Warner Bros has stopped development of Rob Marshall's remake of the classic detective comedy "The Thin Man" according to Deadline.
The 1934 film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, based on Dashiell Hammett's book, follows an alcoholic former P.I. named Nick Charles and his wealthy heiress wife Nora who investigate a murder that involves an eccentric inventor and his bizarre family.These polished and sophisticated society types spend as much time engaging in witty banter with each other as they do investigating the crime. Five sequels were produced.
David Niven and Maggie Smith's memorable roles in 1976 comedy classic "Murder By Death" were directly inspired by the series.
What caused the halt? No lead actress had been set though names like Emma Stone Emily Blunt and Kristen Wiig were being mentioned. The film hasn't received a green light as yet. A $100+ million budget was submitted which is an issue, added to that is the fact that there simply isn't a rush to do this film since star Johnny Depp reportedly wants to take some time off between films.
Shattered Glass writer Billy Ray was hired to pen the script taking over for David Koepp who himself replaced Permanent Midnight: author and screenwriter Jerry Stahl ("Bad Boys 2") who was previously attached to write the script.
Depp, Marshall, John DeLuca,Christi Dembrowski and Kevin McCormick were producing the pic.
Production was slated to begin in November, that date is nixed and Marshall is likely to move onto "Into the Woods" at Disney instead.