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question of the day: Johnny Depp and Rachel Weisz in Rob Marshall’s ‘The Thin Man’: good idea or the death of film?

The Net has been abuzz with the news that Johnny Depp will star in an upcoming remake of The Thin Man. The classic Golden Age detective rom-com, released in 1934 and Oscar-nominated, was about a married couple, Nick and Nora Charles, who solve a murder in between boozing it up and flirting with each other.

Rob Marshall, who makes mostly terribly movies — Nine, Memoirs of a Geisha, though also Chicago — will be directing. He and Depp just worked together on the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Now, CinemaBlend is reporting that Rachel Weisz is under consideration for the role of Nora.

I love Depp and Weisz, and I bet they’d be fantastic together. But is there any reason to remake a classic? Is there any hope in hell it could possibly be better than the original? Why bother to make such a movie at all… except that Hollywood is unashamed of its creative bankruptcy?

Johnny Depp and Rachel Weisz in Rob Marshall’s The Thin Man: good idea or the death of film?

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