Benicio Del Toro has passed on directing a movie adaptation of HUNTER S THOMPSON's THE RUM DIARY because it has taken 18 months to get cameras rolling.

According to the film's star, Josh Hartnett, the movie is now being directed by Bruce Robinson.

The film, which was due to start shooting in December 2003, follows the romantic exploits of an alcoholic journalist in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Del Toro and FEAR + LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS co-star Johnny Depp are set to join Hartnett in the cast.

15/04/2005 02:56