Where’s the Rum Gone?

It has finally been confirmed that, which Johnny Depp fans thought impossible. The Rum Diary now has a release date. And it’s due in cinemas this year. November 2011 it will finally arrive.

Directed by Withnail and I’s Bruce Robinson the film follows Paul Kemp, a freelance journalist who reaches a crucial turning point in his life while working for a newspaper in San Juan. With a little help from a lot of Rum he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of souls all bent on self-destruction.

From the synopsis it sounds quite serious and dark, however there will no doubt be a few laughs along the way from the director who made ’two actors go on holiday by mistake’ into a film with cult status.

Johnny Depp returns to the Caribbean – this time on dry land – to play the lead with Aaron Eckhart and Drive Angry’s Amber Heard playing the film’s love interest whom Kemp becomes obsessed with. It is also a return to Hunter S. Thompson territory for Depp who previously starred in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ back in 1998.

The Rum Dairy has had a bumpy ride to the cinemas with production starting as far back as 2004 during which it was rumoured that Kiera Knightly, Brad Pitt, Josh Harnett and Scarlett Johansson may star. The role of director was also handed around, with Benicio Del Toro supposedly directing the film at one point.

The adaptation will be the first film by Robinson since the thriller ‘Jennifer Eight’ was released back in 1992. The director rose to fame in the late 1990s after his début film ‘Withnail and I’ was re-discovered on video by masses of university students, and then went on to gain cult status. He later wrote and directed off-beat British comedy ‘How to Get Ahead in Advertising’ before heading to Hollywood to direct Jennifer Eight. The British director, who previously worked as an actor, has since wrote numerous screenplays and books and was approached by Depp in 2001 to write the screenplay for ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’.

Johnny Depp himself has been busy lately recording a cameo appearance in the film version of the hit 80s American TV show ’21 Jump Street’ which catapulted the actor to fame. That film is due in cinemas next year and in the mean time Johnny Depp fans can look forward to seeing The Rum Diary when it opens in cinemas finally this November.

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