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Garrett Hedlund will go On the Road for director Walter Salles?

04.19.2010

I love director Walter Salles. In particular, I love his 2004 film THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, an adaptation of the book by Che Guevara which gave a glimpse of a young Guevara and the Latin America he witnessed that slowly moved him to become the controversial freedom fighter we've all come to know (or at least see on t-shirts).

Salles, it seems, will be doing another adaptation of another road film with the appropriately titled ON THE ROAD, based on the 1957 book by American writer Jack Kerouac. And according to Production Weekly, TRON: LEGACY star Garrett Hedlund is in talks to star as lead "Dean Moriarty".

According to Amazon.com, Kerouac's book is described as "formless" and covers "a series of frenetic trips back and forth across the United States by a number of penniless young people who are in love with life, beauty, jazz, sex, drugs, speed, and mysticism." The book is known as being one of the first novels associated with the Beat movement of the 1950s, heavily influencing people such as Bob Dylan and Hunter S. Thompson.

ON THE ROAD is currently set to begin production this summer.
Extra Tidbit: ON THE ROAD was once on track to be made by Gus Van Sant and later Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola and his American Zoetrope production company eventually decided on having director Walter Salles tackle the project after seeing THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES.

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1:05AM on 04/20/2010
All I'm saying is that this is a project that needs as close attention as say Shindlers List or Captain America. It needs to be a film of EPIC proportions cause they are dealing with one of the best books ever written in American history. It's gonna be tough, but I really do hope it works out.
All I'm saying is that this is a project that needs as close attention as say Shindlers List or Captain America. It needs to be a film of EPIC proportions cause they are dealing with one of the best books ever written in American history. It's gonna be tough, but I really do hope it works out.
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12:59AM on 04/20/2010
I'd have sex with that guy!
I'd have sex with that guy!
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10:52PM on 04/19/2010
I really love 'On the Road' but think Salles is a poor choice to direct. Motorcycle Diaries could have been something really interesting but it ended up being a pretentious sentimental postcard from the dude on that t-shirt and not a journey of who Che was and how he became who he became. it was a mis-calculated mess and i can only assume he'll take a similar route with On the Road
I really love 'On the Road' but think Salles is a poor choice to direct. Motorcycle Diaries could have been something really interesting but it ended up being a pretentious sentimental postcard from the dude on that t-shirt and not a journey of who Che was and how he became who he became. it was a mis-calculated mess and i can only assume he'll take a similar route with On the Road
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10:04PM on 04/19/2010
Damn, and I thought I was late to the party when I finally got around to reading it last summer...

His "Paris, Je t'aime" segment (the one with the nanny juggling between babies) was one of my favorites. Still, adapting this book will be no easy task, so I hope he's ready for what's up ahead...

Any news if there's a scribe attached to the project yet?
Damn, and I thought I was late to the party when I finally got around to reading it last summer...

His "Paris, Je t'aime" segment (the one with the nanny juggling between babies) was one of my favorites. Still, adapting this book will be no easy task, so I hope he's ready for what's up ahead...

Any news if there's a scribe attached to the project yet?
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9:34PM on 04/19/2010
They're finally adapting "On the Road"? I thought they said it was impossible to bring to the big screen? Oh well. I'd see this.
They're finally adapting "On the Road"? I thought they said it was impossible to bring to the big screen? Oh well. I'd see this.
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9:33PM on 04/19/2010
Walter Salles is a fantastic director. He directed Central Station which was nominated for an academy award for best foreign film and won a golden globe also for best foreign film.
Walter Salles is a fantastic director. He directed Central Station which was nominated for an academy award for best foreign film and won a golden globe also for best foreign film.
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