Director Rob Marshall will reunite with his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides star Johnny Depp for the long-discussed adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's 1933 detective novel The Thin Man.
Official word came today from Warner Bros., which also confirmed a report from March that novelist and screenwriter Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight) will pen the script.
Famously adapted in 1934 as a comic detective film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, The Thin Man centers on private eye turned professional drunk Nick Charles, his wealthy-socialite wife Nora and their schnauzer Asta. Nick and Nora are drawn into the investigation of a murder involving an eccentric inventor and his grotesque family, trading banter and downing alcohol as they solve the case. The movie spawned five sequels.
Marshall and John DeLuca's LUCAMAR Productions will produce the new version with Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski of Infinitum Nihil, and Kevin McCormick of Langley Park Pictures.
“John and I are overjoyed at the idea of working with Johnny again, especially on such a classy and classic project," Marshall said in a statement. "We are also thrilled to be partnering this time with such wonderful producers as Christi Dembroski and Kevin McCormick, and we are looking forward to working with Warner Bros. to create a reinvention of a beloved story.”