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Johnny Depp is no stranger to remakes and re-imaginings. Often he's starring in these remakes for director Tim Burton, but not always; see Disney's troubled 'Lone Ranger' for example. For a while now, there's been talk of Depp starring in a remake of 'The Thin Man,' the 1930s detective film about booze-happy, crime-solving couple Nick and Nora Charles. Rob Marshall ('Chicago') was apparently set to direct although Warner Brothers had yet to give the green light. Well now it seems the project has gotten the red light as Warner Brothers has put the brakes on the whole thing. The new 'Thin Man' had yet to find its Nora Charles and now it seems Marshall will be moving on to direct 'Into the Woods' for Disney. 'The Thin Man' isn't necessarily dead, but definitely stalled.
File this piece of news under "not surprised." Warner Brothers is probably not thrilled that the last time they got in bed with a Johnny Depp remake it was the financially underwhelming 'Dark Shadows.' Plus, this is the studio that finally got fed up with 'Akira' and pulled the plug. Also, I'm sure they've had their eyes on the 'Lone Ranger' situation over at Disney and can't be instilled with a great deal of confidence there. In addition to not being surprised at this news, I am quite pleased to hear it. 'The Thin Man' is an absolute classic that deserves far more notice from younger generations of movie geeks than it receives. I implore you, if you haven't seen this witty, charming, and captivating crime comedy, don't wait until Johnny Depp or anyone else remakes it, seek out the original.
With 'The Lone Ranger' and now 'The Thin Man' running into problems, do you think Johnny Depp is not the surefire box office cash cow for the studios that he used to be?