If you wanted further proof that the cult around gonzo author and journalist Hunter S. Thompson is 'too weird to live, and too rare to die', you only need to look to MGM Television, who have announced they are producing a show based on his life.

The show will be called Fear and Loathing, after the writer's best-known works Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

Hunter has previously been portrayed by Johnny Depp in a trippy film adaption of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and in The Rum Diary, based on the writer's time at a newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was also played by Bill Murray in the 1980 movie Where the Buffalo Roam, so there are some big shoes to fill for the yet-to-be-announced lead.

Here's Johnny Depp playing the role:

Credit: Universal Pictures

All we know about the show so far is that Davey Holmes - who worked previously on the TV adaption of Elmore Leonard's 1990 thriller-comedy novel Get Shorty - will be writing and developing it.

MGM Television Group president Mark Burnett announced in a statement: "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.

"Davey is tremendously talented and has demonstrated that he can deliver quality programming that will resonate with viewers."

Holmes also released a statement, saying: "After resisting overall deals for years, I couldn't be more excited or proud to be embracing this one.

"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."

Before his death in 2005, Hunter's daily drink and drug routine was something to behold. It was published in E. Jean Carroll's biography of the journalist: Hunter: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson.

As you can see, it wasn't just cocaine and whisky he was into; he also made sure to fit time into his busy day for Heineken (very specific), acid, weed and grapefruit - which isn't a drug but is delicious.

And, considering that stories about Hunter range from doing LSD whilst reporting on future presidents to requesting Johnny Depp blow his ashes out of a cannon, it's unlikely that entering bat country once again will be a disappointment.

Featured Image Credit: R. Sexton (Creative Commons) / Universal Pictures

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