A resource and bibliography of Hunter S. Thompson's Work By Marty Flynn
“(*UPDATE: A week after this story posted, we were contacted by one of the producers of the “Hell’s Angels” movie, who happens to be the legal counsel for the “motorcycle club.” He told us that the movie Scott is directing for 20th Century Fox is actually being adapted from Hell’s Angels founding member Sonny Barger’s book “Hell’s Angels: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club.” The thing is that Scott made it clear that he has the rights for Thompson’s novel, so one assumes that he and screenwriter Stephen Gaghan are trying to create the fullest and most accurate representation of the group by including accounts both from Thompson and Barger, rather than favoring one side of the story over the other.)” From http://www.comingsoon.net
With The Rum Diary more or less at the end of it’s filming stage another of HST’s books is looking likely to be put to the screens.
In an interview with http://www.comingsoon.net Tony Scott (who made the new version of The Taking of Pelham 123) said he has plans to produce a movie of Hunter’s first book Hell’s Angels with Stephen Gaghan (right) already at work on the script. “My dance card is so full, I’m so lucky,” he told us before listing off some of the projects that are at the front of his mind. “I’ve got ‘The Warriors,’ I’ve got ‘Hell’s Angels’ – I’ve owned the Hunter Thompson book for 12 years and Steve Gaghan is writing the script right now. I own all these great titles. Another one called ‘Lucky Strike’ about guys who repro aircraft. ‘Potsdamer Platz,’ which is by the guys who wrote ‘Sexy Beast.’ Now with all these movies that are ready to go. They’re scripted, they’re budgeted, and now I’ve gotta make them before I die. I’m getting old.”
Gaghan has worked on such movies as Traffic, Havoc and Syriana, and is a good choice to take on what could be a tough one to adapt, but if done right could be a “Humdinger”
As for dates etc it’s way to0 early to start rubbing our hands together in anticipation but it will give fans of the Doc something to follow. I hate to take things for granted but maybe it ‘s safe to say that Johnny Depp will be lurking with intent to star in this too.
More news as it comes along.