Fear & Loathing TV show in the works
Get Shorty showrunner Davey Holmes is at the helm of Fear & Loathing.
A TV show about the life of one of journalism’s ultimate gonzo bad boys, Hunter S. Thompson, is in the works.
On Monday, MGM Television announced that a bio project about Thompson was authorized and that Get Shorty showrunner Davey Holmes would be at the helm.
Titled ‘Fear & Loathing’ after Thompson’s most famous collection, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey into the Heart of the American Dream, there’s yet to be a due date set for a release.
This project will be the first effort under Holmes’ new deal with MGM TV.
“As we look to the future of MGM Television, it is imperative that we forge long-term relationships with creators who have an eye for dynamic storytelling,” MGM Television Group president Mark Burnett said in a statement. “Davey is tremendously talented and has demonstrated that he can deliver quality programming that will resonate with viewers.”
A TV dream
Hunter S. Thompson’s life reads like a dream for TV, with his experiences with subjects such as the Hells Angels biker gang, his ridiculing of Richard Nixon and an unsuccessful bid to become sheriff making for brilliant viewing.
And then you have his actual character. Bringing his savagery and uniqueness to the small screen presents as a tough task, however it is in safe hands with Davey Holmes, who worked on gritty shows like Shameless, Awake, Pushing Daises, and of most recently Get Shorty.
“After resisting overall deals for years, I couldn’t be more excited or proud to be embracing this one,” said Holmes. “It’s a partnership with a studio that makes some of the most exciting television out there. I can’t say enough about the intelligence, daring creativity and overall support MGM has brought to our collaboration.”
Keep a look out for the release of Fear & Loathing, it’s sure to be a trip.