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Posts Tagged ‘Dashiell Hammett’

Johnny Depp To Star in The Thin Man Remake

Johnny Depp will star in an upcoming remake of The Thin Man, a popular 1934 private detective comedy based on one of Dashiell Hammett‘s greatest novels.

What do you think about Depp’s unexpected project? We found this news about one month after it broke, thanks to a New York magazine article about the crazy job of writing screenplays for summer blockbusters.

Here’s more from New York: “Clearly, Depp sees not just a classic detective comedy to be remade (about yet another amusing, high-functioning alcoholic, to boot), but a potential new franchise for himself, too — and perhaps not a terribly expensive one at that. (One would assume that a Thin Man remake wouldn’t involve pricey battle scenes and CGI villains. That said, knowing Hollywood, it may well be set in deep space by the time it’s finished.)”

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Joe Gores Has Died

Joe Gores, an Edgar Award winning novelist and former president of the Mystery Writers of America, has passed away.

Writer and editor Janet Rudolph posted the news: “Gores worked as a logger, a carnie, a teacher at a boys’ school in Kenya, and for twelve years, as a detective. Gores’ novels and stories about detective agency Daniel Kearney Associates (KDA) were based on his own experiences as a San Francisco private eye. Gores also wrote scripts for Kojak, Columbo, Magnum P.I., Mike Hammer, Remington Steele, and other television series.”

This GalleyCat editor fondly recalls reading Spade & Archer and Hammett, two of Gore’s books that continued the legacy of the great private detective novelist, Dashiell Hammett. You can also stream Wim Wenders‘ adaptation of Hammett through Netflix’s streaming movie service. (Via Sarah Weinman)

The Naked City, Literally

michellel'more.pngOn January 29, a team of burlesque performers will read pulp fiction classics straight “from Gotham’s seedy underbelly.” The readers will not be wearing any clothes.

The event is part of the “Naked Girls Reading” series that hosts performances around the country. GalleyCat caught up with founder Michelle L’amour (pictured via her NSFW site) to find out more about the bare-skinned literary event.

L’amour spoke of the pulp fiction show she hosted in Chicago recently: “We actually did ours as a brunch, we served pulp orange juice and other silly things like that. We read Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Nelson Algren. Algren is local to Chicago–I read the story, “How the Devil Comes Down Division Street” which is a really dark story.”

She continued: “We also had the audience pick their favorite cover and read those books … There was a book called “The Naked Diver,” with a woman on the front struggling with kelp. In the scene we read from this book, a guy was watching her struggle and discussing her body–rather than helping her.”

She concluded: “One of the most magical, moving events when we did poetry. I know it sounds kind of cliche, but I don’t think you hear poetry read aloud enough, especially by naked women. One of my other favorites was bedtime stories. I finished with ‘Goodnight Moon.’ It’s nice, but wrong, to read a children’s book to adults naked … I don’t think it works quite as well with men, but I don’t have a philosophical reason for that.”