let's see...Tina Fey, Debra Messing, Sandra Bullock, all come to mind.

kitano0 on Aug 31, 2011


kitano0,   I fully agree that Nora played by Myrna Loy will be hard to beat. Tina Fey, Debra Messing, and Sandra Bullock are all good candidates. Vera Farmiga can pull off the wise cracking and sultry charm akin to Myrna Loy.

Dan on Sep 1, 2011


To play a Myrna Loy part, you have have sexy class, none of which the actresses you listed have.

whatever on Sep 15, 2011

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