The film version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is finally slated to open this September.
It has been a long and winding road for the adaptation of the classic fifties Beat novel. Back in 1968, when he was just cutting his teeth in the business, Francis Ford Coppola bought the film rights to the book.
Then last autumn the film was shot by the Brazilian Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries). The cast includes Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund in the lead roles as would-be writer Sal Paradise and ex-con Dean Moriarty and Viggo Mortensen as Old Bull Lee.
The Telegraph reports that the film is likely to be shown at the Cannes film festival this May.