Monday, May 09, 2011

Rob Marshall to Direct Johnny Depp in The Thin Man

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Several weeks ago we reported that Johnny Depp's contemporary adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's 1934 novel The Thin Man was moving forward with screenwriter Jerry Stahl.

Now we're learning that the film has a director, Rob Marshall, who worked with Depp on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Depp will play Nick Charles, a retired private detective who teams up with his wife Nora (not yet cast) to investigate 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 published only one novel and one short story featuring the New York socialites, six films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy based on the characters were released between 1934 and 1947.

The Thin Man, a Warner Bros. production, is set for a 2013 release.

(Source: The Wrap.)

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