There hasn’t exactly been a fire under the tails of most fans of W.S. Van Dyke‘s classic take on Dashiell Hammett‘s The Thin Man to see a new version of the film starring Johnny Depp, and apparently that attitude has carried over to the actual production.
Deadline Bay Ridge reports that they’ve heard tell that Warner Bros. is “pumping the brakes” on the remake, which is set to star Depp, be directed by Rob Marshall (raspberry-blowing noise here), and come with a script by David Koepp. The outlet reports that the production is being put on pause for a number of no-duh factors, including their protracted and so far fruitless search to find a Nora Charles to Depp’s Nick Charles, a budget that apparently has gone over $100m, Depp’s preference for taking some time between films, and the big one – the film hasn’t been greenlit yet (the one fact that WB confirmed to the outlet).
But Deadline spitballs on another possible reason – that Warner isn’t happy with the box office performance of the Depp-starring Dark Shadows, which seems like a potential black mark against the actor, until you go back and look at the performance of other recent Depp-starrers. Between his Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Alice in Wonderland, Rango, and a few others, Depp’s films have made over $2b since 2005 alone. He’s still box office magic, no matter the missteps of Dark Shadows.
In any case, Marshall is reportedly moving on to another passion project in the interim – his Into The Woods - and Depp is likely kicking it on an island somewhere, counting his money.
Do you have any interest in this remake?