Johnny Depp is looking to star in a remake/re-adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man and he wants his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall to direct. The Thin Man centers on private detective-turned-socialite Nick Charles and his charming wife Nora as they’re drawn into investigating a murder. While I’m sure Depp would have a ball playing the gleefully drunk Nick, he wouldn’t be able to steal scenes like he does as Jack Sparrow. The Thin Man requires a charming interplay between the leads like William Powell and Myrna Loy were able to pull off when the book was first adapted in 1934.
Vulture also reports that while Depp may want Marshall to direct, The Thin Man currently has no script, and that Marshall is interested in helming the adaptation of the stage play Wicked for Universal. Marshall’s name was first mentioned as a possible director for the film back in July along with J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, and Ryan Murphy. Of those four candidates, Marshall would definitely be my top choice. However, a Thin Man starring Johnny Depp also sounds like plenty of fun.