On the Road film (2012)
If you’re a book lover you’ve probably read one of the great Beats generation novels, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and now the brilliant piece of spontaneous prose is being made into a film for the first time since it was written back in 1951.
Starring Sam Riley as Sal Paradise (the Roman a clef of Kerouac himself), Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy) as Dean Moriarty (Neal Cassidy) and Kristen Stewart (Adventureland) as Dean’s first wife Mary Lou, the On the Road film has a release date on the 12th October 2012.
The film follows Sal and Dean as they journey around America with their friends seeking out one wild adventure after another. Taking in the entire span of the country, including drug fuelled trips to Mexican bordellos, the story is fundamentally about the journeys that the beat generation was all about and a fascination with the people and experiences on the road.
It’s always difficult for a book so well know to make the transition to the big screen, so it’ll be interesting to see how it shapes up. However, in Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Steward they’ve given the film the actors that could bring the intricacies of the story to life well.
The Beats movement is widely considered to be best summed up by the subject matter of Jack Kerouak’s On the Road. With a central feeling of the freedom of expression throughout the book combined with the hedonistic excess it shows both the reason for the Beat movement’s success in the social confinements of 50s America and the dimming of its light on the back of bohemian over-exuberance. It is a theme that Hunter S.Thomson would later pick up on in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.