Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Johnny Depp's The Thin Man Adaptation Gets Screenwriter

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
More information about the book

It's been a few months since we've had any news on Johnny Depp's planned contemporary adaptation of The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett. But today we're learning that author and screenwriter Jerry Stahl (Moonlighting, CSI) will pen the film's script. Depp's first choice to direct, Rob Marshall (Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), is still considered the frontrunner.

Published in 1934, the book was the basis for The Thin Man, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as New York socialites Nick and Nora Charles, who are drawn into investigating the disappearance of an eccentric inventor and the murder of his secretary. The titular character actually refers to the missing man, Clyde Wynant. Though Hammett never wrote a sequel -- indeed, it was his last published book -- Nick and Nora Charles were featured in a total of six films, released from 1934 through 1947.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

1 comment:

  1. While Hammett did not write another novel with Nick and Nora, he did write another story involving the characters. Found in MGM archives and reprinted in "The New Black Mask" #5 and #6 (1986), Hammett wrote a story called "After the Thin Man".

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