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Hunter S Thompson Rages About the Handling of the film version of RUM DIARY!








Hey folks, Harry here... Now I happen to fall into the category of Hunter S Thompson worshippers... My friend and pal, Mark Ebner... better known as a shock jock from the syndicated show, Drastic Radio on The Comedy World Radio Network (ComedyWorld.Com)." Well, Mark knowing my undying love of rare Hunter S Thompson writings sent me the following, CONFIRMED BY MARK, letter by Hunter to Holly Sorenson, a development executive at The Shooting Gallery. Now you've seen my rages and flames on this site for years, but folks... what you are about to see is a creator pissed off and firing with all the keys of a manual typewriter. Here you can feel the raw frustration that Hunter has at a project that he is proud of, that he has contacted and gotten the interest of several of the coolest actors in the world... yet languishes in the deep pit of development hell. Many authors remain calm and quiet... fearful of losing their position in the world, but Hunter is a man with brass balls and a helluva way with words. In addition, I'd just like to chime in that as a fan of this book and the actors in question... I'd love to see this film move forward. With Depp being freed up from CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND (another great travesty of justice) he's free to do something like this. And having Depp possibly exploring the further worlds of Hunter... well... delicious. Here's the letter... ENJOY....








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  • Feb. 20, 2001, 10:35 p.m. CST

    "GOD, HELL!"

    by Uncapie

    Nothing like the great Thompson to get the blood going.

  • Feb. 20, 2001, 10:38 p.m. CST

    You see...

    by L'Idiot

    You see... that's because HST fucking kicks ass. No questions asked. Rum Diary sounds like it has a great cast put together already. I may be off my rocker, but I think that Hell's Angels would make a pretty amazing movie too, while we're talking about converting Thompson's books into films...

  • Feb. 20, 2001, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Kudos, Mr. Thompson

    by d-sav21

    this is why he his one of my favorite writers. such great prose. i read his column at espn.go.com every monday.

  • Feb. 20, 2001, 10:57 p.m. CST

    "GOD, HELL!" again...

    by Uncapie

    ...I feel Hunter's frustration, as this is a man who's been around for years writing creative material from the heart. He's put his ass on the line rounding up major talent, pushing his product and what do the middle management assholes do? SHIT ON HIM! This is why a major revolution has got to happen in the movie business. Greed has become common place and creativiy has been stiffled. Its how many units of "Shit On Celluloid" can we sell as opposed to a story that makes a person think or identify with the characters. The middle management are too affraid to take a chance on anything because of fear for their jobs. The readers are fucking robots that pass on everything because they too are affraid that if they give a thumbs up to something different and good that doesn't fit the cookie cutting mentality, that they'll get sacked. Everything is now big special effects and super big budgets to fit the inflated egos of stars and the production team. Good examples are "Battlefield Earth" and "Blair Witch II". Didn't anybody read the fucking scripts and say, "Jeeze! These movies will tank before they even get out the gate!" Doubtful, there will be sequels to either of these turds. If there is, every theater should be burned to the ground and the guys who greelight these projects, hung by their balls; small as they are. There are many great stories to be told out there without having to deal with the stinking, retreded, manure piles they call movies.

  • Feb. 20, 2001, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Just two good ol' boys driving down the street. We were were sto

    by MorpheusSleeps

    This is fuckin' great! Hunter S. Thompson is a god. I've read this book and it would definitly make a cool movie, although I think it would be rather low key. Kind of odd seeing the names attached to it, but hey, whatever. This producer was obviously born with her head in her ass if she passes up the oppertunity to make this movie especially with names like Del Toro, Depp and Pitt attached to it. Fuck, I'm a poor broke bastard and I'd raise the money if I had to. I hope this moves forward. I'd love to see it and it would definitly join my other DVDs in The Collection. I didn't hear about a director on the porject yet... How about allowing me to do it?

  • Feb. 20, 2001, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Wow he was really hard on that Molly person.

    by Benjamin Horne

  • Feb. 20, 2001, 11:29 p.m. CST

    "The possiblity of complete mental and physical colaspe. . .is n

    by Tall_Boy

    Ok, I was just introduced to this movie recently through a weekend of serious bong-hit toking, but man, does it F-U-C-K-I-N-G R-U-L-E!!! It was so trippy, even moreso then "Trainspotting" and that's a feat in itself. So ya, if Hunter S. Thompson wants to make a movie, he very well frickin' should...looking at that castlist, does that mean Deep and Toro would repirse thier Leaving Las Vegas roles? If so, FUCKIN' EH!!! Anyway, I know nothing about this book, but its as good as Leaving Las Vegas, I'm there....

  • Feb. 20, 2001, 11:49 p.m. CST

    And I thought some of you talkbckers were ruthless.

    by vroom socko

    Even taking into consideration HST's published work, that has to be the most brutal piece of writing I have ever seen. And whoever said that Hell's Angels would make a good film, oh hell yeah! Let's see a movie about a bunch of fat sweaty men getting drunk and beating & raping the population of a small town, with Sonny Barger narrating. And after it premires, I'll go iceskating through the streets of hell.

  • Feb. 20, 2001, 11:59 p.m. CST

    "No cop was ever born who isn't a sucker for a finely-executed h

    by HeywoodFloyd

    it's about fucking time. this site hasn't had an article i've given a shit about in weeks--i'd almost given up. hst's letter are actually sometimes more entertaining than his books. the sarcasticly smooth command of the language isn't really violent, it's just funny--really funny. you can almost hear him smashing these letters out on his manual typewriter, cigarette holder raked up at a steep angle and jammed in the corner of his mouth between gritted teeth. i just hope he's not truly too pissed off--hollywood was fucking shit up for a lot of years before he got onto the scene. off course he's right--providing everyone's schedules can align, there's no reason not to go ahead with this immediately. and all i can say to the fucking moron above who watched fear and loathing in las vegas and thought it was leaving las vegas is send your resume to good machine, i heard they're hiring.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 12:21 a.m. CST

    HAHAHA

    by MorpheusSleeps

    I completely missed the fact that the earlier talkbacker had called it "Leaving Las Vegas". HAHAHA. Anyway www.livejournal.com/users/morpheussleeps . Check it out.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 2:39 a.m. CST

    rum

    by reni

    That is a fucking superb fax...

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Hells angels

    by cjr71244

    I for one liked rum diary a lot and think it would make a great movie, its not the same kind of story as Fear and loathing, but thats just fine. You might have forgot that there was already a movie starring charlie sheen about infiltrating a motorcycle gang "Beyond the law!" Anyways, hopefull we can get gilliam on this project....

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Way to go Hunter! DONT TAKE ANY GUFF FROM THOSE SWINE!!

    by ODELAY

    I think Hunter should be put in charge of this film, period. He knows what he wants from the writers actors and directors so let him do his magic!! THOSE SLIMY HEARTLESS BASTARDS OF THE SO CALLED " MOVIE BUSINESS" SHOULD GET BACK IN THEIR BOXES AND GIVE HUNTER THE BALL!!!

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Damn I gatta read me some Hunter S Thompson some day

    by Lujho

    Transmetropolitan is a really cool, extremely funny comic that you all should read, and the main character is obviously inspired by HST. I've seen Gilliam's Fear and Loathing which has just the funniest performance from Johnny Depp, but It looks like I really have to read some HST books soon, just going by this letter as the only actual HST writing I've read. I hope this potential movie is not fucked by morons.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Ernest Hemingway was a pussy!

    by QuizKidDonnie

    I loved how HST was able to put his fingerprints all over the F&Lin Las Vegas movie, and I hope they let him run part of the show with this one. Apparently he was pretty hands-on for the Vegas flick, providing lots of authentic props and wardrobe, and particularly in helping transform Johnny Depp. The Rum Diary could be a terrific, thoughtful movie, with crazed and desparate men disguised as just a bunch of hipsters hanging out on the beach. Sounds like a stellar cast. I loved the book and I flew through it; everyone should read it, it's old school Hunter and it makes Hemingway look like a big crybaby. If you liked the angry letter above check out either book of HST's letters for LOTS more of the same. Hunter is such a man's man, my dick got longer just writing this talkback.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Christ!

    by Jotham

    I feel berated just reading the thing. I've never read any of his work but if he puts that much passion into a letter his books should be good.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Not at all, MQ Blank...

    by Uncapie

    I totally understand what Thompson is about. That's why I said in my first post that it would get the blood boiling. Looking at the talkback posts, I was right. As for Hollywood being fucked up, I rest my case.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Inviting Criticism

    by PapaSatan

    Don't get me wrong, I love Hunter, and I have wanted to see this book made into a movie since I read it. Hell, I wanted to make it! Unfortunately I lack both the experience and capital to do such a thing. Now for the letter. I have read some of Thompson's letters, and this one seems very likely to have been written by him, I for one would question its motivations. Just like the review for House of 1000 Corpses a few weeks ago, This seems more like publicity then true anger. But I would say that it has done its job. Look at the excitement just one note stirred up. Really, don't you think the producer would already know the actors involved and not really need them named (twice) in a nasty note from Hunter?

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Is this not a sensible place to park

    by northern monkey

    Fear and Loathing I thought was brilliant and Depp is the finest actor of his generation, and after Fight Club and Snatch I have almost forgiven Pitt for Seven Years in Tibet (but not Meet Joe Black). Hunter S Thompson is an evil genius who must be obeyed, given his penchent for sniping at journalists I would be afraid, very afraid if I`d got that letter. Lets hope it encourages the company to get its thumb out of its arse and make what could be a great film

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 8 a.m. CST

    we're your friends, we're not like the others man, really... no

    by split_finger21

    holy jesus! what are these god damned animals!?

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 8:01 a.m. CST

    there's a, uh, big machine in the sky... some sort of electric s

    by split_finger21

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 8:29 a.m. CST

    "Let's get down to brass tacks...

    by Gullo

    ...how much for the ape?"

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Some of Thompson's best writing can be found in his letters

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    That's why they've so far published two volumes of them that are fucking fascinating. Yeah, this sounds/reads a lot like Thompson. It's weird, though, because The Rum Diary is something of a minor work that took ages to get published. Weird. Still, I like the idea of another Hunter movie, but would rather just see Johnny Depp play Thompson in a film version of "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72," possibly as a four-hour miniseries. Now that would rock.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 9:14 a.m. CST

    "Hometown Boy Promotes Deviant Behavior"

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I think this was a headline of the (Louisville) Courier-Journal back in the early 70's. Or was it? The herb is awful potent in these parts, especially in those pre-hydrophonic days. Nothing does the soul better than to see HST again in the limelight. For the HST newbies, I reccomend (in this order) Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas...Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72...Hells Angels...The Great Shark Hunt....The Curse of Lono...and then you're on your own. For the longtime fan, check out "The Gonzo Papers". Volume 1 details a young rising star. Volume 2 delves into the 70's (I think...don't have that one yet!). A couple of years ago Hunter came back home (Louisville loves ya, Hunter!) for a meet & greet session and to talk up the (then) forthcoming F&L in Las Vegas movie. Johnny Depp was there, too. So was Warren Zevon who performed "Lawyers, Guns and Money" (what else?). The evening was arranged to celebrate the Modern Classic (or whatever) re-release of it's edition of F&L in LV. A&E had a crew there to film the night but it seems nothing ever came of it. What did happen was that HST and Depp pretty much drank a bottle of Remy Martin, goofed on each other, talked a couple of young nubiles onto the stage and then left with them. Good, randy fun. And by the way, one of HST's earliest, and STILL best pieces, is the wonderfully accurate "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved". The piece was written back in the mid sixties and is still as true today as it was back then. This is a piece worth seeking out, if you are the type of person predisposed to such things. Now, I'm off to do battle with a double Old Fitzgerald on ice. Bye for now from Loserville, um, Louisville. Kentucky, that is. Where the shoes are optional but the bourbon is mandatory. If you're cool, that is. Tenessee whiskey sucks!!!

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 10:19 a.m. CST

    This might be the greatest AICN article ever!!!!

    by IAmLegolas

    Hunter Thompson rules!

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 10:38 a.m. CST

    HST writes rants like talkbackers can only dream of.

    by Nocturnaloner

    Face it fanboys, you're outclassed. Oh yeah, I have a copy of 'The Curse of Lono', and you don't.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 11:07 a.m. CST

    In Defense of Shooting Gallery

    by Grimfarrow

    This is ridiculous. You're only seeing ONE side of the argument, and you're all rushing to condemn the studio? For your information, Shooting Gallery is one of THE best distributors out there. If it wasn't because of them, Croupier would NEVER have been seen by any of you. They also distributed excellent films like A Time for Drunken Horses, Judy Berlin, and Human Resources. You should instead support an outfit like Shootng Gallery - they show films that deserve to be seen. And remember, they released Croupier. http://www.sgfilms.com

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 11:40 a.m. CST

    That's what I'm talking about!

    by carlos

    Drive on!

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 11:50 a.m. CST

    count_glockula

    by PapaSatan

    I have "Better Than Sex", and it's a great book. That's one reason I say this note maybe being taken a bet too seriously. Some of the letters (faxes) to George S. in "BTS" could hardly be taken as anything other than sarcasm. These notes were mean, yes. But also very funny. And don't forget that these letters were part of conversations with actual people. You really don't know the whole story. Don't forget also, that I too am a Thompson fan. I love the fax and find it very funny. But why would he have to spell out the whole thing to someone he is supposed to already be working with? You have to admit this little fax has been just as effective as any press conference, at no cost. Personally, I hope that He rides everyone involved until the film hits theaters, so that it remains true to the book.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Nocturnaloner

    by PapaSatan

    I have "The curse of Lono" also, weeeeeeeeee!

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Um...

    by IrmaVep

    if there's a whole book made up of his faxes/letters out there, don't you think that would make it really easy to fake one on the internet? I've seen better-written rants on britney spears message boards.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 12:50 p.m. CST

    "The patio was crowded, so we sat inside at the...

    by Ogami Itto

    snack bar. All around us were people I had spent ten years avoiding-shapeless women in wool bathing suits, dull-eyed men with hairless legs and self-conscious laughs, all Americans, all fearsomely alike. These people should be kept at home, I thought; lock thim in the basement of some goddamn Elks Club and keep them pacified with erotic movies; if they want a vacation, show them a; and if they still aren't satisfied, send them into the wilderness and run them with vicious dogs.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 12:56 p.m. CST

    whoops, here's the corrected quote

    by Ogami Itto

    "The patio was crowded, so we sat inside at the snack bar. All around us were people I had spent ten years avoiding-shapeless women in wool bathing suits, dull-eyed men with hairless legs and self-conscious laughs, all Americans, all fearsomely alike. These people should be kept at home, I thought; lock them in the basement of some goddamn Elds Club and keep them pacified with erotic movies; if they want a vacation, show them a foreign art film; and if they still aren't satisfied, send them into the wilderness and run them with vicious dogs." This movie should be made just for this quote alone

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 12:57 p.m. CST

    whoops, here's the corrected quote

    by Ogami Itto

    "The patio was crowded, so we sat inside at the snack bar. All around us were people I had spent ten years avoiding-shapeless women in wool bathing suits, dull-eyed men with hairless legs and self-conscious laughs, all Americans, all fearsomely alike. These people should be kept at home, I thought; lock them in the basement of some goddamn Elds Club and keep them pacified with erotic movies; if they want a vacation, show them a foreign art film; and if they still aren't satisfied, send them into the wilderness and run them with vicious dogs." This movie should be made just for this quote alone

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Paul Kemp is not a happy man!

    by 221b

    ...And this ain't even bat country!

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Thanks Hunter

    by simian

    Thanks Hunter, for being one of the few guys left, who shows some fucking big ass gorilla balls when it comes to dealing with Hollywood. In a land where ass kissing has become the generic trait, it warms my heart to see someone who wont kowtow to it.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 1:59 p.m. CST

    "Rum Diary" is my favorite Thompson book...

    by Elgyn6655321

    ...and IMO it would make a MUCH better movie than "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas" did. Don`t get me wrong, I like "Fear & Loathing", and I love Terry Gilliam, but the movie....what can I say....I couldn`t even watch it all-at-once the first time I saw it. It feels like it`s three hours long. After I got used to the style of the movie (drug-induced live-action cartoon with Depp & DelToro as Roahl Duke & Oscar Acosta), I began to really love it. Now, IMO, "Fear & Loathing" was not a great choice to adapt to film, it just doesn`t have ANY storyline basically. "The Rum Diary", on the other hand, DOES have a great, sadly touching, and cinematic storyline - and it has a lot more than just 2 characters, like in "Fear & Loathing". Having Depp back as a younger Thompson would be great, and I`m guessing in the movie, Brad Pitt would play the young and brash writer from the paper who has the crazy girlfriend, and Nick Nolte would be the grizzled, sardonic old photographer guy from the paper who befirends Thompson. I REALLY want to see this movie now.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 2:08 p.m. CST

    The Shooting Gallery Blows, I Used To Work There

    by Nocturna

    That place is SO F*CKED up! I quit last May even after they begged me to stay with their sorry-ass organization. Recently they fired their whole interactive staff without notice and had them escorted from the building, what a great reward for hard work and loyalty. Hunter has every right to be pissed, SG has had the option forever, and they're just sitting around with their thumbs up their ass in the usual SG fashion. So F*CK SG, Joe T., Larry M. and Daniel F.!!!

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 4:19 p.m. CST

    How would Horatio Alger handle this Talkback?

    by Conspir8or

    For fresh weekly doses of HST, go to his Hey Rube! column on the the ESPN site's Page 2: http://espn.go.com/page2/s/thompson. This ought to bring you to the most recent post. Go to the beginning, take just a little TINY taste of adrenochrome, and strap in.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 4:43 p.m. CST

    HAR FINALLY FUCKIN HAR

    by [] [] [] - PP -

    YES!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!! IT'S ABOUT DAM TIME..

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Wake up and smell the garbage

    by billybob

    You couch jockeys have no idea what you're talking about. First of all, anyone who would have the balls to try to get a movie out of the ramblings called RUM DIARIES deserves praise - so hats off to Holly for the effort to get an artistic project through the Hollywood action factory. Second of all, if HST was able to get his nose off his coke-filled coffee table long enough he would realize that sending out a letter like this to all his Hollywood friends won't accomplish his goal of bullying someone into giving him more money for his drug habit. The Shooting Gallery has made the only good films I've seen this year - You Can Count on Me and Croupier. I doubt Pitt, Del Toro, Nolte and Depp have all agreed to be on the same phone call together let alone the same project. I'm sure those money whores would never agree to work together on a project of artistic worth without holding the producers hostage.

  • 1.) ALL DISTRIBUTORS WILL FUCK YOU! ALL! Billybob, make your film , make it a good one, then take it around to the distributors. Make sure you get a kiss from them when you're ready to sign away your soul. If you think you're going to get a fair deal, you're out of your mind! Better yet, take your film to Peacock or New Cannon(That's right Cannon films is back in business! If that isn't scary!). Bring a jar of Vaseline when you go in. You know-it-alls think this is a fun b usiness to make films. GET IN THE TRENCHES, YOU LITTLE BITCHES AND TAKE OFF YOUR ROSE COLORED GLASSES TO SEE WHAT ITS REALLY LIKE! Hunter S. Thompson is off his drugs and alcohol. A buddy of mine interviewed him for a magazine called "Mean" and he has cleaned up his act. Thompson understands the Hollywood bullshit process o' so well.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 8:01 p.m. CST

    WOFTAM (Waste of flippin' time and money)

    by Flowerdale

    There never will be a good film of HST's work - it is too honest. I remember once reading that Ken Kesey has never seen the film of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest". HST should just take the money and forget the whole thing. That said, this could easily be a hoax.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 8:38 p.m. CST

    "You've gone completely sideways, man!"

    by Tall_Boy

    sorrie, I have to go kick the living crap out of myself for calling it Leaving Las Vegs, that's what I get for posting at 4am. "With any luck, he was scared for life. . ."

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 9:53 p.m. CST

    A HST post and...

    by Gonzo_Filmmaker

    ... everyone goes apeshit and tries to write like him. It's a great topic with a classic HST letter involved but he's been desperate to make a Rum Diary film since twenty years before it was published. I'd love to see it made and thought it would make a great movie since I read it. If he can get Depp, Pitt and Del Toro on board then it will definitely be a king-hell movie.

  • Feb. 21, 2001, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Fear and Loathing in Hollywood. Hunter you just made my day budd

    by Bari Umenema

    Thompson at his best. Sad that this fucked up Shooting Gallery productions even wound up with an option on one of HST's great books. Holly Sorensen can french kiss my butt hole.

  • ya might just catch a lawsuit from that one hunter, but fuckin' Bravo.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Three Words:

    by Lahroo

    It's a FAKE.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 11:51 a.m. CST

    What about our room, and our golf shoes?

    by x1357

    This novel could transfer well, but it will need good leadership, as it leaves it's self wide open for self-indulgence. On another note, could someone post this baby in HTML or txt?

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 3:03 p.m. CST

    A publicity stunt ? Please.

    by asdoi

    To anyone who thinks this is a publicity stunt: Remove your head from your ass. A publicity stunt needs one thing ; publicity. While AICN.com is a very popular site I don't think it holds the clout to be the sole forum of a publicity stunt.

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 5:20 p.m. CST

    apples and oranges

    by Poppy - Nogood

    Well fuckin A if this doesn't sound all to incredible. The good doctor is a golden god, and I wish him the best of luck with that piece of work he sent to that disgusting whore beast from Shooting Gallery and ... Hell man, the real goods lie in Thompson's "Screwjack - Mescalito". Now there's a short story for yah ... I could clearly picture Depp working the great HST angle while isolated in a Terry G. / Oliver S. ( now there's a director for the gonzo-world Bubba) 'esque setting of a lonely disturbingly tripped out mescalin enduced zpo of a hotel room ... sheesh now that would be all-time. Let's hope for this none the less, - Rum Diary is stellar ... 'poppa

  • Feb. 22, 2001, 6:29 p.m. CST

    That is Hunter S. Thompson, no doubt.

    by Lobanhaki

    This isn't a publicity stunt. If you've every read any of his books or seen the movie FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, then it is quite easy to recognize the style of that hell-raiser. He's still as hilarious as ever.

  • Feb. 23, 2001, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Hunter S. Thompson

    by dvan

    I can't wait until this movie is made and hopefully they'll be able to keep the cast. The book was amazing. Hunter S. Thompson has reason to be pissed off over the treatment of this book. After years of being jerked around with "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (which was finally made into a great movie) he knows how the movie business works. Rage on Hunter!

  • Feb. 23, 2001, 11:09 a.m. CST

    HST is an a**hole

    by whistlerain

    I have been a huge fan over the years of him, but I always suspected I wouldn't want to be around him or get to meet him in person. I've meet a few people who know him and basically think he is a boorish pain in the a**. Plus, if you are sick of drugs or the drug culture in general, it's hard to respect Mr. Thompson.

  • Feb. 26, 2001, 2:46 p.m. CST

    gods of gonzo

    by x-ta-c

    A movie about The Rum Diary would no doubt be incredible. Especially with the cast that HST has in mind. This is not a publicity stunt, the good doctor would never stoop to that level. It is apparent, has been for some time, that Hunter wants this novel to be made into a movie, and with any luck, it will be. Long live Gonzo!

  • Feb. 27, 2001, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Keep that asshole Nolte off a project potentially this fantastic

    by lukeweil

  • March 7, 2001, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Fuck, man, you've gone completely sideways.

    by Phat_Cheops

    Guess what, folks? The real reason Hollywood keeps putting out shit is because... PEOPLE KEEP SEEING IT. People have encouraged the kind of thoughtless, vapid drivel that kills brain cells with their money. So why shouldn't Hollywood spout geysers of offal if they're banking off of it? Like someone mentioned earlier, it's a business just like any other. Of course they're all soulless fucks. But they're rich soulless fucks. Is this chick Molly suddenly going to realize how empty and devoid of artistic and, most likely, spritual fulfillment her life is, or is she going to laugh about it while snorting lines of coke off of Freddie Prinze Jr's abs and getting a reacharound from Joel Schumacher? Until we stop paying to see crap, that's all we're gonna get, folks, and no amount of well-penned, on-the-dot letters from Mr. Thompson is gonna change that. We can start by burning down every theater playing Scooby Doo and /or Josie and the Pussycats. Parents: talk to your dumbass, Ritalin-addled, Pokemon-worshipping, Seeing Spot Running kids about this important issue. Jay Sherman: How do you sleep at night? Ranier Wolfcastle: On a pile of money, with many beautiful women.

  • March 9, 2001, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Alex Cox versus commercialism

    by Limeycunt

    I just hope they get a good director in for Rum. I couldn't believe they got Gilliam in to commercialise ..Las Vegas after studio bosses fear and loathing of renegade director Alex Cox got too much for them. If anyone can do gonzo dark surrealism, it's Cox. Not that Gilliam is a bad director and ..Las Vegas is a great film but I think with Cox at the helm for the whole film it would have been so much better. If the studios have the balls to give The lord of the rings to Peter Jackson then they must realise that a cult writer deserves a cult director. They can get their money back with a cult film starring Depp, Pitt et al. and still keep some artistic integrity.

  • March 28, 2001, 1:05 a.m. CST

    God Bless Gonzo

    by BlakeRG

    I had heard about this film a few weeks ago, but was told that Tarentino would be handling it. I guess I heard wrong. I personally can't wait to see what comes from this, as there can never be enough gonzo in the world, whether it's on the screen, or in the library...

  • March 24, 2002, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Look!

    by Mr Neth

    Here's further proof that Hunter S Thompson is GOD! Excellent!

  • June 21, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    10 years later

    by gonello

    Guess who's back