Johnny Depp to remake The Thin Man
Johnny Depp is to star as cocktail-loving detective Nick Charles in a remake of The Thin Man.
The Hollywood heartthrob has revealed he is a huge fan of the six-part series of 1930s films based on Dashiell Hammett's novel, and wants to remake them with his Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall, New York Magazine's Vulture blog reports.
Johnny said: "The Thin Man has long been a favourite of mine and with Rob at the helm, I know we're in great hands."
Warner Bros is to make the movie and has already put together a shortlist of screen writers - Terry Rossio, Jerry Stahl and Christopher McQuarrie, all of whom have previously worked with Johnny.
The original starred William Powell and Myrna Loy as private detective Nick and his young socialite wife Norah, who solve crimes while doing plenty of drinking along the way.
Warner Bros Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov said: "There is no-one more perfectly suited to portray Nick Charles than Johnny Depp."
Johnny and his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski will produce the film with Langley Park's Kevin McCormick, who worked with Johnny on Sweeney Todd and Dark Shadows.
The plan is apparently to take the plot of the first two films and make them into one, in keeping with the time period. It is reported that Nine director Rob's talents as a choreographer will also be put to use, and the the project will include a musical number or two.