Kerouac’s “On The Road” Finally Coming to the Screen
If you’ve been reading any of the articles I’ve written recently about the bombardment of remakes and reboots that are actually getting more frequent (remember when everyone thought reality TV was going to die out?), you probably sensed a bit of irritation. “Why must there be a revamped version of everything,” seemed to be the thesis to most of those articles. However, once in awhile, there’s an anomaly when it comes to other films. For instance, as popular as Jack Kerouac’s On The Road is, why hasn’t it received the proper Hollywood treatment and been adapted? It’s some kind of screwball miracle that no one has ever tackled it for the big screen.
That’s all about to change as director Walter Salles has adapted the classic novel for the screen. Even better news is that the film just got its first official trailer, posted on the film’s Facebook page the other day.
As I said, it’s rather backwards for such a beloved and influential book to resist being interpreted into a film. It’s not uncommon these days for big-name authors to sell the rights to their book even before they’re finished writing it. There’s no doubt that someone in the past has attempted to take on Kerouac’s most popular work; but for whatever reason, it has yet to debut at a theatre near you.
Though the film has no official release date, it has a cast loaded with great actors. Kristen Stewart, Kristen Dunst, Amy Adams, and Viggo Mortensen will take on supporting roles; but for the starring roles, Salles has opted to go with actors who are not household names (probably a smart move). This will work in the film’s favor especially because the characters in Kerouac’s coming-of-age tale are very much in alignment with the Everyman and casting Channing Tatum as Sal Paradise would be doing a major disservice to the book and film.
You can checkout the trailer here, but you’ll have to “like” the film’s page in order to do so. You know, they’re calling it “exclusive content,” but all they really want right now is your help to publicize the film. Your call, but I will say it’s worth the “like,” especially when I see people “like” Snooki on Facebook.