Screenwriters Hired: David Koepp to Write The Thin Man for Johnny Depp; Maria Maggenti to Pen Dirty Dancing
08.31.11 by Ryan
While producer Jerry Brickheimer and director Gore Verbinski try to find a way to get production back on track for the currently shut-down adaptation of The Lone Ranger, star Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall are moving forward with their planned remake of the 1934 mystery/comedy The Thin Man.
Originally announced in October of last year, screenwriter Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight) was hired to write the screenplay in March. Turns out Stahl did anything but write the screenplay, opening up the job for David Koepp, who wrote the scripts for Jurassic Park and Angels & Demons, amongst others, and directed Depp in the 2004 thriller Secret Window.
Deadline reports that Koepp will start from scratch since Stahl delivered no script whatsoever, and will likely return to the original 1934 Dashiell Hammett novel. The book, as well as the movie franchise it inspired, follows former detective Nick Charles (Depp's role, originally portrayed by William Powell) who would occasionally solve mysteries while imbibing a few drinks and bantering with his wife, Nora (originally played by Myrna Loy). The report claims that the idea is to take elements from the first two Thin Man movies and marry them into a period setting, possibly with a musical number or two choreographed by Marshall. The role of Nora is so far uncast, as is the role of the couple's dog, Asta.
Earlier this month, it was announced that director Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Michael Jackson: This is It) was going to helm a Dirty Dancing remake, which, depending on how one feels about the 1987 original that starred Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, could be considered either a great or terrible idea. (Hey, it couldn't be worse than the 2004 "re-imagining" Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights — at least, let's hope.)
Ortega, who choreographed the original movie, won't be working on this alone. Deadline reports that Lionsgate has hired screenwriter Maria Maggenti, who wrote July's Monte Carlo and made her debut writing and directing the 1995 indie The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love, to write the screenplay. Apparently, Maggenti won the job over several other candidates who all wanted to find a new way to insert the line, "nobody puts Baby in a corner".
No cast has been assembled as yet, though that may happen soon, since Lionsgate reportedly has the remake on the fast track.