WB Delaying Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp's 'Thin Man' Remake

June 22, 2012
Source: Deadline

Thin Man / Rob Marshall

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.

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Rob Marshal (for me) IMO : Chicago (Accidentally Incredible) Memories of Geisha (mini-Shit) Nine (Shit) Pirates Of Caribean 4 (outter-Shit) (sorry for fans that's my shitty opinion)

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 22, 2012


Maybe next time you could just keep it to yourself. Obviously you opinion sucks and you lack any idea of what makes a movie great because you have named 3 nearly universally acclaimed films, and listed them as crap. Maybe you need glasses, or some positivity. I get the feeling that view point of yours isn't limited to the movies listed. Grow up.

Robert D. on Jun 23, 2012


High , I really didn't want bother you dude (dont be vigilant , i said sorry to you and many other fans) but I have some reseons that must mention them shortly perforcely : Memories Of Geisha in comparison of book was disaster for me ( loose & thin & forgettable adaption ) and in cinematic aspect : empty of any Creativity & Soul . Cold & Elastic . Biggest let down of good non-us player gathering for me too ( wtf? Ken Watanabe , Ziyi Zang , Gong Li !!! ) but with some good sequences and artful in appearance , shittful in storytelling and handling Nine , Oh My God , biggest let down of Oscar winner All Of Time , DanielDayLewis(2time) NicholKidman(1time) MrionCotilard(1time) PenelopeCruize(1time) (many time nomination beside!) Not Even in size of Shadow of Flinni'Version Nor Something Original or at least some New Visions. Artful in appearance , Voidy Inside . Mute in creativity , Full of clich├ęs (I love Penelope 's dance sequences) Too Damn Elastic PiratesOfCaribean4 ?!?! wtf ?!?! Film can't deceive me with his 1billion dollar ' sale ! People went for " jck sparrow " not flick . Charmless Weak Fantasy Flick , Fake & Rubbish , Anti-Climatic , Fail in every aspect such as Story,Adventure,SpecialEffect,Action,ChemistrayMaking,Entertaining exept $ Also With perfenuctory forcely love story , beside of big Holes in plot as goddamn OzoneHole . Huge let down in comparison to Verbinski'Pirates . Charicatur of ThatMagicalTrilogy , Ridicolous , SelfParody also like sequence that mermides attack the ship (I didn't like say more) Too F-ing Elastic His last 3works were without " Creativity " , " Charmless " & " Souless " too and BORDOM falls from walls of Them , mr.GROWUP. If tolerat of POC4 is growing up , I Wana be child . I'm moviegoer , die for good film but saying the truth even was bitter maybe lead to better results. I'm Out , Good for You dude.

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 24, 2012


The Thin Man was already made in to a movie once: And if you have not seen it I would recommend it, as it is hilarious.

John on Jun 23, 2012


Have Tim Burton direct it. Then WB would surely cough up the dough!!

Robert D. on Jun 23, 2012


It's not that disappointing. There already are some great Thin Man movies. I don't know what Rob Marshall could have really added...

Michael E. Kelly on Jun 23, 2012

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