It’s taken more than 50 years for Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation classic On the Road to find its way to the big screen. In fact, it’s been so difficult, and has met with so many false starts that the New York Times described is as the “Kerouac curse.”
The curse ends now, though, with a $25 million production filmed in Montreal and San Fransisco, among other places and set to air this fall. From the Times:
The creative team from another counterculture road movie is leading the project: the director Walter Salles and the screenwriter Jose Rivera from the award-winning Che Guevara biopic “The Motorcycle Diaries.”
The cast is peppered with actors with box-office appeal, including Kristen Stewart of “Twilight” fame, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen. The two male leads, characters based on Kerouac and his fellow flâneur Neal Cassady, are played by lesser-known actors, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund.
The NYT piece is here.