In 2009, after spending several years in development hell, a film based upon the early Hunter S. Thomson novel The Rum Diary (a book not published until the late ’90s) went before cameras with Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I, How to Get Ahead in Advertising) directing from his own script, and Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart and Richard Jenkins starring.
The movie took months to film, and then many more months to secure distribution. It was only in February of this year that FilmDistrict stepped in to release the movie. The trailer — a lively, sometimes frantic, and fairly entertaining collection of footage — dropped not long ago. Now check out a poster for the film in which Johnny Depp essentially reprises his role as Thompson. Read More »
We’ve been waiting quite some time to see anything besides still photos from The Rum Diary, in which Johnny Depp stars as Paul Kemp, essentially a stand-in for Hunter S. Thompson as seen in Thompson’s early novel The Rum Diary. The film went into development quite some time ago and shot in 2009. It won’t hit the festival circuit this fall, but it will hit some theaters in October and you can see a trailer below.
In addition to Depp, Richard Jenkins features as Kemp’s editor, with whom he has a contentious relationship, and Amber Heard plays Chenault, the partner (more or less) of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), both of whom he meets while spending some time in the Caribbean. The great Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I, How to Get Ahead in Advertising) wrote and directed.
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We have a look at the first two official production photos of Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary. In the film, Depp plays a doppelganger for the late Hunter S. Thompson for the second time (Terry Gilliam’s classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas being the first).
In Bruce Robinson‘s new film, Depp plays Paul Kemp, “a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. Paul is challenged on many levels as he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction.” The film co-stars Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins, Amber Heard, and Giovanni Ribisi. Check out the first two production photos after the jump.
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Bruce Robinson‘s big screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson‘s novel The Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp test screened last night in Huntington Beach, California, and a few reviews have appeared online. I have compiled a bunch of early thoughts from around the web, message boards, twitter and other websites. Check them out now, after the jump.
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Update: Robin Hood has now been confirmed as the opening night film in an official statement.
The Cannes Film Festival is set to kick-off on May 12th, just two days ahead of Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood being unleashed in several countries, including the US and UK. It would be perfect timing, then, to have the picture premiere as the fest’s opening night gala, guaranteeing global media coverage just when the PR campaign for the movie should be peaking.
And, yep, it seems that Universal’s behind-the-scenes negotiators have pulled that trick off, because multiple reports are indicating they’ve scored the slot. No official confirmation has come yet, but it seems like a good match for the slot and I’m pretty sure we’ll see this checked and locked soon.
There’s a good handful of other films rumored for slots at the fest, either in competition or out.
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Keep an eye on this one. Aaron Eckhart and Richard Jenkins have joined the cast of The Rum Diary, which will see Johnny Depp playing a doppelganger of the late Hunter S. Thompson for the second time. Eckhart will play a wealthy rival to Depp’s boozy journalist, with both men seeking the pleasantries of a beach floozie to be played by Amber Heard (The Informers, nudity).
Jenkins, who last year mastered the “living out my own private hell with dignity” niche in The Visitor and Step Brothers, will play Lotterman, the supervisor of the shoddy and troubled newspaper that employs Depp. Set in San Juan during the 1950s and based loosely on Thompson’s time there as a young pre-Gonzo writer, the adaptation was written and will be directed by Bruce Robinson, best known for the druggie British cult classic Withnail and I.
The general sentiment seems to be one of surprise and merriment that Diary is finally being made after years of discussion. A lot of the talk seemed to occur late at night on Miami Beach which I didn’t necessarily view as promising. Alas, it begins filming next month in Puerto Rico! With the addition of Eckhart and Jenkins, awards consideration could be a possibility, no? And I do hope that Nick Nolte, who was at one point attached and is executive producing, still fits into this tale of chaos, tasty bar food, and disillusionment. He knows the material “like a bone in the throat.”
Director Gore Verbinksi will follow up his billion-dollar Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy with an animated film with a budget estimated at $100 million to be written by John Logan (The Aviator, Sweeney Todd). The film is skedded for a 2010 release, and the title and plot details are unknown at this time. Verbinksi’s last PG film, as I’m assuming this flick will be rated G or PG, was 1997’s rather impressive Mouse Hunt.
The film is being produced by Graham King (Blood Diamond, The Departed, Next), and he gave some interesting details to Variety about a few of his other unrelated films. He’s currently adapting the graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabaret, “about a 12-year-old orphan living in a Paris train station in 1930 and embroiled in a mystery involving his father and a robot.” Martin Scorsese has been attached to direct it for a year now, and it seems that is still the case. King also said that the Johnny Depp-vehicle Shantaram is not dead, and he’s also still developing the Puerto Rico-set Hunter S. Thompson novel The Rum Diary, which Depp is also still attached to.
Discuss: Are you excited by this news? What did you want to see Verbinski do next?