Coppola, Salles, Dunst go On the Road

It looks like a long gestating project from Francis Ford Coppola and Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) is getting off the ground.

According to Variety, Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) has joined the cast of Salles’ and Coppolas’ On The Road, an adaptation of the 1957 Jack Kerouac novel of the same name. Also on board are Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Sam Riley (Control), some of whom have been attached to the project for several years.

The project itself is almost 30 years old, Coppola having acquired the rights then, and Salles came on board to direct in 2005. However, initially, the film couldn’t find financing. This delay though, hasn’t been entirely negative, as the director had time to travel across the US in Kerouac’s footsteps and produced a documentary, In Search of On the Road, which is also in production.

Said Salles:

The film greatly benefited from the extra time we had to conceptualize it. The unedited scroll version was published recently and inspired a new version of the screenplay written by Jose Rivera that is at the same time more luminous, daring and muscular than the one we had at the start,

Salles will be working with the same team behind The Motorcycle Diaries and shooting is to begin in August.

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 16:26 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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