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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Ralph Steadman Doc 'For No Good Reason' Featuring Johnny Depp

Photo of Jay A. Fernandez By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire January 30, 2013 at 10:55AM

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to the Ralph Steadman documentary “For No Good Reason” directed by Charlie Paul.
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"For No Good Reason" with Johnny Depp & Ralph Steadman

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to the Ralph Steadman documentary “For No Good Reason” directed by Charlie Paul.

Steadman is most well known for the illustrations he contributed to the writings of Hunter S. Thompson when they were developing their Gonzo style of journalism in the 1970s. His political and satirical drawings have appeared in many books since then, and the film investigated the artist’s process with the help of Johnny Depp (who famously appeared as Thompson in Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”). Itch Film co-founder Lucy Paul produced.

“Ralph Steadman is one of the most profound and innovative artists of our generation,” said SPC’s Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. “We have always admired his work and in this wonderful film, Charlie Paul opens Steadman's studio and unique creative process to both his admirers and new fans in the process.”

Independent Film Sales is repping foreign rights.

Sony Pictures Classics recently released the documentaries “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” “West of Memphis” and “Searching for Sugar Man.” It has “The Gatekeepers” opening in theaters Friday, Feb. 1.

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