Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy) is in negotiations to play the lead role of Dean Moriarty in Walter Salles’ (The Motorcycle Diaries) adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. A film adaptation of the book, which was published in 1957, has been in development for years. Francis Ford Coppola optioned the rights back in the 1970s.
In an interview in 2008 with CNN [via /Film], Salles said “I am not really interested in doing a period piece that wouldn’t have a correlation with what we are living right now. There is a strange modernity to the theme, and maybe On the Road is more contemporary today than it ever was.”Production Weekly tweets that production is set to begin this summer.
-As a fan of the book, I'm interested to see how this turns out...thoughts?