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Johnny Depp's 'The Rum Diary' finally gets a pour

March 29, 2011 | 10:56 am

"The Rum Diary," the Johnny Depp-starring version of Hunter S. Thompson's semi-autobiographical novel, is finally coming to theaters.

Diary The movie will be released by start-up distributor FilmDistrict, which announced Tuesday that it would bring out the movie Oct. 28. Graham King, who founded FilmDistrict, helped produce the picture before he founded his distribution arm.

The film wrapped production in 2009 in Puerto Rico but had been caught in distribution limbo. Thompson's book, which he wrote in the early 1960s, faced a much larger delay: It took nearly 40 years to get published.

Set at a Puerto Rican newspaper in the 1950s, "Rum Diary" centers on Paul Kemp (Depp as the Thompson stand-in) and is a story of personal and professional intrigue -- and heavy drinking -- among American expats. It's based loosely on Thompson's own experiences on the island.

Depp and Thompson were close in the last years of the author's life, with the author said to have shown the "Rum Diary" manuscript to the actor.

-- Steven Zeitchik

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Photo: "The Rum Diary." Credit: Simon & Schuster

 


 
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I’m very anxious to see Depp embody the good doctor again! Thompson influenced the past few generations with his invention of Gonzo Journalism. His work and antics will live on to influence even more generations to come. I paid tribute to the man and his work with my portrait and article on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/02/in-memoriam-hunter-s-thompson.html

I can't wait for this film to come out in October. My brother, who was in the Air Force and stationed in Puerto Rico in 1959, took black&white pictures, which I sent to the producers, and I'll be quite interested to see if any of the scenes in them are used in "The Rum Diary". I'm a Johnny Depp fan as well - love his many works. He's a true artist.


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