“Permanent Midnight” author and screenwriter Jerry Stahl has signed on to pen a script for “The Thin Man” remake at Warner Bros. Pictures says Heat Vision.
The 1934 film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel, follows an alcoholic former P.I. 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, while David Niven and Maggie Smith’s memorable roles in 1976 satire “Murder By Death” were directly inspired by the series.
The aim is to keep the period setting of the book, but adopt a contemporary sensibility. Johnny Depp is attached to star and produce while Rob Marshall is in negotiations to direct.
Christi Dembrowski and Kevin McCormick will also produce.