The original film, based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, was released in 1934 with William Powell and Myrna Loy in the leading roles. In this version, Depp will play Nick Charles, a private detective married to a wealthy socialite, Nora. The pair, along with their dog, Asta, work together to solve cases. The original film spawned five sequels and a television series.
Though the titular “thin man” of the first film was a reference to a corpse that begins the story, the title, much like the “Pink Panther” series, became more of a reference to Nick himself, beginning with the first sequel, The Thin Man Returns.
“John and I are overjoyed at the idea of working with Johnny again,” says Marshall of the project, “especially on such a classy and classic project. 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.”
Marshall and Depp’s first film together, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, hits theaters on May 20th.