- Cast: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins, Amaury Nolasco, Bill Smitrovich, Michael Rispoli, Marshall Bell, Karen Austin, Andy Umberger, Karina Villegas, Julian Holloway, Aaron Lustig, Karimah Westbrook, Jimmy Ortega, Gavin Houston, Bruno Irizarry, Julio Ramos Velez
- Director: Bruce Robinson
- Writers: Bruce Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson
- Producers: Christi Dembrowski, Johnny Depp, Graham King, Robert Kravis, Anthony Rhulen
- Co Producer: Peter Kohn
- Executive Producers: William Shively, George Tobia Jr., Colin Vaines, A.J. Dix, Tim Headington, Patrick McCormick, Greg Shapiro
- Art Direction: Dawn Swiderski
- Casting: Denise Chamian
- Costume Design: Colleen Atwood
- D.O.P.: Dariusz Wolski
- Editor: Carol Littleton
- Makeup: Matteo Silvi
- Music: Christopher Young
- Production Design: Chris Seagers
- Set Decoration: Rosemary Brandenburg
Paul Kemp is a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Puerto Rico
- MPAA Warning: Language, brief drug use and sexuality
- Production Budget: $45 million
- Production Companies: Dark & Stormy Entertainment, FilmEngine, GK Films, Infinitum Nihil
- Production Schedule: 25 March 2009 - 24 May 2009
2011 Guide Analysis: "Having essentially played legendary writer Hunter S. Thompson in the autobiographical "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", it's no surprise that Depp would choose to star in the film adaptation of the gonzo journo's other famous novel. Written in 1959 but not published until 1998, development on this began back in 2000 with Depp signed on to star and produce. However, after two failed attempts (including a version with Josh Hartnett and Benicio del Toro) it wasn't until early 2009 that $65 million in financing got locked down and production got underway in Puerto Rico.
'Loathing' benefited greatly from the direction of Terry Gilliam who seemed very well suited to Thompson's style. 'Diary' however isn't getting the short shrift as it brought "Withnail and I" helmer Bruce Robinson out of retirement - his first directing job since 1992's "Jennifer 8" and first script since Neil Jordan's "I n Dreams" in 1999. Robinson actually seems a good fit for the material which is not as eccentric as 'Loathing' but still somewhat unique.
There's a great supporting cast on hand as well, though some have already had issues with the way the Yeamon character, which was one of the more unique ones in the book, has apparently been written out of the script while his plot elements have been merged with other characters (likely Sanderson). Don't fret purists, before he died Thompson apparently approved the script for the film.
This leaves only one question that everyone wants the answer to - when will this be getting a release? The film was completed almost a year ago and many were wondering what was the hold up. Producer/distributor Graham King went on to reveal late last year in a GQ interview that he's holding it until Fall this year because Depp "wants to really get out and promote that movie and he's working this whole year... The movie is really good. Johnny and I agreed to not just throw it out there and give it time where he can travel around and promote it."