David Koepp Is Scripting ‘The Thin Man’ Remake For Johnny Depp

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:13 pm,

A day without talk about a new Hollywood remake would be like a day without talk about a new Johnny Depp movie. “Fortunately,” today we have an update on a project that is both those things: A remake of The Thin Man, which will reunite Depp with his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides helmer, Rob Marshall.

It turns out the new Thin Man will also reunite Depp with his Secret Window screenwriter and director David Koepp, who has been hired to script the flick (rather than Bad Boys II scriber Jerry Stahl, as was previously rumored).

Koepp has essentially been one of Hollywood’s go-to screenwriters for the last two decades – and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon. Over the past year alone, he’s been brought onboard to smooth out the scripts for the Jack Ryan reboot and Men in Black III, in addition to his new duties on Thin Man.

For those not familiar with the brand name, The Thin Man was originally the last novel written by famed pulp author, Dashiell Hammett. It was adapted into film form in 1934, spawned five additional sequels, and gave rise to a Thin Man TV series during the 1950s. The franchise revolves around one Nick Charles, a bumbling detective who spends most of his time either getting drunk or solving cases in Prohibition-era America.

Deadline says that Koepp will not be going to Hammett’s original novel for inspiration, per se; rather, he will attempt to combine plot elements of the first two Thin Man movies (The Thin Man and After the Thin Man), with the intent of giving it “a ‘Sherlock Holmes’-like stylized treatment.”

thin man remake David Koepp Is Scripting The Thin Man Remake For Johnny Depp

Nick (William Powell) and his wife Nora (Myrna Loy) in 'The Thin Man'

There’s many a detail listed above that most people would consider a warning flag about the potential quality of this new Thin Man movie – like how this is yet another remake that’s aiming to imitate Sherlock Holmes (see: the Invisible Man remake for a similar example), or yet another film that won’t require Depp to do much, other than resorting to what you could call his “Jack Sparrow shtick.” Plus, it’s difficult to feel confident about the involvement of Marshall, whose last three movies (Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine, and the fourth Pirates flick) have all arguably been shiny on the surface, but thematically lifeless affairs.

On the other hand: Nick Charles is the sort of eccentric scoundrel that Depp plays best, Koepp has scripted many a fun adventure in the past (see: Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, etc.), and the prospect of Marshall using his choreographer skills to recreate a few Ragtime numbers for The Thin Man (a la Chicago) sounds kind of promising. So maybe this’ll end up joining the ranks of good Hollywood remakes out there, when all is said and done.

With Depp’s Lone Ranger movie currently in limbo, it’s entirely possible that The Thin Man could end up becoming the project he works on next. As always, we’ll keep you posted.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Where is Dark Shadows in his lineup? – Stark

  2. Johnny Depp as Nick Charles could easily work, even with Mr Depp playing “Jack Sparrow” (but in a suit).

    The joy of the the original Thin Man movies (never having read the books) was the interaction between Nick and his wife, Nora – who did as much to solve the crimes as Nick – so getting the female lead right will be crucial; any clues as to whose being lined up?

    • I have to totally agree. What made the movies fun was the interaction between William Powell and Myrna Loy. If they don’t have that chemistry…well then

  3. I hope Helena Bonham Carter plays Nora. They work well with each other from a chemistry perspective and they both play great drunkards.

  4. How bout Diane Kruger? Smart sexy blonde could handle Johnny drop

  5. this is a Horrible idea, sorry if you all hate on me for saying this, but you will NEVER find anyone that had the onscreen chemistry of William Powell and Myrna Loy.

    nothing against JD, he’s quite the versatile actor, but this is just a very bad idea. and for the record, I’d go with Robert Downy Jr as Nick Charles before I’d go with JD. sorry

    ok everyone!!! time to hate on me!

  6. “Nick Charles, a bumbling detective who spends most of his time either getting drunk or solving cases in Prohibition-era America.” That statement is completely wrong. The Nick Charles of the original films (and of the book that spawned the films) was not bumbling. While Nick Charles was a consummate drinker, he often played a man over-inebriated and on the wrong track, to throw suspects off the scent, but he was not bumbling. I think if the remake were handled right, it might have the potential to be enjoyable and entertaining, which is exactly what the origninal achieved. I absolutely LOVE the Thin Man series, but they were never intended as some heavy social commentary with a deep message. If anyone were to play the part of Nick Charles, I think I would most like to see Johnny Depp in that part, but I don’t think that anyone could go into this expecting to see a reincarnation of William Powell and Myrna Loy’s chemistry. It’s just not going to happen. I don’t think Helena Bonham Carter would be quite right for the part of Nora Charles, as much as I admire her range…honestly, I think that Amy Adams would be a very good choice as Nora, she’s funny, physical, attractive, perky, has the ability to play someone who is sexy (but not overtly so) and intelligent. She even has a passing physical similarity to Myrna Loy.

  7. I totally recommend everyone to watch all of the Thin Man movies prior to watching the remake. It would be a great idea to use the same dog in the movie The Artist to play Asta. That’s one smart dog. Johnny Depp, I know you’re an awesome actor, but I think you have a dry humor tendency compared to William Powell. I hope you can match his natural humor. I dont want to see Jack Sparrow. I know you’ll do your best in the upcoming Thin Man. Nicole Kidman would make a good Nora Charles.

    Sincerely,

    Louis M.
    Hollywood, CA

  8. They Need to cast Lea Thompson or Tina Fey as Nora.

  9. And whomever they cast. they need to sign them to a 5 picture deal so they can remake the entire series. release them every other year. I love the originals, they are really timeless stories and will do very well if the producers keep the budget on the tight side.

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