A film version of this seminal book from Kerouac – a well-known figure from the Beat Generation (a group of American writers and poets who came to prominence in the 1950’s), had been in the works for a while before director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) came onboard. The $25 million picture has been produced by Francis Ford Coppola (who was actually down to direct a version at one point).
Starring Garrett Hedlund (who will be seen next in Tron: Legacy) and Sam Riley as protagonists Dean Moriarty and Kerouac’s alter ego Sal Paradise, On the Road is a largely autobiographical work that was based on a road trip involving Kerouac and his friends across mid-century America, taking in and commenting on the cultural landscape they encountered on the way.
Salles has done his best to make the road trip a memorable one. An all-star cast made up of Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard, Alice Braga and Elisabeth Moss will be joining the duo on their journey.
The film is still in production at the moment, so expect to probably see it in cinemas sometime late next year, Daddy-o.