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Johnny Depp wants to make The Thin Man again with Rob Marshall

10.20.2010
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Who likes an alcoholic that solves murders? I know I do.

So does Johnny Depp who wants to do a new version of THE THIN MAN, a novel written back in 1934 by Dashiell Hammett. The plot centered on, "Nick Charles who after marrying wealthy, young socialite Norah gives up a career as a hard-boiled gumshoe to become a semi-professional alcoholic and full-time trophy husband." Hammett never created any sequels, but it did spawn a six film franchise starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. There was also a television series on NBC that only ran for a very short time from 1957 to 1959.

It turns out that Depp really wants his director from his most current film, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, Rob Marshall to helm the film.

Depp is getting the film set up over at Warner Bros. The studio has also slapped together a short list of screenwriters to pen the script. On that list are the names of three directors-- Terry Rossio (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN), Jerry Stahl (PERMANENT MIDNIGHT) and Christopher McQuarrie (THE USUAL SUSPECTS).

Of course, Depp wants the lead role of Nick. He said this about the project, "The Thin Man has long been a favorite of mine and with Rob at the helm, I know we're in great hands." Warner Bros. Pictures president Jeff Robinov added this, "There is no one more perfectly suited to portray Nick Charles than Johnny Depp." The plan is to take the elements of the first two THIN MAN films and condense them into one film. It will be true to the period and given a "SHERLOCK HOLMES-like stylized treatment".

Extra Tidbit: To check out the original trailer from 1934 for THE THIN MAN head here.
Source: VultureDeadline

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8:45AM on 10/21/2010
Johnny Depp could definitely do Nick Charles. As long as they find the right person for Nora, I'm on board. I'm a big Hammett fan. I hope they don't try to modernize it though, or people will be wondering why he's drinking so much.
Johnny Depp could definitely do Nick Charles. As long as they find the right person for Nora, I'm on board. I'm a big Hammett fan. I hope they don't try to modernize it though, or people will be wondering why he's drinking so much.
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1:17AM on 10/21/2010
This could be good.
This could be good.
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11:03PM on 10/20/2010
I like this new trend of Depp steering away from Burton a bit. This and The Tourist look promising. Depp is capable of doing great movie without his go to director even though I am a huge fan of Burton (i.e. What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Blow, Pirates Franchise).
I like this new trend of Depp steering away from Burton a bit. This and The Tourist look promising. Depp is capable of doing great movie without his go to director even though I am a huge fan of Burton (i.e. What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Blow, Pirates Franchise).
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10:20PM on 10/20/2010
Its always amazed me that this hasn't happened sooner,hope they keep it in the 1930s.
Its always amazed me that this hasn't happened sooner,hope they keep it in the 1930s.
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10:02PM on 10/20/2010

The Thin Man Returns!

The Thin Man franchise is easily my favorite. Depp can do romantic screwball for sure, as long as this is done right I'm on board!
The Thin Man franchise is easily my favorite. Depp can do romantic screwball for sure, as long as this is done right I'm on board!
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8:27PM on 10/20/2010

Oh, Depp

....you just fuckin' LOVE that British accent, don't you? Haha

Could be dope though...
....you just fuckin' LOVE that British accent, don't you? Haha

Could be dope though...
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8:48AM on 10/21/2010
Nick Charles isn't British. He's supposed to be a first-generation Greek-American.
Nick Charles isn't British. He's supposed to be a first-generation Greek-American.
10:11AM on 10/21/2010
Touche. I guess I'd seen Murder by Death much more recently, in which David Niven plays "Dick" Charleston...
Touche. I guess I'd seen Murder by Death much more recently, in which David Niven plays "Dick" Charleston...
8:01PM on 10/20/2010

Could be fun....

...if they can pair Mr. D. up with a smart, spunky partner. I think the chemistry between the two leads is pretty critical to this working.
...if they can pair Mr. D. up with a smart, spunky partner. I think the chemistry between the two leads is pretty critical to this working.
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