A June 2004 Vanity Fair article co-written by Hunter S. Thomspon has been slated for a film adaptation, announced The Hollywood Reporter on May 3. "Prisoner of Denver" tells the true story of a young woman wrongfully charged with murder who struck up a correspondence with Thompson while in prison.
Lisl Auman was a 21-year-old Colorado resident in 1997 when she was charged with murder - a crime that occurred while she was already in police custody. While serving a life sentence, she contacted Thompson, whose activism (with the help of celebrity friends including Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Benicio del Toro, and Woody Harrelson), along with the
Vanity Fair article, helped get Auman's sentence overturned in 2005 (shortly after Thompson committed suicide).
Thompson co-wrote "Prisoner of Denver" with Mike Seal, a contributor editor for Vanity Fair who will reportedly co-produce the film. The production team is looking for writers to portray Thompson and Seal as "a couple of gonzo Woodward and Bernsteins," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film will join Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Art Linson's Where the Buffalo Roam, and Bruce Robinson's forthcoming The Rum Diary, all of whose lead characters are based on the late journalist and author (played by Johnny Depp, Bill Murray, and Depp again, respectively).