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Is Warner Bros losing its enthusiasm for a Johnny Depp/Rob Marshall remake of The Thin Man?

06.22.2012

Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall

It wasn't long ago that Warner Bros was happily gearing up to fund a remake of 1934's THE THIN MAN starring Johnny Depp and directed by Rob Marshall (ON STRANGER TIDES), but if the rumors are to be believed then that isn't quite the case anymore.

While the movie may still be made, it's going to be delayed for some time as the studio and star work together to bring down the budget from its current territory of above $100 million.  Why a detective tale based on a book by Dashiell Hammett needs over $100 million to be made is beyond me, unless it's for period recreation purposes.  Or Johnny Depp's character is investigating a supernatural coyote attack.  One of the two.  Whatever the reason, Warner Bros can't have been much pleased by the performance of DARK SHADOWS, a movie which showed that Depp's box-office draw might not be what it once was.

The studio claims that all is well and that the movie had never technically been greenlit in the first place, as 1) a female lead has not yet been found and 2) Depp wants to take more time off between movies anyway.  But be there drama or no, the movie definitely won't shoot in November as planned.  Word is Rob Marshall will first direct an adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical INTO THE WOODS and then, provided the budget has been wrangled, move on over to THE THIN MAN.

The Thin Man trio

Extra Tidbit: What do you think folks like Johnny Depp do with all of the money that they make?
Source: Deadline

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11:20PM on 06/22/2012

go away Rob Marshall

...at least away from Depp. Alright, the script was a bit weak as well but the concept was cool -- can't forgive you for On Stranger Tides though. What an underwhelming disappointment.
...at least away from Depp. Alright, the script was a bit weak as well but the concept was cool -- can't forgive you for On Stranger Tides though. What an underwhelming disappointment.
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4:02PM on 06/22/2012
I really didn't like POTC 4, so as of now I'm neutral on this project.. Once the name "Depp" is enough to sell any new films to me, but not so much that case anymore. Its funny how in the 90's almost ALL the budgets of all the movies(except for Sleepy Hollow) of Depp combined woudn't be more than 100-150M in total, but today a simple noir detective film's budget is rocketing north of a 100M....Its even more ironic if we compare the qualities of post-POTC movies with pre-POTC ones. I love
I really didn't like POTC 4, so as of now I'm neutral on this project.. Once the name "Depp" is enough to sell any new films to me, but not so much that case anymore. Its funny how in the 90's almost ALL the budgets of all the movies(except for Sleepy Hollow) of Depp combined woudn't be more than 100-150M in total, but today a simple noir detective film's budget is rocketing north of a 100M....Its even more ironic if we compare the qualities of post-POTC movies with pre-POTC ones. I love Depp's works since I first saw DONNIE BRASCO, so it pains me to say that he REALLY should pull himself together (actingwise).
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2:29PM on 06/22/2012
Yay! One less movie that'll be made by that hack Marshall! How he keeps getting work baffles me.
Yay! One less movie that'll be made by that hack Marshall! How he keeps getting work baffles me.
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9:14AM on 06/22/2012
Tidbit: Finally paid Vanessa Paradis off?

Too soon?
Tidbit: Finally paid Vanessa Paradis off?

Too soon?
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8:16AM on 06/22/2012
This new layout really doesn't like umlauts in screen-names, does it? I've just spent 10 minutes trying to figure out a way of logging in via the site's old look. Brilliant.

Click on my 'MFC PROFILE' link: I don't exist.
This new layout really doesn't like umlauts in screen-names, does it? I've just spent 10 minutes trying to figure out a way of logging in via the site's old look. Brilliant.

Click on my 'MFC PROFILE' link: I don't exist.
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7:52AM on 06/22/2012
I can think of no reason for this movie to cost more that $100 million, so while I'm a fan of the book, movie, and Johnny Depp, and think he'd make a great Nick Charles, I'm glad Warner Bros. is tightening their purse strings.
I can think of no reason for this movie to cost more that $100 million, so while I'm a fan of the book, movie, and Johnny Depp, and think he'd make a great Nick Charles, I'm glad Warner Bros. is tightening their purse strings.
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3:05PM on 06/22/2012
I agree. There is no reason that this movie can't be made for under 40 million (and I think even that's too much)!!!! Not ever movie needs to be a big budget movie.
I agree. There is no reason that this movie can't be made for under 40 million (and I think even that's too much)!!!! Not ever movie needs to be a big budget movie.
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