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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 9, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Johnny Depp to star in remake of “The Thin Man”

I’ve been grumbling about this project for a while, while it was in the rumor stages, but now it looks to be true: Warner Bros. announced today that Rob Marshall, who recently directed Johnny Depp in the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” mvoie, will direct him in a remake of “The Thin Man,” the 1934 William Powell/Myrna Loy caper/comedy that’s sheer perfection and should not be trifled with. Jerry Stahl, best known for the book “Permanent Midnight” (later turned into a movie), the screenplay to “Bad Boys II” and a few “Moonlighting” episodes, is attached to write the script. (No doubt he got the gig because of “Moonlighting,” which at its best reached a witty “Thin Man”-ish tone, but time will tell if he’s the right writer for the job.) Ah well. I love Depp (though I think Robert Downey Jr. would be better cast as Nick Charles), and we shall see. No announcement yet of who will play Nora; who do you think would be best? May I humbly suggest Jennifer Westfeldt? Or, if they’re going for an A-lister, the filmmakers could do worse than consider Sandra Bullock, no?
Just a reminder of the chemistry they’re going to have to duplicate:

That’s the first time we see Nick and Nora together, in the early scenes of “The Thin Man.” Match that, Marshall.

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