Book End Babes, I know how much you love Johnny Depp! He’s back on the big screen soon, in a books to screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s debut novel, “The Rum Diary.”
THE RUM DIARY tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen’s financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.
This is the second time around for Depp to pay homage to his friend and gonzo-journalist, Hunter S. Thompson. Depp previously starred as Raoul Duke in the 1998 Terry Gilliam cult-classic “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” The film opens in theaters on October 28 and will be Rated R.
And what would Hunter S. Thompson think of this latest film based on his literary works? Who knows. But if this video of Thompson debating Gilliam, and trying to make sense of bringing his words to the screen is any indication, I can confidently say whatever he would have had to say would undoubtedly be bizarrely interesting! Watch the video from the set of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Warning, the video may not be safe for viewing in the workplace, or around small children due to Thompson’s “colorful” language. Then take a minute to watch the official trailer for THE RUM DIARY, and drop me a note to tell me what you think about this upcoming film release.