Chris Young to score The Rum Diary?

This news is from an unofficial source so keep that in mind!

“Christopher Young will score Bruce Robinson’s adaption of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel The Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckart and Giovanni Ribisi. The Rum Diary marks the second collaboration of Robinson and Young after Jennifer Eight. The movie is set to be released in 2010 and tells the story of Paul Kemp (Depp), a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean.”



Wayne Ewing weighs in on life with Hunter

Hey folks,

First off thanks for the all the good will directed my way regarding this damned eye of mine. It is on the mend slowly but surely. Secondly I just received a very interesting email from Wayne Ewing regarding a new section on his website, here are the details:

“I will be writing weekly stories about life with Hunter and the making of the films along with exclusive clips from the archives. Not unlike my old Sundays with Hunter, when for years I helped him write columns for the San Francisco Examiner and, except a bit less frustrating for me.

But I still miss him like many of you, especially since I’m editing a scene right now I shot with him writing one of his last columns in 2004. There are three new pieces up already one about taking Hunter to DC for George McGovern’s birthday, another about the original “Breakfast with Hunter” project and also the real story of what happened that fateful day when Hunter shot Deborah.”

Check out the stories and video clips at

I had a good look through the stuf earlier and I know you will like it! If you haven’t already seen Wayne’s documentaries about Hunter make sure to check them out, they are brilliant!



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Withnail and I – Cake and Fine Wine!

For those of you unfamiliar with Bruce Robinson (shame on you) and wondering how on earth he ended up directing The Rum Diary then these three clips should ease your fears. Withnail and I is a masterpiece and if you haven’t seen it then DO SO NOW!!!

Hell’s Angels NOT heading for theatrical release! (UPDATED!)


Ready, set, go…ah well not exactly. Just to clarify some incorrect reports that are circulating the web, Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thompson is NOT currently being adapted for the big screen by Tony Scott and Stephan Gaghan. They are in fact working on a project about Sonny Barger based on his autobiography called Hell’s Angel. Apparently earlier reports on various websites confused the two books and thought that it was Hunter’s book that they were working from. Sorry but that is not the case, which is a pity as it deserves the big screen treatment.

I knew it sounded too good to be true. In my opinion they went with the wrong book.

Ron Mexico

UPDATE: It appears that there is more to this than meets the eye, reports now indicate that the movie might draw from Hunter’s book after all. Head on over to HSTbooks for more info.

Official Cast of The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp (Paul Kemp)Aaron Eckhart (Sanderson)Amber Heard (Chenault)Giovanni Ribisi (Moberg)Amaury Nolasco (Segurra)

Ok guys so here is the cast of The Rum Diary – click on the thumbnails for a larger view.

Michael Rispoli (Sala)Richard Jenkins (Lotterman)Bill Smitrovich (Zimburger)Marshall Bell (Donovan)

So what do you think? Why not leave a comment and let the Gonzo world know!

All the best,

Ron Mexico

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More Extras Required For The Rum Diary


Producers of The Rum Diary are still scouting for extras to fill out scenes with Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart and Amber Heard. It is estimated that almost 3,500 people are needed over the 49 day filming schedule. 

One of the biggest challanges facing director Bruce Robinson is recreating the carnival of Saint Thomas.  For that scene in particular around 800 people are needed, of whom 200 have to be tourists. One of the many problem’s facing the casting director is getting people with the right look for a film set in 1960’s. Issues such as hair styles can prove to be a huge problem and anybody interested in being an extra must be prepared to have their hair styled in the appropriate manner to match the era in question. Another problem is finding enough fair skinned people to act as tourists and in a sense stand out from the Puerto Rican extras.  

Anybody that is interested in trying out should send a full body photo to, accompanied by your name, age, height & clothes size. Applicants should also mention what town they are from, because filming will take place  in Vega Baja, Ceiba and Naguabo. Oh and you might want to check out this great shot of Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp from recent filming on the island.



All I can say is I cannot wait for this film to be released!

Ron Mexico

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