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Johnny Depp's 'Thin Man' update gets a screenwriter
As Johnny Depp waits to see if his update on "The Lone Ranger" will ever be made at Disney, he won't be resting on his laurels.
Things are starting to ramp up on the Depp-driven remake of 1934's comedy-thriller "The Thin Man," which starred William Powell and Myrna Loy and spawned a slew of successful sequels and a TV series.
According to Deadline.com, screenwriter David Koepp has been brought on board to pen the Warner Bros. film which will reunite Depp with his "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director Rob Marshall. Depp will produce with his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski, Langley Park’s Kevin McCormick, Marshall and John DeLuca.
In "The Thin Man," Depp will play the lead role of ex-detective Nick who, along with his charming wife Nora, gets involved in a series of light-hearted criminal jams, usually with a mixed drink in his hands.
Sounds like the sort of role that Depp alter egos Jack Sparrow and Hunter S. Thompson would approve of.