Johnny Depp's 'The Thin Man' Signs Writer David Koepp

Set to premiere his second Hunter S. Thompson book-to-film adaptation this fall, Johnny Depp is moving forward on bringing another famed author's vision to the big screen.

According to Deadline, Depp's Infinitum Nihil has hired David Koepp to pen the remake of "The Thin Man," a film series based on Dashiell Hammett's novel. A classic noir book about a man hired to track down the mystery behind an eccentric inventor's disappearance -- and his ex-wife's possible connection -- it was originally made into a hit six-film saga, with the first debuting in 1934. The films starred William Powell as Nick Charles, the role Depp would play, while Myrna Loy played his wife, Nora.

Depp has worked with Koepp before, as he directed him in "Secret Window." He's got a long line of blockbuster hits to his credit; he's written, among others, "Jurassic Park," "Carlito's Way," "Mission: Impossible," "Spider-Man," the most recent "Indiana Jones" film and the upcoming "Men In Black III."

The development is good news for Depp, who is currently trying to revive his lavish "The Lone Ranger," which Disney recently halted production on due to costs.