David Koepp Takes The Thin Man

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David Koepp has signed on to write the script for the upcoming Rob Marshall remake of The Thin Man, Deadline reports.

Set for Johnny Depp to headline, the project is based on the popular 1934 film that starred William Powell and Myrna Loy, in turn based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. 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.

One of Hollywood’s A-list scribes, Koepp’s credits include Jurassic Park, Spider-Man and War of the Worlds. Upcoming projects includes Premium Rush and Men in Black III.