Warner Bros. has tapped David Koepp to pen its remake of “The Thin Man” for Warner Bros., with Johnny Depp already onboard to star and Rob Marshall directing.
Pic’s been in development since May with a quintet of producers onboard — Marshall with John DeLuca through their Lucamar shingle; Depp and Christi Dembrowski through their Infinitum Nihil; and Kevin McCormick through his Langley Park Pictures.
Jerry Stahl penned the script for this latest iteration, which centers on a hard-drinking former detective who gave up the game to get married but still works cases with his socialite wife. The original “Thin Man” starred William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles; the 1934 comedy was added to the National Film Registry in 1997 and spawned five sequels.
Marshall told Variety in May that Depp had asked him to direct “The Thin Man” midway through the production of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Koepp, one of Hollywood’s highest-paid screenwriters with credits on “Jurassic Park” and “Spider-Man,” co-wrote “Ghost Town” and the upcoming “Premium Rush” in addition to directing both pics. He’s also attached to Warner’s live-action version of “Spy vs. Spy,” with Ron Howard attached to direct and produce.
Koepp is repped by CAA.