ON THE ROAD

ETA: summer 2012, Director: Walter Salles

An adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel ‘On the Road’ has been on the cards for years. In the 1950s, Kerouac himself tried to persuade Brando to play Dean Moriarty, while Kerouac would have played his alter ego, Sal Paradise, in a novel that captures the heart and spirit of Beat-era America. Francis Ford Coppola has held the rights to the book since 1979 and tried and failed to get a film going with various actors, including Brad Pitt, Ethan Hawke and Colin Farrell. Finally, he hired Brazilian director Walter Salles on the back of ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’, and many of the team from that film joined Salles in shooting across North and South America in the second half of 2010. British actor Sam Riley (‘Control’) plays Paradise, while American Garrett Hedlund (‘Tron Legacy’) is Moriarty. The cast also includes Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen. Shortly after shooting, Riley told Time Out it was a hard shoot and other reports suggest that Salles took a guerilla approach, often improvising and making last-minute decisions to suit the story. Kerouac fans will no doubt await the film with claws sharpened – but will it attract a new generation to this mid-twentieth-century American tale?

Check out the source for the rest of the listTime Out London

And another mention of a possible Cannes 2012 premiere was posted on Twitter yesterday Josh Dickey from Variety.

The Cannes Film Festival is held in France, May 16th to the 27th.

And the article above lists summer as a release date – not sure how true that is, but a Kristen Stewart site, Robsteners, came across a listing for Switzerland that had the movie coming out May 23rd. In order to compete at Cannes, it can’t be in theaters before the festival, but maybe the plans are to release it right after the festival ends? I know … more speculation. Hopefully we’ll get some more definitive information soon.

Also from Josh and regarding Garrett’s casting in Akira (he was answering a question I had about an article that made it sound like Garrett had officially accepted the role):

 

The 32 films to look out for in 2012 and beyond… OTR
Laura ReTweet
10 Nov, 2011



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