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.
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.
Ok as you all probably know, Alex Gibney’s Gonzo is now showing across the nation in selected theatres. For a full list of screenings click here. To view a clip from the film showing Hunter being interviewed on TV after the publication of Hells Angels – complete with guest appearance by one of the Angels, bike and all click here.
The movie has also thrown up some other interesting little nuggets of info which you can read about below.
“I wanted to do something about Puerto Rico — the young novelist and the time he spent hanging out there with William Kennedy, the great novelist. There were wonderful audio tape recordings, and that’s one thing we’ve solved. Hunter used to make audio tapes late at night. Sometimes he’d combine stuff that he’d record in the field with his own running commentary, with music. We’re going to release five CDs of those on a special collection called “The Gonzo Tapes” in conjunction with the film.” – Alex Gibney
“Douglas Brinkley who is also the executor of Thompson’s literary estate, says Thompson would type out the entirety of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, studying the language -“I’ve read the original manuscripts of his work from that era and there’s scarcely a comma out of place,” he says. “It’s perfectly structured prose. We don’t give him enough credit for that. He knew how to write. He learned properly how to write. Once he learned that, it became a question of finding his own voice. He found that at the Kentucky Derby.”
Brinkley says a new book from Thompson’s hot period will be forthcoming in the next couple of years. It was written after Robert Kennedy’s assassination, which prompted Thompson to go to Washington to speak to gun lobbyists.” – chron.com
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Thats about it for now, consider it the good news, because tomorrow I will be addressing an issue that this movie has again highlighted – and I aint happy about it one bit.
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