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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs 'For No Good Reason,' Documentary on Gonzo Cartoonist Ralph Steadman with Johnny Depp

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by Beth Hanna
January 30, 2013 11:44 AM
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An illustration by Ralph Steadman for "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Charlie Paul's directorial debut, "For No Good Reason." The documentary centers on British cartoonist Ralph Steadman, best known for his artwork with author Hunter S. Thompson, and features Johnny Depp observing Steadman's working process at his home studio.

Among Steadman's many achievements are his illustrations of classics "Alice in Wonderland" and "Animal Farm," printed etchings on writers from Shakespeare to Burroughs, and published books on the lives of Sigmund Freud, Leonardo da Vinci and God. The Steadman-Thompson collaboration defined the Gonzo journalism movement, taking a critical eye to the Vietnam era.

Paul himself is a former director of advertising and an artist, and has spent the last decade making the film.

Depp starred in 1998's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" as journalist Raoul Duke on a drug-induced odyssey through the eponymous desert city. It is based on the novel written by Thompson and illustrated by Steadman.

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