Johnny Depp Reads Gonzo 'Diary'
Bruce Robinson of 'Withnail and I' fame will direct
Producer Graham King acquired the rights back in 2000 for the Thompson autobiographical novel. King will produce through his GK Films banner along with Depp's Infinitum Nihil shingle.
Depp will play the main role of Paul Kemp, a freelance journalist working in 1950s Puerto Rico and surrounding himself with various self-destructive characters.
Thompson's book was written in 1959 and first published in 1998.
The project will be adapted and directed by Bruce Robinson, who knows a few things about helming drunken odysseys from his days on the cult classic "Withnail and I."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The Rum Diary" may be Depp's follow-up to Mira Nair's "Shantaram." Depp and King were recently attached to a big screen version of the popular vampire soap opera "Dark Shadows."
The actor, most recently seen for the third time as Captain Jack in the latest "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," will next be seen in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd." Depp previously played Thompson to great acclaim in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."