Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This causes me physical pain: "Thin Man" remake moves forward

Johnny Depp's The Thin Man remake gets new writer.
Based on the series of books by Dashiell Hammett, the plot centers around Nick and Nora Charles, a married couple that decides to solve murder mysteries for fun. The first film version of the books was made in 1934 and the film spawned five sequels as well as a television series. Depp will play Nick and it's unknown who will play Nora.
I cringe at the thought of recasting Nora.  No idea who they'll go with, but I'd bet good money whoever it is wouldn't be fit to scrape the dirt off Myrna Loy's shoes.  I can't think of anyone I would consider a modern-day Loy, not even remotely close.
...while (director Rob) Marshall, who previously directed Chicago and Nine, is also interested in including musical numbers. 
It's been done.  And it flopped.

I expect this one to go the unspectacular way of the Manchurian Candidate remake, which didn't even earn back its cost despite a powerhouse cast.

Come on, Hollywood.  How about leaving the existing classics alone and trying to come up with some new classics instead? 

Updated with some awesome Thin Man clips!


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