Rob Marshall Confirmed For The Thin Man

Depp gets his director

Though this one was all but inevitable, there is now full confirmation that Rob Marshall is on board to direct the remake of The Thin Man, which will star his current Pirates cohort Johnny Depp.

Permanent Midnight’s Jerry Stahl has penned the script for this new version of the 1934 original, maintaining a lot of the storyline about a former detective (William Powell in the ‘30s film) and his socialite wife (Myrna Loy) who somehow still manage to get tangled up in mysteries.

It’s not clear quite how much will change or what will be updated in this new adaptation of Dashiel Hammett’s fifth and final novel, but Depp will take over the Powell role of Nick Charles.

According to Variety, Marshall – who was badgered by Depp constantly on the set of On Stranger Tides to take the job – wants to honour the original film’s intent as part of the remake. Which we hope means no huge CGI set pieces. Doubt that would happen anyway as Depp, who’s also producing the movie, is a big fan of the 1934 film. Warner Bros. will be coughing up the cash for this one, though there’s no word on a start date just yet since both Depp and his director will be busy flogging the latest Pirates outing and the actor has a date with Tim Burton to shoot Dark Shadows in his diary already.