Johnny Depp has been working on getting a remake of 1934’s The Thin Man off the ground for a while now. He secured a screenwriter back in March, but the director’s chair was still vacant until recently.
It’s been no secret that Depp’s first choice to fill the spot was Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall, and now he can rest easy. Marshall has officially signed on to helm the project.
The film will feature Depp in the lead role of Nick Charles, a hard-boiled ex-private eye who solves crimes with his wealthy socialite wife. The Thin Man, written in 1934, was the last novel penned by master of hard-boiled crime Dashiell Hammett. Although the novel was written as a stand-alone story, it was adapted into a series of films during the ’30s and ’40s starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as the witty crime-solving couple Nick and Nora Charles.