April 19, 2010

Do we know who will play the lead in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road'?

Possibly, according to this from Collider (the whole article can be found here):

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?


  1. This project could turn out to be amazing or awful...it's one of those projects where I don't think there will be an in between, but who knows...

  2. I've studied enough of the Beat generation to be very interested in how this turns out. Between this and Howl, it's seeming like the next year or two will be kind to the Beats...

  3. I'm just amazed it's taken this long to turn into a film. I don't know how the film will turn out like, I know I'll want to like it because the book is one of my favorites. It's one of those books that just flows like poetry but it's also prose. Difficult to marry the two.