Remake of the Thin Man?

Remakes, I don’t know, I agree with Rochellelynn there are just too many remakes. Are there not any original idea’s out there?

Johnny Depp as Nick Charles though, gosh that is a possibility that is hard to pass up. I have given this considerable thought, since reading the news that Johnny Depp himself is the one that is asking for an updated version.  And he would be in the starring part.

I have rewatched ‘The Thin Man’ again, and I am reassessing my original thoughts. I can see Depp as Nick but my first question to Rochellelynn was: who would play ‘Nora’ then after more extensive consideration and comparing present actresses to Myrna Loy; I am thinking maybe Kate Winslet could pull this off.  There was a 13 year difference between Powell and Loy and there is a 12 year difference between Depp and Winslet.

Secondary characters, Maureen O’Sullivan’s character  was Dorothy Wynant.  ‘The Thin Man’ was released in May of 1934, Maureen’s other movie release for MGM in April of 1934 was ‘Tarzan and his Mate’ Maureen was 23 years old.  Henry Wadsworth as Tommy was 32.

There are all kinds of possibilities here not only for the main characters, and secondary characters but a number of additional, time-honored character actors as well.  The main focus for me this time though would be the script. A script has to be written, re-written…re-written, the screenwriters for the original ‘The Thin Man’ was a husband and wife team, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, writing the script based on a story by the hard boiled detective author Dashiell Hammett.  However as I am sure Depp knows; if the movie is to be updated, you rework and update the original script to interest today’s audience.

Today’s version written by a female or male has to be true to the original script yet be updated enough for the dialog to be: suspenseful, not all special effects, feature humorous/ double entendres(‘What’s that man doing in my drawers’), and be classy but not tasteless.

Therefore for Depp’s venture to be a success today, monetarily, statistically, historically for audience purists and  ‘classichollywood’ novices any remake of ‘The Thin Man’ would have to give the appearance of being written by traditional,  knowledgeable, and  proficient ‘classichollywood’ writers.

Hmmmm, I wonder where we could find a couple of those?

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. rochellelynn says:

    I just have to say the more I think abotu Kate Winslet. the more I love the idea of her as Nora Charles. She worked with Depp in Finding Neverland, and the chemistry was sort of subtle. But I think we can see from the utter lack of chemistry between Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in The Tourist that the casting in this role could really make or break the film.

  2. caroline says:

    I DON”T DISAGREE TO THE FACT THAT DEPP AND WINSLET ARE GOOD ACTOR AND ACTRESS AND IT CAN ABSOLUTELY SEEN THROUGH THEIR SUCCESSFUL MOVIES BUT IN MY CASE, I DON’T WANT ANOTHER REMAKE OF THIS VERY AMAZING AND EXTRA ORDINARY FILM INSTEAD I FORCEFULLY WANT IT TO BE RESHOW WHICH MEANS….. IT WILL BE SHOWN IN OUR PRESENT ERA THE SAME AS SHOWN BEFORE. NICK AND NORA CHARLES WILL STILL BE LEAD BY POWELL AND LOY THROUGH AGAIN… SHOWING THE ENTIRE FILM.

    JUST AN OPINION. HOPING YOUR UNDERSTANDING. THANK YOU.

    1. annstj says:

      Hey Caroline, I entirely agree. I guess I just felt if Johnny D wanted to remake ‘The Thin Man’ I wanted a say as to who might possibly play a good Nora. Presently I am reading the book ‘The Real Nick and Nora’ written by David L. Goodrich nephew of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett married screenwriters for three of the ‘The Thin Man’ series and other classichollywood films. If you are a hardcore ‘Thin Man’ follower which I think you are and a follower of other classichollywood movies I think you would enjoy it. Thanks so much for your opinion, wouldn’t it be great if we could go to a movie theatre and watch the original classichollywood movies as our parents and grandparents watched them and as they were meant to be seen, on the huge movie theatre silver screen?
      annstj

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