Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, The Rum Diary, is finally coming to the big screen. Johnny Depp stars a fictionalized version of the gonzo journalist down in Puerto Rico, as he tries to survive his unpredictable colleagues, the dangers of Puerto Rico, and of course, the rum.
Depp borrows the voice he masterfully used in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to play Paul Kemp, a roaming New York journalist who finds himself working for the only english-language paper in Puerto Rico.
Here’s the trailer for The Rum Diary.
Here’s a synopsis of the film from Youtube:
“Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson, “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.”
The Rum Diary hits theaters on October 28th, 2011.