Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are serious about remaking The Thin Man, and it appears nothing will stop them. After hiring Jerry Stahl to pen the script, Variety says they’ve now turned to David Koepp to finish it. Koepp – having penned Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park and Brian De Palma’s Carlito’s Way – has been been working as a go-to “closer” for a while, polishing or finishing drafts of recent Spielberg films like War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and recently did work on the troubled Men in Black III.
More than anything this means it’s a go project, and the filmmakers want to get this made as soon as possible. With Gore Verbinski and Depp’s The Lone Ranger falling apart, likely Depp has a hole in his schedule before they make the next set of Pirates of the Caribbean films.
The original is a delight, and stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as a pair of detectives who solve most of their cases whilst hungover. That may have been the appeal of this project, as it seems every Johnny Depp film now involve him playing a lush. Koepp isn’t a great sign (his filmography is littered with clunkers), but he’s someone that studios trust to deliver a script.
Do you like watching Depp play drunk?