Casting Call: The Thin Man

Published January 13, 2012

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

Oscar-nominated Rob Marshall has quite a lot on his plate; the director is signed on to two upcoming remakes/adaptations—Into the Woods and The Thin Man—and is trying to decide which one to direct first. While we do enjoy the occasional Stephen Sondheim musical, and we realize that it was his adaptation of Chicago, that gained Marshall his Oscar nod, we implore the good Mr. Marshall to (please) make The Thin Man next!
 
The original film, based on a novel by Dashiell Hammett (he who wrote The Maltese Falcon), was released in 1934. Although intended as a “B-movie,” The Thin Man went on to spawn five sequels, most likely due to the charisma of its protagonists, the funny and frivolous Nick and Nora Charles. A bizarrely modern couple, Nick and Nora solve mysteries with their terrier, Asta (played by a dog named Skippy), while indulging their slightly alarming fondness for gin, rye, and all things vodka. Indeed, if anyone could drink Don Draper under the table, it is Nick and Nora Charles; Nick’s first piece of dialogue revolves around the perfect dance rhythm to set the pace of mixing a drink  (in case you were wondering, “a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time”), Nora’s is something along the lines of “five martinis, please.” In this particular film, Nick and Nora must help eccentric inventor, Clyde Wynant, clear his name of the murder of his mistress so that he can give his daughter away at her wedding.
 
Always keen to lend a helping hand, we have decided to ease Mr. Marshall’s difficult decision by casting The Thin Man for him. To get into the 1930s, film-noir spirit of things (and we do hope they keep this film set in the 1930s) we decided to conduct our casting in black and white.

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