Johnny Depp - Depp Promised Thompson He'd Shoot Rum Diary

JOHNNY DEPP is glad he was finally able to make a movie version of HUNTER S. THOMPSON's THE RUM DIARY - because it fulfils a promise he made to the writer before his death.
The Hollywood star met cult author Thompson "many years ago" and claims he and the writer discovered a long-lost script at Thompson's home, which they agreed to work on as a film with director Bruce Robinson.
The script Depp and Thompson discovered was published as The Rum Diary in 1998, but the movie project fell through because Robinson had decided to take a break from Hollywood.
So Depp was delighted when the filmmaker revisited the proposal following Thompson's death in 2005, as he can finally fulfil his promise when the picture is released next year (11).
He tells Britain's Culture magazine, "Hunter and I, many, many years ago, unearthed this script in his basement. He thought it was pretty good, and we made this deal in the middle of the night that we'd make it into a film and produce it together.
"A year or two later, we'd had meetings with financiers etc. Our first choice to direct then was Bruce Robinson... (But) he didn't want anything to do with movies... Hunter made his exit, and I pursued Bruce like a bandit, a fiend, and we got him."
Depp famously played Thompson in the 1998 big screen version of his book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.


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Carole J

I wonder what "The Rum Diary's" plot is? I am not a Thompson fan and have not seen "Fear and Loathing" even though I anxiously await a new Depp movie. I think it is so great that in this day and age, that Depp is such a loyal and devout friend. I can imagine any promise he makes is gold. I laughed so hard at the interview when Depp was talking about Jolie's 175 dog that he sat overnight and it "Tried to have his way" with Depp. I could just picture that and I laugh every time. Plus he said the dog was very smelly. [Yet he had it in bed with him.]Long live Depp- The more I see and read of him, the more I really respect him as a human being and of course as the last 15 year's best actor in the world.
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