Some say Rob Marshall's The Thin Man starring Johnny Depp is a re-make. In fact the press release announcing the production uses that expression. Even so, the director defines his movie as a "reimagination".
Dashiell Hammett's story of sleuthing spouses Nick & Nora Charles is being adapted for the screen again, this time by Billy Ray [Hunger Games].
But the film's director does not think of the project as a re-make: "Ray’s draft is not a remake of “The Thin Man,” Marshall says, "but a reimagination.”
i have no beef with Mr.Marshall's categorization of his movie but i'm not exactly thrilled with his choice of leading man. i get that he and Mr Depp have collaborated successfully in the past and i like Johnny Depp well enough, but my preference for the casting of Nick Charles would have been Nicolas Cage.
i think physically Cage is more suited to the role and can pull off the character's street-wise and equally comfortable mixing with high society persona more convincingly. But the decision to star Mr Depp is a done deal and i am not aware that any other actors, let alone Mr Cage were in the running for the part.
The role of Nora Charles has not been cast. So if i may continue to put in my 2 cents i think Parker Posey would make a nifty Nora. Maybe Mr Marshall and his producing partner John DeLuca will agree with me on that theory. Fingers crossed ;D
Press Release: ROB MARSHALL and JOHN DeLUCA officially sign-on to THE THIN MAN remake.
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Marshall confirmed to direct the film and Marshall and DeLuca’s LUCAMAR Productions has come on- board as a producing partner.
MAY 09, 2011 (New York, NY) – Rob Marshall and John DeLuca have officially signed on to the Warner Bros. planned remake of THE THIN MAN. The pair will produce the film via their LUCAMAR Productions banner. Award-winning director Marshall is also confirmed to direct. The film will reteam Marshall with Johnny Depp, who is attached to star in the project. The two just worked together on PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES which Disney will be releasing on May 20 .
LUCAMAR Productions joins Infinitum Nihil Company and Langley Park Pictures as production companies on the project. In addition to DeLuca and Marshall, Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski are producing on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, and Kevin McCormick is producing on behalf of his Langley Park Pictures. Jerry Stahl is attached as screenwriter. Says Marshall, “John and I are overjoyed at the idea of working with Johnny again, especially on such a classy and classic project. We are also thrilled to be partnering this time with such wonderful producers as Christi Dembroski and Kevin McCormick, and we are looking forward to working with Warner Bros. to create a reinvention of a beloved story.”
CAA and Michael Gendler of Gendler & Kelly negotiated the deal with Warner Bros. on behalf of Marshall and DeLuca. THE THIN MAN is a remake of the Oscar-Nominated 1934 film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.
ABOUT LUCAMAR PRODUCTIONS:
LUCAMAR Productions most recently produced the film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Nine,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Fergie, Sophia Loren and Judi Dench, which was nominated for four Academy Awards®. Prior to that, LUCAMAR produced the star-studded, NBC television event “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” which won seven Emmy Awards®, the most of any nominated show that season.