Johnny Depp’s ‘Thin Man’ Remake Delayed

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 1:47 pm,

Warner Bros. has halted production on Johnny Depp’s remake of The Thin Man. The adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel – which would have seen Depp reteam with his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall – was expected to start shooting in November. However, it now it looks like Marshall will be moving on to direct Into The Woods, leaving the thriller in production limbo.

No reason has been given for the delay on The Thin Man, which wasn’t officially given the green-light – although the reported $100 million budget for the period thriller may have caused the studio to have second thoughts. Depp has been one of the biggest box office draws over the last decade; but his last few non-Jack Sparrow roles have failed to make a dent at the US box office. Dark Shadows has grossed an anaemic $75 million domestically (although it has banked over $200 million worldwide), while last year’s The Rum Diary grossed just $23 million globally. Even Depp’s 2010 team-up with Angelina Jolie – The Tourist - failed to ignite audience interest, grossing $67 million at the US box office, although it did score big on the international scene where it banked an additional $210 million.

Depp is currently working on the troubled The Lone Ranger, a film which was originally delayed when Disney wanted to bring its budget down from $275 million to a more manageable $215 million. However, recent reports indicate that the cost of the film is rising towards its original figure, something which is worrying Disney brass due to the untested material, and the fact that Depp is playing side-kick Tonto and not the titular Ranger. Looks like they might need a loan arranger rather than a Lone Ranger (zing!).

thin man remake Johnny Depp’s Thin Man Remake Delayed

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

Warner Bro. has denied to Deadline that there is a problem with the film, although it is believed that Depp wants to take some time between projects – something which sounds perfectly reasonable given his split from long-term partner Vanessa Paradis. In recent times, the studio has been wary of green-lighting big-budget films which might be a financial risk at the box office, with the studio scrapping Arthur & Lancelot and Akira when they couldn’t be made for a reasonable figure.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Warner Bros. waits until next year to see how The Lone Ranger does at the box office before they give it the green-light. However, expect a much slimmer budget – if The Thin Man does indeed go before cameras.

Source: Deadline

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  1. depp and will smith want tooo much money .. and they are not even big box office draws .. if you make a good movie people , and you market it well people will see it .. plain and simple..

    • “…not even big box office draws.”

      You ARE joking, right???

    • you obviously do not know much about movie math, so please shut up about it.

      very good movies flop every day.

      very mediocre depp & will smith films make hundreds of millions.

  2. if they need a new director or something to work with depp, warner brothers should try chris nolan and bump the release date back a bit, it would be something odd and out of left field to hear about and fun for a least me, i always luv the idea of johnny working with chris on something after hearing early rumors of him playing the riddler way back when, i guess theres always a wish list.

  3. On paper a $100 million budget sounds ludicrous for this.
    It could and should be made for far less and that’s the rub.

  4. I have to agree this could easily be made for far, far less. With the flops of John Carter and Battleship studios seem to be worried about big budget movies causing diminishing returns.

  5. Probably best that this movie never gets made. Have to say though, I would love to see a ‘Night Stalker’ movie if he plays it like a straight up homage to Darren Mcgavin’s version of Carl Kolchak (cheap suit, hat and all). The show was pretty damn scary for its time.

  6. The picture of William Powell and Myrna Loy is from the film The Thin Man Goes Home, not the original, and super fantastic, The Thin Man.

  7. Personally, the Thin Man movie series is probably my absolute favorite ever. Johnny Depp gets better box-office sales with high action fast speaking roles. The subtle cheeky comedy the Thin Man presents is quite different from his usual, and it probably was a good idea to delay production. Further, I think Collin Ferrell would be a better choice. This is a careful role which must not be overplayed. Johnny Depp is great, but I just don’t think he’s the right guy for this. As for the woman to play Myrna Loy, none of the prospects listed seemed suitable. Zooey Deschanel could nail it, and it seems like something she would be interested in. I knows there’s business politics in casting, but I was able to name two way better matches for the role in just a few minutes. I Really can’t blame them for postponing production, and I really hope they don’t mess this up. You just shouldn’t mess with perfection…

  8. The Thin Man (1934) took less than two weeks to shoot at a fraction of a fraction of what this remake will ask for, and in my opinion the greatest movie of all time. That is when Tinseltown was Hollywoodland. This remake will do nothing but make the best movie of all time nothing more than a punchline. Why don’t you corporate Hollywood fat cats find some other movie’s legacy to tarnesh. Mr. Moto perhaps, or Charlie Chan.