Finally: Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to become Movie. Starring Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame…

Via on May 7, 2010

Finally: Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to become Movie. Starring Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame…Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund. Directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries). Produced by Francis Ford Coppola.

"on the road" movie kristen stewart  kerouacIt only took 53 years.

On the Road arrives at a theater near you in 2011.

Looks like the filmmakers that be didn’t listen to elephant. We were all set on Mad Men’s Jon Hamm playing Kerouac in what was until this week a future-hypothetical always-nearly-in-production yet-never-made film adaption of Jack Kerouac’s inherently cinematic, the truly Great American Novel, On the Road.

I remember hearing about a film adaption that nearly made it…way back in 1992 or 3, when Beat Buddhist poet and activist, and close friend of Jack’s, visited my school (Boston University) and said that he hoped Jonny Depp would play Kerouac.

From E!:

Filmmakers have long been attempting to bring the Jack Kerouac 1957 classic to the big screen. While both Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant have been unsuccessful in their attempts, it appears Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salle is beginning to get the wheels turning in earnest….

Now, of course, Ginsberg himself is starring in a movie: Howl, where he’s being played by the energetically hunky James Franco (Allen would be pleased).

Info on On the Road (we’ll update as we have it):

It’s a $25 million production.

Director Walter Salles has already traveled across the U.S., retracing Kerouac’s footsteps to work out the adaptation. He’s filmed a documentary on his travels “On the Road”, perhaps for the DVD extras?

Oscar-nominated scribe Jose Rivera (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) wrote the screenplay.

Brilliant actress Kristen Stewart will play Dean Moriarty’s sexy, bubbly on-and-off wife Marylou. Hedlund is the charismatic, mad, brilliant Moriarty. Riley will star as Kerouac’s alter ego, the shy lonesome Sal Paradise.

“We are enormously proud to be collaborating on one of the last great cinematographic adventures of the 20th century to be brought to the screen,” backers Nathanael Karmitz and Charles Gillibert said.

Via USA Today:

Looks as if Kristen Stewart is going On the Road. And not just because she is doing publicity for the latest Twilight film, Eclipse, opening June 30.

As she told USA TODAY’s Susan Wloszczyna today while in Chicago for an Oprah taping, “I am very much attached to a movie that has been trying to get made forever. Not that this is going to help it, but maybe I can just brag a little bit. I am super excited about it, too. I am about to play Marylou in On the Road. So that’s a big deal.”

Bonus: the real deal:

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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13 Responses to “Finally: Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to become Movie. Starring Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame…”

  1. Tee King
    You don't wanna know how much this excites an old woman with a bum ticker…lol!

    Craig Filek
    it better not suck. you can't f@%$ with Neal Cassady

    Steve Derrickson
    I am not psyched.

    Deborah Garrick
    Like most great books, it will probably not translate well to film, especially banking on Kirsten Stewarts limited acting skills. I have never seen any of the Twilight films, they seem so glamourized vampired poofters! My grandson, who is 18 years, saw them, and wished he hadn't! I'm with Lauren Bacall on this one, Nosferatu, that was a great, … See Moresilent film by Fritz Lang, and even silent it was creepy, now your'e taking a legend of poetry, and sticking some new starlet in it, blech…I'll stick with my first edition On the Road!

    Andrea Kuieck
    also not psyched

    Carlos A. Inada
    An interview with Walter Salles was published on May 1st in Brazil (Walter Salles is Brazilian), and he says he waits for a miracle for the film to be made. Considering the previous attempts to make this film, he compares it to Sisyphus, in the sense that one can never be sure if will be able to carry the stone to the top. "The director says that … See Morehe'll decide until the end of the year if this fiction [he's recently presented a documentary on this attempts to make the film] will be made or not. Until then, he's 'immersed in the process of searching a possible film.'" So… according to this interview with Walter Salles at least, it's not sure we'll have a film.

    Peter Sang
    Could, and will possibly be a similar bomb as Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".

    elephantjournal.com
    If you remember reading about Luanne, or Marylou, Kristen wassherface shouldn't be too bad a fit.

    • also from FB:
      elephantjournal.com
      Read my writeup to see who Ginsberg himself wanted to play Kerouac, back in the 90s. You'll like that one.

      Peter Sang
      I don't think it matters who the lead actor is.
      Johnny Depp is brilliant, at the top of his craft,
      but Fear and Loathing was a total disaster regardless.
      I don't see this as translating from the printed page to
      a digital intermediate (I.e., film)

      elephantjournal.com
      Funny. I do. I think the novel was so cinematic. So fun and wild and big and wide and colorful and crazy.

      Adam Rubenstein
      hmmm…i think i also fall into the "not psyched" camp.

      Jen Matson
      great book. leave it at that, please!

      elephantjournal.com
      C'mon, hatahs…the Harry Potter movies, Jane Austen movies…etcetcetcetc…few adaptations may be as good as the originals, but they always result in thousands if not millions more reading the originals. Which we can all agree is a good thing.

      Alli Braus Fronzaglia
      I agree!

  2. AndreasLabuschagne says:

    I personally preferred DharmaBums – Desolation Angels, but what have you then?
    Mmm…
    On the Road is everybodys’ classic.

    Remember ‘The Subterraneans’ (1960)?
    Hehehe
    Also heard of a remake of ‘Pull my Daisy’, don’t know how that would work?

    But, although not really psyched like most, let us see what is produced… I am sure it will not taint or spoil our imaginations too much. Enjoy it!
    If you enjoyed the novel ‘On the Road’ then the movie might just turn out to be a quaint adventure – let us remember that ‘talented’ people are working on this.

    • Ben says:

      Sam Riley is a good actor. His portrayal of Ian Curtis in "Control" was pretty damn remarkable. So, I think that element of the movie will be cool. I have always been confused why so many people love this book. I agree with Andreas. Dharma Bums is much better.

    • wade says:

      'Tristessa' would make a wild, loopy black and white symbolist sort of flick…something like Felini or Godart…

  3. Carol Smith says:

    Johnny Depp would be the perfect choice to play jack kerouac.

  4. Nina01 says:

    I just don't understand why you would ruin this movies chances by casting Kristen Stewart. I've read the book, Kristen Stewart can't pull this off. I know all her 12 year old fans will say she can or did but her stats on making a movie that makes any money (besides Twi) are terrible. If you look at Box Office Mojo out of 16 movies listed the only ones that made a profit were the Twi movies and Panic Room which was because of Jodie not Kristen. In real life people look at statistics so why would you hurt your movies chances by backing a loosing horse?

  5. wade says:

    Heard its gonna be black and white. Why black and white? Too make it look more 50s-ish? Bad call, considering how colorfull Jacks writing is at times. Oh well, we'll see…

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