Saturday, 19 June 2010

Response to Comment

A comment left after the last post "Popcorn on the Cob" by The Gangster of Love asked what do I know about the Film The Rum Diary? Well here is what I know about it:

The Rum Diary is based on a novel by the late great Hunter S. Thompson, writer of "Where the Buffalo Roam" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". It was produced by Dark and Stormy Entertainment the company behind the TV shows "Kidnapped" and "My Own Worst Enemy". It was shot on location in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was Directed by Bruce Robinson famed for directing "The Killing Fields" and "Withnail and I" from his own screenplay. It stars Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical point in his life while writing for a run down newspaper in the Caribbean. Paul is challenged on many levels as he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of lost souls all bent on self destruction.

It co stars Aaron Eckhart, Amber Head, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins and Amaury Nolasco. It has a budget of $45Million and has had a strange and twisting journey to the screen. At one point the film was going to be directed by and star Benicio Del Toro till financial problems arose, other actors rumoured to appear in it over the years have been Josh Hartnett, Brad Pitt and Nick Nolte. Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson were both up for the role of Chenault but lost out to Amber Head.

Here are the first two pictures released of the film.

It was scheduled to be released this year but has been put back 3 separate times so far and rumours suggest the studio aren't quite happy with the final cut of the Picture. I think they are probably waiting to release it during Award season or when the next Pirates of the Caribbean flick gets released to catch some of the Depp factor off that film. Hope this is helpful Gangster and keep your eyes peeled on that Neighbour of yours and The Lawnmower Man.

Thanking You

The Housebound Writer


  1. Sounds great. I'm really looking forward to it!

  2. It sounds like a good movie and the photography is beautiful! =))))

    I have a question for you, Andrew, do you like the Coen brothers? Could you please think of a post or a series of posts talking about their movies?! I'd love to hear your opinion. Kiss you. =*

  3. Nice, I wonder how it will be in comparison to Fear and Loathing. I used to have "Where the Buffalo Roam" and I can't say I was the biggest fan of it....I liked Fear and Loathing more, but as actors, I usually like Bill Murray more than Depp. His sarcasm cracks me up.

  4. Sounds interesting, Andrew. Will definitely put on my "see" list, though, to be honest, most new movies leave me cold.