David Koepp has been brought in to pen the script for The Thin Man, a remake of the 1934 classic of the same name that Johnny Depp set up with Warner Brothers last year through his Infinitum Nihil banner.
The original movie was based on a 1934 novel by Dashiell Hammett, also called The Thin Man. It was one of what would become a six–film series, all of which starred William Powell and Myrna Loy as a married couple—he a former private detective and she a socialite—who sit around drinking together in Prohibition-era New York City before deciding to solve a murder.
Depp will star in the role of Nick, which Powell played, and it is currently unknown who will be cast to play his wife, Nora. The movie will be directed by Rob Marshall, who just worked with Depp on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It’s said that they hope to take the first two of the aforementioned six–film series and compress them into one film using the same stylized period presentation that Guy Ritchie used in Sherlock Holmes.
Koepp has worked on numerous screenplays, with credits including Jurassic Park and The Lost World, Carlito’s Way, Mission: Impossible, Panic Room, Spider-Man, Angels & Demons, and the upcoming Men in Black III. He also wrote and directed The Trigger Effect, Stir of Echoes, and Secret Window, which starred Depp.