And why not a new version? The ’34 film version is great — breezy, with great rapid-fire dialogue and ideal casting in William Powell and Myrna Loy — but owing to the production code of the time, some of the novel’s more salacious suggestions were glossed over. And while there’s a lot of hard drinking in the film, it’s nothing compared to the book, in which Nora Charles often says “Nick, how about you stay sober today?” before her husband has another drink for breakfast.
Depp is good, but imo, Public Enemies was his weakest effort. It's the only movie I can think of where it seemed like he was just playing himself. I don't know if he can play a normal guy. He rules the Tim Burton gothfests, and he's the master of zany in general. He should stick to roles where he can bring imagination to it. Maybe R.Downy Jr. would be a better choice?
I've never seen The Thin Man
No, no, no, Joe - say it ain't so! IMHO - if you look at his last three or so films - namely, Sweeney Todd, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and Public Enemies - they were all a lot of sizzle and no steak, and didn't do that well.
Nick Charles needs to have a little style and refinement. Cary Elwes perhaps? The already-mentioned Christian Bale.