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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 30, 2013 at 11:44AM

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.
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An illustration by Ralph Steadman for "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.