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Since Disney has halted production on The Lone Ranger because of the huge budget, Johhny Depp is wasting no time in moving forward on a passion project of his, a remake of The Thin Man, according to Deadline.

David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds) has been hired to write the script. Koepp will be going back to the original source material which was the novel by Dashiell Hammett of the same name. The novel ended up spawning six films that starred William Powell and Myrna Loy.

Depp had set up project last year at Warner Bros. as a vehicle to re-team with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall. Depp will produce the film along with Christi Dembrowski, Kevin McCormick, Rob Marshall, and John DeLuca.

Depp will star in the film as Nick, a former detective who marries a young rich girl, drinks a ton, and occasionally solves a case. Originally, the idea for the remake was to take the first two original films and work them into one film while, also making it a period piece. It will be interesting to see if Koepp sticks with this original plan or if he takes a different path.

Koepp directed Depp a few year’s back in Secret Window, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.

Koepp’s next film, Premium Rush (which he wrote and directed) follows a bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who picks up a package that interests a dirty cop (Michael Shannon), who chases the cyclist throughout NYC.

Premium Rush is set to open in theaters on January 13, 2012.

Check out the trailer for Secret Window:

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