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Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals!?! Eckhart, Heard and Jenkins join Depp in RUM DIARY!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I heard there was a lot of activity around this project at the European Film Market... I mean, why not? A movie starring Johnny Depp can't be all that hard to sell to foreign markets, right? I'm an unabashed die hard fan of FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. That came out the same year as THE BIG LEBOWSKI and both films were criminally dismissed by audiences and critics alike. I fell in love with both instantly and saw them multiple time in the theaters and have since watched them both dozens of times on DVD. FEAR AND LOATHING is one of my comfort movies. So, I've been waiting for ages for Depp to return to Hunter S. Thompson territory and it looks like it's finally happening. Depp will play Paul Kemp, a '50s journalist in Puerto Rico and they also have lined up Aaron Eckhart to play Kemp's rival for the affections of Ms. Amber Heard (hottie-bo-bottie). THE VISITOR and BURN AFTER READING's Richard Jenkins will be Kemp's boss at the paper, a guy named Lotterman. I remember there being a rumor a while back that Benicio del Toro was actually going to direct this adaptation. I don't see any mention of that in the Hollywood Reporter article, but we do get Bruce Robinson behind the camera. If you've seen WITHNAIL & I you know why that's great news. Filming begins at the end of March. Thoughts?

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  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:27 a.m. CST


    by Rommel Catuncan

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Pretty good book...

    by Droid

    but it's no Fear and Loathing. Good to see a decent cast getting involved.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Doctor Gonzo

    by Fuck The Napkin

    He's not in the book, so why would he be in the movie?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:38 a.m. CST

    not first

    by ironic_name

    begin unnoriginal lion or bat quotes below this post.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:44 a.m. CST

    When I first read The Rum Diary...

    by Fuck The Napkin

    I finished the book on a train on the way to a trade show when I was a journalist, and it inspired me so much I spent the day getting drunk on free booze and not doing any work - then woke up on the floor of a police cell covered in my own vomit. ROCK & ROLL! <br><br> Can't wait to find out what the movie makes me do.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Welcome back to cinema Bruce Robinson

    by jimmythesaint

    Woohoo! Jodorowsky, Philip Ridley, Joe Dante, Terrence Malick and Bruce Robinson all making new films in 2009 - a victory for cinema, I'm sure you will all agree.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Thought: Yes!

    by eggart

    Thought: Please!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:57 a.m. CST

    There's one reason why this is THE film I can't wait for...

    by C Legion

    Bruce Robinson.<p>Bollocks to Avatar "fucking my eyeballs", Robinson directing again is the coolest film news I've had in years.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:12 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    Went and looked it up. For a while there Benicio was looking to DIRECT this movie. That was supposed to be the reteam. I've fixed the article...

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Quint, not only is all that very cool, but

    by Talkbacker with no name

    let us not forget it's the return to directing for Bruce Robinson! far out

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST


    by CharyouTree

    Just started reading this a week or two ago, can't wait to see Depp beating on that old guy on the plane at the begining.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST

    HST is excellent!

    by Chris Wood

    Any film adaptation of one of his books should be excellent. I completely agree about the 'Las Vegas' film. Here is an HST parody you may enjoy:

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST

    About fucking time.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Great book. Been waiting for this one.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Depp is too old

    by Thunderbolt Ross

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Rum Diary

    by Unlabled

    Thompson was really young when he originally wrote this story. It wasn't published until much later and he became successful. Still, even though it is not as well written as some of his other works, it successfully captures the world of 1950's Puerto Rico. I could imagine myself living there, drinking cheap rum and cheaper hamburgers in the makeshift bar. I cannot wait.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Richard Jenkins as Lotterman

    by Unlabled

    Is casting genius. This is going to be fantastic.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Yay Eckhart!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Glad to see him getting more exposure. I watch "Thank You For Smoking" every damn time it comes on TV.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Hell's Angels

    by Superzerotwo

    NEEDS to be the follow up to this! Fear, Rum Diary, and this would make a WONDERFUL Gonzo trilogy. After all, "If anything is worth doing it's worth doing right godammit."

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    jimmythesaint said it best.

    by gotilk

    I'm just wasting bandwidth to drive the joy home.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Great idea with Hell's Angels!

    by Chris Wood

    That would make such a sweet trio. It's still one of my favourite books.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Man this is one of my favorite books. I cannot WAIT to see Amber Heard dancing naked with a bunch of sweaty Carnival revelers in a seedy bar.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST

    I'm getting old.

    by Mostholy

    When I saw Heard, I thought they were digging John Heard out of mothballs. Man hasn't worked since the Pegasus went down.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Not the book to make into a movie

    by Savage Lucy

    Rum Diary is far from HST's best work. It is a nice story, but not good enough to turn into a movie. Paul Kemp is not Raoul Duke. Other than seeing Amber Heard naked, why should this even be made? Hell, even Lono would be more interesting.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    What the hell?

    by HoboCode

    Confession: Rum Diary is the only HST book I've read and I thought it was brilliant. Seems like many people here aren't impressed with it. I must be missing out on his other work.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I'm a big Hunter S Thompsan fan...

    by whofan71

    ..enjoyed the Fear & Loathing movie, but I don't see how this book can make an interesting movie. But I'll still see it and hope that I'm wrong.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Is Gonzo back?

    by laraz

    Will Depp portray the character in rum as a Gonzo figure, or will it be a pre-Gonzo experience? Anyone know, not to familiar with the book?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    My thoughts are that Aaron Eckhart's a dick.

    by PotSmokinAlien

    Anyone else see him on Jon Stewart when TOWELHEAD came out? Dude came off like the biggest fucking asshole.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by PoorOLtinTin

    Very pumped. I read Hell's Angels my first year of college and was hooked. The rum diary is one of the few book both my wife and I read together. Ditto on the comfort movie thing...well that and Purple Rain...

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST

    johnny's directing it

    by welbrick

    dariusz wolski is shooting it

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Depp's too old

    by blackshuck

    He should have made it ten years ago...the character he's playing is Hunter in his mid-late twenties.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    aaron eckhart or thomas jane (THURSDAY)

    by compn

    those actors are interchangeable. i do like me some fear and loathing tho. excellent all around.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by TallBoy66

    Sure, Hunter is younger in Rum Diary (as far as I know) but Depp is ageless. Depp back in Thompson's gear = genius. Everyone watch the GONZO documentary that Depp narates, great stuff.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Wait, sorry, I'm an idiot

    by TallBoy66

    He isn't playing Hunter in here, but I'm sure he'll still bring the same vibe. He damn well better!!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    I kept hearing about this movie

    by CherryValance

    with Benicio attached but I thought it was for acting. I would have loved to see him and Aaron together again. That scene in The Pledge is soooo good. I just watched it again the other night. Anywho, yeah, whatever, I'm there. </p> I also loved Fear and Loathing and used to beg people to see it when it was in theaters and they all got pissed at me because they thought it sucked. I wonder what happened to those people....

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Where is GONZO in Rum Diary...?

    by Superzerotwo

    Some people forget that Rum Diary is actually is based on actual places and events in Hunter's life but it IS fictional. He drinks A LOT and experiments with acid and smokes's not as drug influenced AS Fear and Loathing but it is the start of Gonzo. I really recommend the oral history biography and the Documentary about him too. I hope the "drunk monkey" makes it into the movie, a very hilarious and very surreal part of the book.

  • April 4, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    how did I miss this

    by gusradio

    I'm uber late on this talkback but I'm homicidally excited to see the return of J.Depp as a Thompson character. Timr to break out the jar of ether.