Johnny Depp's “Thin Man” Remake Gets a Writer

Jerry Stahl, who once had a very successful career as a TV writer has just nabbed one of the more high-profile scriptwriting jobs in Hollywood.

Stahl has been brought on board to script the remake of "The Thin Man" starring Johnny Depp, reported Heat Vision. Rob Marshall, who directed Depp in the most recent "Pirates" saga, is in talks to direct.

Despite three years writing for "ALF," and working occasionally on "Twin Peaks" and "Northern Exposure," Stahl is best known for his 1995 memoir, "Permanent Midnight," which recounted his struggles with heroin. It was later turned into a film starring Ben Stiller that was well received but was a flop commercially.

The original "Thin Man," based on Dashell Hammett's novel of the same name, came out in 1934 and starred William Powell as Nick Charles, an ex-detective married to Nora Charles, a beautiful heiress, played by Myrna Loy. In it, Nick gets pulled out of retirement by the disappearance of a friend who's possibly been involved in a murder. It's a brilliantly hilarious gin-soaked good time.

We try hard around here not to hate on the remakes, but a "The Thin Man" remake strikes us as a dubious proposition. But if anyone can capture the genius of Powell's performance, it's Depp. Finding someone to star opposite him in the role made famous by Loy will be tough.

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