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Jerry Stahl writing THE THIN MAN; Johnny Depp to star, Rob Marshall still on to direct

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 22nd, 2011

When you are as big a name as someone like Johnny Depp, projects get tossed around with your name attached like a game of football.

However, it’s a remake that is apparently heading to the goal line, at least if THR is to be believed.

The outlet has revealed that BAD BOYS II scribe Jerry Stahl has been hired to pen the script for the upcoming remake of THE THIN MAN, which currently has Depp and ON STRANGER TIDES director Rob Marshall attached as actor and director. The really interesting thing to note here is that Stahl apparently beat out names like PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN scribe Terry Rossio and THE TOURIST writer Christopher McQuarrie for the gig, which for all intents and purposes appears to be quite a hot one.

THE THIN MAN is based on a book penned by the iconic Dashiell Hammett, and follows Nick Charles, who after marrying into wealth, becomes an alcoholic, only to team with his wife to solve a murder. Backed by WB, the film will remain in the period setting of the novel, but will be given some sort of modern aesthetic, leaving many to think that the classic may be getting the SHERLOCK HOLMES treatment.

Now, personally, while I have my reservations about a remake of the film in the first place, the idea of Depp playing a drunk gumshoe definitely has me interested. The original film is an all-time classic, so that will not have its reputation tarnished in any sense of the word, so why not? This is one I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on, if it ever actually gets made.

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