So I think maybe I’m a little psychic. Or maybe just super intuitive.
Way back in February of last year, I wrote a post about franchises, focusing specifically on The Thin Man series and also referencing the shoulda-stopped-after-one Pirates of the Caribbean series. Little did I know over a year later these two franchises would be magically combined! How is this mash-up possible, you ask? Picture Johnny Depp as Nick Charles, the cocktail-sipping, fast-quipping detective originated by William Powell, and you’ll get what I mean.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, it seems Warner Bros. is remaking the 1930s-through-’40s franchise (six films over 13 years) with Captain Jack Sparrow himself in the lead role. Word is, Depp’s been trying to convince his Pirates 4 director Rob Marshall to direct him on this film, too. Mind you, all of this is still in its early stages – there’s not even a script yet. But it’s an interesting prospect, no? We already know Depp has wit and swagger – plus he can rock a thin mustache.
Who do you think will snag the role of Nora, Nick’s sassy, wealthy wife and partner in solving crime, originally played by Myrna Loy? Cate Blanchett? Or am I just saying that because I believe she can do no wrong?
Two franchises merging into… a remake. Hollywood’s really working overtime, isn’t it?
Andrea Tuccillo is a news and entertainment writer for a radio news service in New York City and a film critic for TheCinemaSource.com. When she’s not covering New Hollywood, she’s obsessing over Old Hollywood on her blog, www.onthemarqueeblog.com.
What remakes do you want to/not want to see? Sound off in the comments!