Just last week we heard that “The Lone Ranger,” Johnny Depp’s current effort, had run into trouble while filming, with rumors saying that the budget had zoomed past the $250 million mark, a number Disney had ordered Depp, Verbinski and company to stay away from. Now we hear that another Depp project, a remake of the 1934 classic “The Thin Man” has also come up with the kind of budget that made Warner Brothers move it to the dreaded back burner.
Deadline says that the budget the producers submitted to the studio was over $100 million, which didn’t thrill the studio. A remake of an old movie that will only appeal to adults? Then again, I wonder why the budget is so high–did they throw in some werewolves and vampires and giant supernatural battles to try to reach the teen audience? The movie is about a high society couple who solve mysteries on the side, so I do have to wonder what, other than vintage gowns and cars, would cost so much. It also doesn’t help that Depp’s last film, the equally niche-y “Dark Shadows,” bombed.
The movie was never greenlit and WB hasn’t officially cancelled it or told Depp and director Rob Marshall that they were free to take it elsewhere. However, they’re made it clear that Marshall’s next film would be an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”
Depp reportedly has said he wants some time off between films. Looks like he’ll get it.