Ralph Steadman Documentary For No Good Reason Picked Up By Sony Pictures Classics

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-01-30 23:18:10discussion comments
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Johnny Depp's connection to legendary journalist Hunter S. Thompson isn't exactly a secret. In addition to starring in two films based on the writer's works - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary - the actor also served as a narrator for the Alex Gibney documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, wrote the introduction for the oral biography "Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson," and financed the extravagant funeral that was held following the writer's suicide in 2005. But soon Depp's ties to the world of Thompson will grow even deeper as Sony Pictures Classics has announced they have acquired the rights to the new documentary For No Good Reason, which features the Academy Award nominated actor observing the work of the writer's equally legendary illustrator Ralph Steadman.

Directed by Charlie Paul, the new documentary was made over the course of 10 years and chronicles not only the artist's time with the great gonzo journalist, but also his work beyond, which includes illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland and Animal Farm as well as printed etchings on writers like William Shakespeare and William S. Burroughs. Steadman has also published books on Sigmund Freud ("Sigmund Freud"), Leonardo da Vinci ("I Leonardo") and even God ("The Big I Am").

In announcing the acquisition, Sony Pictures Classics released a statement saying, "Ralph Steadman is one of the most profound and innovative artists of our generation. We have always admired his work and in this wonderful film, Charlie Paul opens Steadman's studio and unique creative process to both his admirers and new fans in the process."

As of now the film doesn't have an official release date, but while you wait for it to come to a theater near you I recommend heading over to Steadman's website where you can see full galleries of his incredible artwork.
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