New Poster and Images for Walter Salles’ Adaptation of ON THE ROAD

     February 29, 2012


It’s been 55 years since Jack Kerouac‘s beat novel On the Road was published, and in that time there’s never been a movie.  Francis Ford Coppola optioned the rights back in the 1970s, but production didn’t start moving ahead until April 2010 when Walter Salles (The Motorocycle Diaries) was attached to direct and Garrett Hedlund was cast in the lead role of Dean Moriarty.  The movie then lined-up an impress cast featuring Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga and Elisabeth Moss.  The movie is now finally set for release in France this May, and new images and the first poster have gone online.  The release in May strongly hints towards a premiere at Cannes (which runs from May 16 – 27th) where the movie will likely pick up U.S. distribution.

Hit the jump to check out the poster and images.  I’ve never read the book (it’s on my spring reading list), but I’m curious to know what fans think of what they’ve seen of the film so far.

Poster and images via the film’s official Facebook page.

Here’s the official synopsis for Walter Salles’ adaptation of On the Road:

After the death of his father, Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty, a wild and infectiously charismatic ex-con. They hit it off immediately. Determined to avoid the pitfalls of a narrow, prescribed life, Sal hits the road, joining Dean on what evolves into a life-changing physical and emotional odyssey. Thirsting for freedom, they discover the world, the ecstasy of experience, the connectedness of humanity and ultimately themselves.

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  • CSI

    Spetacular casting. Fresh young faces and awarded veteran actors supporting them. We need more movies like this one. So fed up of lame and childish superhero movies and dumb chick flicks.

  • nina

    this will be a tricky book to adapt – there’s a reason no one has attempted to do it yet. The kids they cast seem capable enough and Salles is perfect for the project, but the success of this movie will depend on how sound the script is. If the script was able to maintain the spontaneity of the original source material WHILE at the same time reining it in so that it is a coherent narrative, then it will work. Otherwise, all the young talent and strong direction in the world can’t help the project.

  • dudeabides

    @nina so true. OTR is one of my favourite novels and is one of the trickiest to adapt to the screen. having said that salles with motorcycle diaries is the right pick to get it right. cant wait!

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  • Didi

    As far as the script is concerned it’s on the capable and talented hands of Jose Rivera, the awarded writer of Motorcycle Diaries. Actually I think it’s one of the highlights of this movie. Love the casting of Riley, from Control and Hedlund, Country Strong. But I’m yet to see a good acting by Kristen Stewart. I’m going to see the movie before pre judging her. That would be really shallow on my part.

  • Tim

    I can only hope the movie isn’t as dull as the book. I love road/adventure books, but after reading this I cannot understand the hype around it. People are sheep.

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  • Blue Note

    One of the greatest novels I’ve read. Hard to imagine how it can be transformed into a movie. Still looking forward to seeing it.