A remake of the classic detective story following the exploits of married couple Nick and Nora Charles has been in the works for a while with Johnny Depp attached to star as Nick Charles and Jerry Stahl on board to write the script. Rumor had it that Depp’s director on the upcoming fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film On Stranger Tides was thinking about signing on to this project as well, and now a press release from Warner Bros. has made it official. The Thin Man was first a novel written by Dashiell Hammett, then it was a film directed by W.S. Van Dyke, and now it will be remake by Rob Marshall.
Marshall says of the project, “John [DeLuca] and I are overjoyed at the idea of working with Johnny again, especially on such a classy and classic project. We are also thrilled to be partnering this time with such wonderful producers as Christi Dembroski and Kevin McCormick, and we are looking forward to working with Warner Bros. to create a reinvention of a beloved story.”
Truly, this is a heartwarming tale of people coming together that is unparalleled through history. But prerequisite press release gushing aside, this might be a fun project. If Marshall and Depp have developed a strong relationship while making On Stranger Tides and want to keep working together, then hopefully this will dodge the bullet of having a sleepwalking Johnny Depp in the title role like The Tourist did. If they cast the right actress as Nora and they keep all of the rampant drinking and smoking in the story, then I support the idea of this remake. Especially if they do it as a period piece with everybody wearing nice suits, overcoats, and fedoras. Let’s really class this one up Mr. Marshall; I want pretty women wearing pearls and stalwart men slapping them when they get hysterical. Just like the good old days.