Bobby Kennedy III will film a movie about Hunter S. Thompson in Colorado

Remember that time Hunter S. Thompson ran for Pitkin County Sheriff?

Remember that time Hunter S. Thompson ran for Pitkin County Sheriff?

Maybe you do, maybe you don’t — I don’t know how old you are — but the point is Bobby Kennedy III would like us all to relive it.

In a private meeting today, the 32-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. convinced the Colorado Economic Development Commission to award $300,000 in rebates for “Freak Power,” his movie about Thompson’s third-party bid for office, the Denver Post reports.

The movie will be filmed next summer in Colorado, and since Aspen is hardly what is was in the 1970s, they’ll be filming elsewhere in the state. Among the possible locations, according to the Post, are Silverton, Durango, Leadville, Gunnison, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, Georgetown and Summit County.

Kennedy told the Post, “We’ve been talking to Anita (Thompson’s widow) about filming it at Owl Farm, and we have a sort of agreement with the estate for the rights to certain quotes from his letters.”

He also said he hopes to begin shooting in June with a cast of 100 and a crew of 73 and use local talent. No leads have been cast yet, and the budget is $1.85 million.

Ashley Dean

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