Billy Ray Adapts “The Thin Man”

Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass,” “Breach”) has been set to pen the remake of “The Thin Man” at Warner Bros. Pictures, Infinitum Nihil Company and Langley Park Pictures says Risky Biz Blog.

The original 1934 film starred William Powell and Myrna Loy, and was based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel which Ray is expected to go back to. The story follows a booze-swilling former detective named Nick Charles and his wealthy heiress wife Nora who investigate a murder that involves an eccentric inventor and his bizarre family.

These polished and sophisticated society types spend as much time engaging in witty banter with each other as they do investigating the crime. Five sequels were produced. Johnny Depp is already set to play Nick.

David Koepp (“Secret Window”) and Jerry Stahl were previously attached to pen the script. Koepp left when “his vision didn’t line up” with director Rob Marshall. Depp, Marshall, DeLuca, Kevin McCormick and Christi Dembrowski are producing.