MUMBAI: Principal photography began on The Rum Diary on 25 March, 2009 in Puerto Rico.
Based on the first novel by Hunter S. Thompson, the film stars Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli, Richard Jenkins and Giovanni Ribisi. Bruce Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, is directing the film.
The Rum Diary represents the debut film of Infinitum Nihil, the production company headed by Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski. The film is also produced and financed by Graham King and his production company GK Films. Anthony Rhulen and Robert Kravis are also attached to produce. The movie will be shot entirely in Puerto Rico.
Based on the debut novel by Thompson, The Rum Diary tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Depp).
The Rum Diary marks the second film in which Depp has starred based on a work by Hunter S. Thompson, having starred in Terry Gilliam’s screen version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Forthcoming films starring Depp are Michael Mann’s Public Enemies and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.