To be honest when Walter Salles first started talking about adapting On The Road for the screen, I thought it would go the way of every other adaptation ever attempted – foiled by the challenges of turning a book that’s largely about language and feel into a movie which is both worth watching and faithful to the novel.
However it looks like it’s going to happen, as last month Garret Hedlund was announced as Dean Moriarty, the complex and duplicitous travelling companion of narrator Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), and now USA Today is saying that at a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Kristen Stewart revealed that she to will be in the movie. She said, “I am very much attached to a movie that has been trying to get made forever. Not that this is going to help it, but maybe I can just brag a little bit. I am super excited about it, too. I am about to play Marylou (Dean Morarty’s wife) in On the Road. So that’s a big deal.”
Filming on the $25 million flick is due to start this summer. Fracis Ford Copolla will be happy anyway, as he bought the rights three decades ago and has been trying to get it made ever since, convinced On The Road should be a movie, even though many doubted him.