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Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp reteam to remake THE THIN MAN

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here.

Is Johnny Depp overexposed? Yep. Is it a bad idea to try to recapture the lightning in a bottle perfectness of the original Thin Man series? Absolutely. With all that true, why am I curious about this one? I don't hate the idea of Rob Marshall directing or Depp playing Nick Charles, which I'm finding a little shocking to find out about myself.

I thought for sure I'd hate the very concept of touching this series, which is a tough shell to crack for any filmmaker or star. Nick and Nora Charles were the perfect sleuthing couple, one of the very best husband/wife teams in the history of cinema, but so much of what made that work was the time period of the stories... the '30s and '40s elite social circles were so much classier and interesting than a bunch of mega rich guys in mansions playing with oil stocks and shit.

Also there was a crazy chemistry between the absolutely adorable Myrna Loy and William Powell that cemented the relationship. This is a husband/wife team that get each other, love the other for their strengths and worship the other for their weaknesses.

Funny, touching, but not cloying or pandering... That's tough. With Johnny Depp playing Nick we know we have an actor that can bring real depth and emotion to the character as well as handle the broader comedy, but the real clincher is going to be in who they cast as Nora. Rachel Weisz jumps to mind, but who knows where they'll end up going.

If anything, use this remake as an excuse to see the original Thin Man films... you won't be disappointed.

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  • May 9, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by mr.underwater

    Without Powell and Loy, Thin Man flicks are really generic whodunnits.

  • May 9, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Nora is meant to be obviously YOUNGER...

    by expert_40

    ... than Nick, a socialite from a wealthy family who adores the hard-scrabble former police detective Nick Charles. So, we have Depp, and his perfect match as Nora would be, and could only be... ... Anne Hathaway. She is the most perfect Nora I can think of, because she has a grace and beauty of a bygone era in Hollywood. Couldn't you see her in any of those old films from the 30's & 40's, trading barbs with Cary Grant or Bogey? I know I can. It's Hathaway or NOTHING.

  • May 9, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    horrible idea

    by mikkoscassadine

    was some coked up movie exec banging a hooker while the hotel television was on turner classics and said to himself" Hey, this will make a good remake"? there is no way they could even capture an ounce of the magic that Powell and Loy displayed.

  • May 9, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Makes more sense than Jennifer Garner as Miss Marple

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • May 9, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    drew barrymore

    by mike allegretto

    drew barrymore would be perfect for the role!

  • May 9, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Amy Adams

    by langston76

  • That was a pretty decent show my folks watched when I was younger. I think their butler/assistant was named Max and they had a dog or something..? I've only heard of this thin man thing, which predates Hart to Hart by a number of decades. Reminds me of Munsters and Addams Family being pretty similar, although I heard of Munsters first and never knew of Addams Family until the late great Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and rackilicious (now) Christina Ricci movie version.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    An obvious money grab...

    by Damned if I can login

    In the same vein as The Pink Panther remakes. And no matter who is cast, who is writing, who is directing, and on and on and will still pale in comparison to the originals, which were literally lightning in a bottle. Not that I make a career of naysaying, but in this case (as well as with the F-brothers proposed 3 Stooges remake/whatever) I'll go out on a limb and say that it'll be immensely forgettable....which is what the originals were NOT. Wait, I'm wrong here. I predict that this remake will be forgettable. Not necessarily bad....but definitely forgettable. The 3 Stooges whatever *won't* be forgettable however. It will be a disaster of epic proportions, yes....and as such will be *very* difficult to forget.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Who's playing Asta?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    That's all I really care about.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    And yes, if not done in the same period, this will blow massive chunks.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Do it "Ed Wood" style, right down to the black and white, and I'd dig it.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by Mr Lucas

    Yes, I believe Hart to Hart (the dog was called Freeway wasn't it?) was a TV version of The Thin Man, as was Moonlighting I expect. Sorry, but Depp is wrong for this role. He cannot play an ordinary guy - he has never been one. He should stick to mugging and gurning in his 'hilarious' turns as various grotesques.When he plays it straight, he's duller than Keanu on Valium.

  • May 9, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Nora = Megan Fox

    by JethroBodine

    Gotta get the guys asses in the seats too! GO HOLLYWOOD GO!

  • May 9, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    This will be great

    by joel007

    This movie is going to be of the period of the original films. which is awesome. Nora= Kate Winslet

  • May 9, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    joel007: Kate Winslet is right on the fucking money.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I mean, if they really are going to do this, she would be awesome.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    set in present day = FAIL

    by KonkBob

  • May 9, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    The guy who said Amy Adams...

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    Is right on the fucking money. See, in picking an actress to be Nora Charles, you have to look at both the character and how amazingly Myrna Loy took the role and killed it for anyone who would try to follow her. 25 years ago, I would have said Meryl Streep and it would have been a no-brainer. The way Nora Charles was played, her sexiness came from a sly wit matched with an aloof nature of someone who was inexperienced, but always game for a new case. If you remember, Nick (who, as much as I love Depp as an actor, this is a Clooney Role if there ever was one) didn't even want to sleuth anymore, he was sort of brought into it. It was Nora's thirst for adventure (the very thing that drew her to Nick in the first place) demanded that Nick take a look at the case. The problem I have with this is that you can almost be assured that this will be an "origin" story, where audiences will be force fed the entire Nick/Nora courtship, instead of accepting them as newlyweds. I'm against that, because the focus leaves the characters they run into, or the case itself, and centers on why or how a wealthy socialite like Nora could get mixed up with a rough and tumble Detective like Nick. I simply think audiences would be more interested in HOW a rough and tumble Detective is dealing with the trappings of being newly rich, and how after marrying up, so to speak, he finds that shady dealings always seem to pop up, regardless of class levels. It's a great concept to be remade, but only if you stay within the concept that makes the story what it is. More importantly...make it fun. I'm 33, but I have loved the Thin Man movies since my early 20's; the thing that drew me in was the effortless chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy. I believed they were a couple, and so I didn't need to go into their backstories. I just needed to see them interact and do what they did so well. I only wish filmmakers could trust their audiences nearly as much today.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Important questions....

    by radioflyer

    1. Does this take place in contemporary times or back in the 30's and 40's? 2. Isn't Johnny getting sick of remakes and sequels yet? The "renegade" actor thing is starting to get a little hard to play out.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Alcoholics are hilarious and make for great sleuths.

    by fustfick

    The comedy in the Thin Man movies all revolves around Nick Charles being a goddamn drunk who married a rich dame so he doesn't have to work and can remain drunk all the time. Today's PC audiences might have a hard time with it. But Depp is probably the ONLY modern actor who can pull this off. He's played lots of charming druggies and drunks and audiences continue to embrace his characters (look at Jack Sparrow for christsakes). I'll be brining a flask to this one for sure.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Could be an excellent movie.

    by Fatesmith

    I can't see Depp and Marshall wanting to do THE THIN MAN as anything other than a period piece. The 1930's had so much style and sensual details. So many possibilities for great visuals and set pieces. As far as it being a bad idea for a remake; come on. It's been over seventy years since they've made a movie of Dashiell Hammett's novel. Revisiting the material could be cool. Besides, I already own all the movies and the novel. I agree that Anne Hathaway could make a good promising Nora Charles. That's by far the harder of the two roles to cast too. Amy Adams might be an interesting take as well. It should definitely be a beautiful actress with comedy chops at any rate. @jesiah: HART TO HART was in fact Sidney Sheldon's watered down for tv take on THE THIN MAN. MOONLIGHTING on the other hand, was not. MOONLIGHTING drew it's primary inspiration from the movies made starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, like ADAM'S RIB, PAT AND MIKE, and WOMAN OF THE YEAR. David Addison had a relationship built on romantic tension fueled sparring and bickering between themselves. Nick and Nora were crazy about each other and never fought.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    At least he's playing a normal fucking person.

    by ROBRAM89

    No more Sexy Depp or Wacky Depp.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    This film can be set in contemporary times.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    In fact, I think it would be made more interesting. Rich people are still bored and rich. Poor people still want to be rich and not have to work. People still drink. People still fall madly in love with others. I think you can take the concepts of the first film and marry them to today. Make Nora Charles known for being a bored socialite in the vein of Paris Hilton or Patty Hearst. This is a conceit that would make it hard for Nick to do any real detective work because he's married to a wealthy media darling. These two would be seen stumbling out of night spots with their pictures plastered everywhere. It could be an interesting take. But again, make it fun. Make Nick Charles the functioning yet disgruntled drunk he is. This is completely doable.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by Brian Tatosky

    Stop what you are doing, go buy tickets for "The Thrilling Adventure Hour" at Largo in Los Angeles, and watch Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster in "Beyond Belief", one of the segments of the show. If you've watched this, then you'll *know* who needs to play Nick and Nora Charles in a Thin Man movie. Yes, it's a more comedic take, and yes they get involved with ghosts and the supernatural, but I've yet to see two people with the charm and patter of Powell and Loy, in frankly, films that rapidly nosedive after the first. If you disagree, shoot yourselves in the head, because you are WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Do yourself a favor, see the show, and let's all pretend like this movie idea doesn't exist.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Marion Cotillard as Nora

    by thelordofhell

  • May 9, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by Dasinfogod

    Okay, as has been mentioned above, alot of this will be reliant on whether or not this take will be contemporary or period. First off, Nick has to be an "older" man, and Depp still has a very youthful look, despite his 47 years. He's a gumshoe and a bit of a rough character, but able to slip easily from tuxedo to work clothes and back again without missing a beat. He's living off of his wife's cash, but they are both okay with it... Of course, Nora HAS to be conspicuously younger, but an "old soul", as it were, to relate to Nick. Fun loving, but NOT ditzy, classy, but not a snob. She's fascinated with some of the low-lifes her husband hangs out with, but welcomes them without judgment. Her society friends look down on her choice of husband, but Nora don't give a shit. There's the crux: what combo of actors would be pleasing together, breezy, and still socially unacceptable to contemporary audiences? Somebody mentioned Anne Hathaway, and I think that's a good call; she could easily play it contemporary or period, is the right age, and has great comic timing. I still think Depp is just too youthful for the role. Who else? Who's a good middle aged actor who would raise eyebrows married to Hathaway? Maybe George Clooney for a period flavor, but I'll submit a contemporary retelling should go for broke and cast Denzel Washington. Imagine it, Nora hooking up with some of Denzel's homies and shocking her rich friends. Meanwhile, he knows the streets AND looks sharp in a tuxedo - one foot in both worlds. No studio would ever have the balls, though.

  • How about we all pretend that virtualbri's post doesn't exist. Why? Mainly because through his post, while enthusiastic, he obviously believes that the financial holding companies who fund Hollywood productions are based in Fantasyland. No one in their right mind would bank on and fund a movie starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster. Now I say that knowing that both are VERY talented people who would serve any comedy proudly. BUT, when securing funding for a high-concept remake, you don't do it by casting C-list actors. It's sad that many of you have to be reminded that Studio-based filmmaking is a business, and as such, things have to be planned in order to turn a profit. While I don't agree at all with every decision made, I also am not nearly naive enough to think that a film can make its money back using a cast you think should play a certain role without that cast having any level of bankability whatsoever. To do otherwise is an act of lunacy, and only yields conversations no one can ever take even remotely seriously. For example, I'll see your Paul F. Tompkins and raise you the corpse of Jesus H. Christ. Because both have the same exact likelihood of being Nick Charles in a remake of The Thin Man.

  • May 9, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    How about

    by Mr Lucas

    Anne Hathaway and Paul Giamatti? Now there's an unlikely-looking combo. Giamatti's also good in pretty much anything.

  • May 9, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Sweet God in Heaven

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    I love those movies. Some of the few films I can watch over and over and feel good (and a little drunk) every time.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    The Thin Man And The Zeitgeist

    by SutureSelf

    <p>Aside from the obvious problems of equaling the chemistry of Powell and Loy and the wit of the screenplay, any remake of "The Thin Man" has to deal with the zeitgeist of 2011-12. This is regardless of in which period the story is set.</p> <p>The original movie was made in 1934. Prohibition had just ended in 1933. While Nick and Nora may look to us like a couple of charming sots, they represented to the original audience the exercise of a newly reestablished freedom, the country having entered, as it were, an orgy of legal inebriation. Whether the new movie is set now or then, its audience cannot approach it with the same received knowledge the original's audience had going in. While it's possible today to make a movie with wit and magical casting, without the extra dimension that Nick and Nora's ubiquitous martini glasses represented in 1934, a new "The Thin Man" would be a remake in name only.</p>

  • May 9, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    This Needs To Be a Period Piece

    by Grimjack99

    This needs to be set in the '30s, given the amount of alcohol consumed during the film. If it were set in contemporary times, there'd be questions of how Nick and Nora were alcoholics, as opposed to socialites.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Mr. and Mrs. Smith

    by NoHubris

    A Brad and Angelina sequel would be better. Besides, the suits likely got the idea after watching Depp and Joilie in THE TOURIST.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Can they please stop casting Johhy Depp in EVERYTHING!!!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    He more overexposed than Angeline Jolie at this point! Its not like he that great of an actor anyways!

  • May 9, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    I like Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams a ton, but Kate Winslet...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...looks like a late-30s movie star. She has a real "womanly" thing going on. Hathaway and Adams feel too "girly" for Nora. And crazybubba, if you mean Mila Kunis, you ARE crazy. ;) The redhead, on the other hand, hmmm.... that's a thought.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Laura Prepon

    by WriteForTheEdit

    That's the redhead's name... Too bad she's not really a movie star. And a bit older.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Wow Hollywood

    by CT1

    Now you're digging all the way back to the fucking 30'S for material? There's still plenty of decades left for you to fucking leech from, I mean sure you've completely raped the 80's and left just a fucking SKELETON of all the things that made people's childhoods special and inspired them, things they loved deeply and cared about and got excited about. Now look at it; you've milked just about every last nostalgic thing from the 80's we had.. soon as you finally get around to ol' "Robotech" there, it'll be official. Sure, you've dabbled in and out of the 70's, still plenty of good stuff in the 60's, but fuck, is there really only a finite amount of ideas that can exist? Can the human mind of coming up with a limited amount of concepts given a fixed amount of variables in the environment? I can't even imagine how you can pull remaking the Thin Man without basically coming up with a new creation fucking ANYWAYS, using the same names and throwing in references to the original. Why even fucking BOTHER?!?!

  • May 9, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Oh that's right

    by CT1

    That much sought-after and aggressively chased 50+ demographic, duh

  • I kid, I kid!

  • May 9, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    They should have just got the guy who plays House MD

    by mr.underwater

    Since he already just does a Powell impression week after week anyway.

  • May 9, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    One big difference between now and then

    by Warren Fahy

    They put the booze away back then. I was watching one of the Thin Man movies a couple weeks ago and it was a running joke how much alcohol they all put away. If you tried to do a drinking game where you drank every time they reached for the booze, the average person today wouldn't make it past the first act. I mean, whoah! But that had another effect. Just as LSD, pot, X and crack have had their effect on music, the booze intake back in the day had an effect on movies and music. Big, boisterous, uninhibited and full-blooded characters and delivery, bit bawdy and bare-knuckled personalities duking it out. We've got a much more sober, softspoken, understated and, frankly, boring status quo in the puritanical present. Anyway, check out just how much sauce they put away in the originals -- it will blow your mind and explain why life expectancy was about 10 or 15 years less back then. But they sure lived BIG during their 65 years...

  • May 9, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Only watch if Depp plays Asta . . .

    by theKRELL

    If you saw 'The Tourist', the role of a dog would hardly be a stretch . . .

  • May 9, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    This is a movie

    by ZooTrain

    That doesn't need to happen. 1. The originals are in a league of their own. 2. No modern audience is clamoring for a remake. Most of today's movie-going public hasn't heard of the source material. Why bother?

  • May 9, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Something is happening

    by kurgan1

    ...but you don't know what it is. Do you, mister jones?

  • May 9, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    that's ok Quint!


    I'll fucking hate on it for ya

  • May 9, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    To: thenotoriousdrb

    by Brian Tatosky

    Johnny Depp is that you? Or is it Rob Marshall? It's always nice to get lectured by anonymous condescending know-it-alls over the Internet. WHAT? Hollywood is a *business*? Next you'll tell me that over the to ranting in a talkback wont have any effect on film-making at all. I can think of 100 better casting and directing choices; just happened that Paul and Paget came to mind first, since I just saw their show, and they do a lovely version just about every month. Is they not bankable as a movie? Who the fuck knows? So was Sharlito Copley in District 9 right? Or a million other films until they made a lot of money. But it's no less far fetched than any other suggestion here, so cool your jets mister "...sad that many of you have to be reminded...." Yeah, it's *super* that A-list stars get to make their vanity projects and that's the way that Hollywood works, and if there was a good script *first*, and then we heard that Depp wanted to do it, that might be one thing, but I'm happy to put a star and a director deciding they want to do a project in the "sounds shitty" column until proved otherwise. PS--Amy Adams would do a fine job at it. PPS--Shoot yourself in the head.

  • May 9, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Depp has a horrible chemistry with women

    by TitusPullo

    Maybe with Heather Graham in FROM HELL, but still.... it's not his strong suit. Neither are playing straight roles.

  • May 9, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Might work though...

    by TitusPullo

    if they cast Depp's wife, I mean she is an actress and all.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    How about that chick from Precious as Nora..?

    by Carl's hat

    This is a bullshit idea. BULLSHIT. Johnny Depp as Tonto was bullshit enough. Now in the role that William Powell immortalized? ....the bullshit is thick I can't breathe.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    So basically what you're saying, virtualbri, is...

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    That you want to defend your right to be a douchebag cynic. "I'm happy to put a star and a director deciding they want to do a project in the "sounds shitty" column until proved otherwise." Sounds like someone's being just a touch condescending, ne c'est pas? Overall, you sound unhappy with your station in life, and as such, need to bitch about the actions of others to satiate the empty hole in your soul that quite possibly be growing by the day. What they make could be awesome, it also could be shit. And at the end of the day, the sun will still rise, the birds will still chirp and there will be a myriad of other films to keep your attention. Of course, I realize that talkbacks are for bitching, but I love to single out schmendricks such as yourself for extra attention, because everything is so absolute with dickholes like you. No, I won't be shooting myself in the head because we disagree, nor should I wish you to either.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Nora Charles

    by _Lizarkeo

    Great casting ideas. Drew Barrymore is my fave one (because she can do this very fast and easy), Kate Winslet second. They both have the right SARDONIC SMILE and are smart ladies. And Depp is just perfect ("Hey mom, the pirate is wearing a suit and holding a pistol!", "No son, it's a bottle..."). Just do it in the 30's and all will be fine. <p> I am open to this project because this could start a "film noir" trend. A man can just dream, heh. The Coens Bros doing a "brutal and bloody" adaptation of Red Harvest. Duncan Jones doing The Maltese Falcon set in the Future Noir (because he and I love so much BR, heh). Martin Scorsese doing a more faithful adaptation of Angel Heart. A HBO Jonathan Ames' adaptation of The Long Goodbye. A Marvel TV production of Peter David's X-Factor. Any Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips stuff, in any medium. TDKR (the ultimate noir comic) by Zack Snyder. The movie version of the Middleman last adventure, The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse (with the original awesome cast. Ok, this is not exactly noir. But the dialogue was "noir fast", like in Brick, heh). And talking about Brick, Rian Johnson doing The Big Sleep set in the current days. Because almost nothing changed at all. We still have cars, guns, the police, liars, oil, drinks, rich people and the hot women. Oh, damn, the Internet! Heh. Cheers.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    The equal of Peter Sellers playing Charlie Chan

    by Fred

  • May 9, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    No, I'm just saying, thenotoriousdrb, you have...

    by Brian Tatosky

    ...delusions of internet grandeur. Dickhole? what are you, eleven? And, you're a psychologist too? How do you have the time to correct the internet about things and make snap judgements about them from your ivory tower? No doubt you are taking a break from creating world peace and prosperity, one of the few things that might actually make your arrogant tone acceptable in any social setting. How it is condescending to bet on the odds of *all* star vanity projects? Yeah, it's no Battlefield Earth, but I'm happy to be skeptical at best. I think it's funny when self-appointed experts spout out about things they have no idea about more than any other person on the net as if they have the answers. You're a class-A example of every basement dweller who thinks they know everything and has the genetic inability to shut his mouth when he doesn't know what he's talking about. (See look, I can be insulting with nothing to back it up too! I'd throw in some French too to make myself look smart but that'd be gilding the lilly!) Are you producing the film perhaps? Or is just correcting people on the internet your life? You don't know shit about me, but I know shit about movies (more so about shit movies, which is most of Hollywood). I'm not going to fawn over a project with some mediocre behind the scenes talent just because it has a popular star who seems interested in the moment in it after being in some real uneven stuff as of late. I will happily eat my words when this film has an amazing script and performances that stand the test of time. Otherwise my comments still stand. And if you think that earns some special treatment from your lofty perch, maybe you need some sort of job or perhaps a hobby that puts you in face-to-face contact with actual people. Maybe go outside and abandon your smugness for just a second to start. Then come back when you're an adult. See, I can respond *just like you*! Any boob can do it! It's a dumb project until proven otherwise. We'll see how far it really gets and if it even gets past development. *That's* the Hollywood truth; most projects, stars or not, wont. PS--Really you think I'm serious with "shoot yourself in the head?" You're dumber than I thought.

  • May 9, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Coen Bros with Clooney and Amy Adams

    by Brian Tatosky

    That's a project that could work.

  • May 9, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Having seen Easy Virtue

    by Kelley Barnes

    Jessica Alba in that movie strikes a comic note very much in the vein of Myrna Loy.

  • May 9, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Depp is the go-to actor for loveable drunk

    by jackofhearts29

    He'll probably slightly re-work his patented Jack Sparrow stagger for a dead-eyed martini bender

  • May 9, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Some of my FAVORITE films ever!

    by Zero Mayhem

    Even have a copy of the first film poster framed on my wall. Honestly this sounds like a horrendous idea. Even those of us who agree these films are amazing are disagreeing on potential casting ideas (Clooney, Adams, ugh). Still Hollywood will do what it will. Hopefully this project will fall through the cracks and we'll be spared. As others have said, trying to recapture the perfect chemistry between Powell and Loy would be impossible.

  • May 9, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    One take

    by batjac

    The really cool thing about the first Thin Man was that the director was a speed demon. Most things you see in the film are one and only one take. Syas a lot about the skill of the actors, crew, and everyone involved. Easy to see how Thin Man movies gave birth to such things as Columbo and esepcially The Mentalist. Nick Charles didn't need no stinkin DNA. Just Gin.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Is Johnny Depp overexposed?

    by Jaka

    No. Because that's an impossibility. Johnny Depp could be in every movie released for the rest of my life and I seriously doubt I would ever get tired of dude. Because he's a great fucking actor who actually, ya know, ACTS! He doesn't always look the same, use the same voice, read his lines the same, etc. Bring on more JD movies, I say. Also, I have absolutely no attachment to the original films, so whatever in that regard.

  • I don't recall him having horrible chemistry with any other actress. Do you have any citations?

  • May 10, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Look's geoffrey_fourmyle....the guy with no friends

    by Bobo_Vision

    Hi, Geoffrey. Enjoy your time here at AICN...your only social interaction throughout the day. We all know that in real life you walk around saying nothing while walking with your head down trying to avoid eye contact with people who laugh at your hideous appearance....that's why you're so angry and so clearly fucked up in the head. <p> Let's all be nice to Geoffrey, everyone. He has no friends.

  • May 10, 2011, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Wow, Geoffrey....something is really wrong with you

    by Bobo_Vision

    Telling talkbackers to kill themselves? I must have really cut close to the truth....either that or your life is so abysmally bad that you are filled with nothing but vitriol. Geoffrey....I've seen your comments at this site for a long time...and you're not just this way with me....but with everyone. We all know what's wrong with you. We all know what you are. Just like everyone who walks past you during the day and shudders and avoids eye contact with you.

  • May 10, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    geoffrey_fourmyle.....are your parents proud of you?

    by Bobo_Vision

    Do you have a beautiful girlfriend waiting for you in your bed right now? Do you have a great job which fills you with satisfaction both financially and emotionally? Are you living the charmed life? <p> We all know the answer is a renounding "NO!!!!". You are a miserable cunt, the type which no one likes, both online and in real life. <p> I like how you throw in your opinion about the "Powell/Loy chemistry" as if anyone cares about what you think about movies. No one does, Geoffrey. No one likes you. Not here. Not women. Not your parents. Nobody.

  • May 10, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    LOL...a threat?

    by Bobo_Vision

    Geoffrey, you really are a loser. So I got you so riled up that you paid some big bucks to Harry to find out where I live and you're going to come to Brooklyn, where I live, and visit me face to face? <p> You really are a moron and an imbecile...and with your internet've proven that you're the biggest kind of loser around.

  • May 10, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST

    OK, seriously, I'm done with internet arguments.

    by Jaka

    At some point I think (hope) most people realize how silly they are and how much time they've irretrievably wasted on them. Expressing your opinion and moving on should actually become more satisfying at some point due to the fact that the anonymous text on the other end of any debate doesn't really care what you're saying anyway. For me this happened about a year ago. I'm just too old to care what somebody I don't know (and never will) thinks about my intelligence (or lack thereof), sex life (or lack thereof), housing (or basement), income (or lack thereof), etc. But still, "Not your parents." made me laugh for about 17 seconds.

  • Geoffrey_fourmyle, everybody. <p> *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*

  • May 10, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Sacred Cows

    by THX1968

    Not a big believer in cinematic sacred cows, especially since the original, hilarious, engrossing "Thin Man" will always be available to me. However, the Depp remake won't be as good, of course. No one seems to realize the drastic change that has come over Hollywood since the late nineties. Hollywood really isn't making movies anymore. The things I look forward to now is Blu Ray releases like "Battle Beyond The Stars". The studios take less risk now more than ever with production. Way back when, remakes were the order of the day. With each leap in movie production tech (Talkies, Color), you could bet on a remake (Beau Geste, Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur). I am always reminded of "The Maltese Falcon". The Bogart/Huston affair is the third - third! - remake of that story, yet it is the one that has solidified itself in cinema history, and rightfully so. Great movie. Who's to say that a Depp/Marshall "Thin Man" won't become the new standard? Me. Simply because in this age of multiplex on-demand nirvana, movies are not made with the same sensibilities as they were from the dawn of cinema up until the late nineties. I wouldn't even object to a "Casablanca" remake, if it were done out of a love for cinema. But it wouldn't be. It would be an over-hyped event - unavoidably, really. Movies, TV... this stuff just isn't that much fun anymore. Even comics, in an eternal bid to be taken "seriously", have lost their heart and the majority of what made them so much fun. People will tire of it all. Judging by box office receipts from last summer and even before that, people are already tired of it. At this point in cinema history, movie production is very similar to that of the death throes of the studio system. The mid fifties or so. Movies were absolutely terrible in the fifties, people. The stage for another cinema renaissance has been set. Not unlike the mid-seventies. It'll happen, true believers. Hold tight.

  • May 10, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    why remake?

    by john

    its been remade umpteen times....every time they do a movie or tv show about a sleuthing couple, its basically a remake of the thin man just make a movie, and dont tell us that it is a remake

  • May 10, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Who to Play Nora?

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    This may be a bit obvious, but Winona Ryder? Hey, she could use the work, and she DOES have chemistry with Depp.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Remake of movie or new adaptation of book

    by hst666

    I have not read the original novel, but I believe the movie deviated sharply from the source material and most of the snappy patter and humor people love were not in the original novel.

  • Geoff, little buddy....I mention others because I think of AICN as a community. And after all, you seem to be doing a lot of grandstanding. Threatening people on the internet? That's the biggest douche move there is. I like how you tried to play it off and act like you were joking. What a funny and charming guy you are. <p> Listen, the day has just started. It's time for you to go out in the world lead your dysfunctional life. Talkbacks will be waiting for you at the end of the your long day of not interacting with anyone.

  • May 10, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    I'm relieved

    by The StarWolf

    I thought something was wrong with Hollywood. It had been at least three or four days since the last unnecessary remake was announced.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Nathan Lane as Nora

    by Spandau Belly

    I have no idea what I'm talking about.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Perhaps it's not the best idea to remake these movies, but

    by rbatty024

    you at least have to admit that Depp is the perfect choice to play Nick. I mean, Jack Sparrow appears to be drunk throughout the Pirates movies, and he did wonders playing drugged out in Fear and Loathing. The man knows how to bodily inhabit an altered state.

  • May 10, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    When I first read this, my brain thought it said SLENDER Man

    by Quinn

    and I freaked out, because the slender man could make for one of the scariest movies out there...

  • May 10, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Hey Depp, forget this BS and give me Rango 2

    by angler

  • William Powell and Myrna Loy captured lightning in a bottle with their chemistry. I despise the idea of a remake. That said, if they do a remake, at least set it in the '30s or '40s. I'd even go so far as filming in B&W and using fixed focus cameras.

  • to insomnia. I have little hope for Pirates 4.

  • May 10, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    There's a fine line between screwball and goofball

    by JAGUART

    The 2nd & 3rd Pirates films were goofball. I'm not sure today's Hollywood can make the distinction. A Thin Man reboot will need some hefty wit and repartee to pull off screwball.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Give it to Charlotte Stokely...

    by workshed

    ...and call it 'The Fat Man'. She's hotter than all the others mentioned and lit up the screen for about five seconds in Black Dynamite, like a platinum blonde Hathaway.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I'm not totally against this remake, but that said...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...the original films, and the novel, were such a product of their times, i.e. the alcohol-swilling Thirties, that's difficult to see how it translates in a modern re-telling. I mean, the two leads spend the entire story, essentially, completely drunk off their rockers, downing martini after martini and manage to solve a mystery. If the neutered Arthur remake was any indication, I don't think a modern filmmaker will have the balls to make the hero a round-the-clock alcoholic while making drinking look as fun as Powell made it look.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    The Thin Man films are amazing

    by elsachmo

    You just don't hardly ever see chemistry between stars like those guys had. I'm not against it being remade, but I think it'll be very hard to get that chemistry and maintain the things that made the series great to begin with. I guess we'll see. Maybe it will get people to check out these great flicks one way or the other.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    And oh yeah...

    by elsachmo

    As has been also pointed out here, I think they should definitely keep the films set in the 30's, and not do the typical "modern retelling".

  • May 11, 2011, 5:23 a.m. CST

    sounds like a flop


  • May 11, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    I'd rather...

    by AllThosePowers

    ...have an elephant to try and stick its head up my arse, rather than watch this remake. The original cast had charm, charisma with punch and snappy dialogue. Film makers today and actors alike are for the most part absent of talent. I hope a huge earthquake occurs very soon and wipes America from the face of this earth forever with everybody in it, please God do the right thing

  • Adios, little man.

  • May 11, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Instead of a remake that will be forgettable...

    by Damned if I can login

    ...why not an adaptation of some of the *epic* flame wars from this board? "I'd pay a dollar to see that..."

  • May 11, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by Damned if I can login

    I would venture a guess that on the subject of Depp and altered states, the old saying is spot on: Practice makes perfect. Haha!