Monday, January 31, 2011

Whither Rum Diary?

In 2003, it was announced that a film version of Hunter S. Thompson's great Kerouac-ish novel The Rum Diary was in the works, and starring the great Kentuckian Johnny Depp himself as its protagonist. Being a huge fan of both HST and Depp, I rejoiced and waited for it to appear in a theater near me.

And waited. And waited.

Then in 2009 they declared the film wrapped up and ready to go, with a 2010 release on the way. 2010 came and went. No sign of The Rum Diary.

IMDB currently lists the movie as having a 2011 release date, but nothing specific. Curiously, they still list it as being in post-production.

I've got a bad feeling about this.

Then again, how could it go wrong with Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, and the yumtastic Amber Heard? I'll watch it no matter what. If it ever gets released, that is.

- - JSH

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