When last we heard from The Thin Man, Rob Marshall's adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett novel which inspired the beloved William Powell and Myrna Loy franchise, Permanent Midnight writer Jerry Stahl had been hired to adapt the screenplay. His acerbic wit and lifelong issues with substance abuse made him a daring choice to write the story of two hilarious, functioning alcoholic sleuths who solve crimes along with their dog, Asta. We were totally on board with the decision, so it's a little disappointing that he's now off the project, since, according to Deadline, "nothing has been written."
That announcement was made back in March, so… Ouch. No wonder they've now hired David Koepp instead.
Although he's not the most critically acclaimed screenwriter in the world, David Koepp has nevertheless written scripts for many of the most financially successful movies in Hollywood history, including but not limited to Spider-Man, Mission: Impossible and Jurassic Park. On the other side of that equation, he's also written screenplays for Snake Eyes, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. So this could go either way. To his credit, Koepp has also directed some damned fine movies like Trigger Effect and particularly Stir of Echoes.
None of his scripts, it should be noted, are particularly hilarious. (Unless Ghost Town really has its fans.) Maybe this version of The Thin Man will tone down the humor a bit. Or maybe they're just counting on Johnny Depp and whoever they cast as his wife Nora to bring that to the production themselves. Depp, certainly, is game.
CraveOnline will return with more Thin Man news after we serve the nuts. Um, we mean… After we serve the guests the nuts.