A young man sets out to travel the roads and railways of America. IMDB
My first prediction of 2011: On the Road will receive HUGE critical acclaim and WILL become a must-see... mark my words (or don't in case I'm wrong).
On the Road is based on the book written by Jack Kerouac, a very successful author and poet from years ago. Jack wanted to see this particular novel of his make the silver screen. Back in the day, Kerouac was shopping the rights around to different studios. He envisioned Marlon Brando in one of the lead roles, and even wrote him a personal letter asking him to be a part of the project. Brando never acknowledged the letter from 'ol Jack (pish) and the rights were never sold...
Until Mr. Francis Ford Coppola bought the rights in 1979. Several attempts were made to translate the novel into a screenplay, but Coppola never felt it was quite right. Coppola and his son Roman eventually wrote a screenplay adaptation, but struggled, citing issues with making a period film as the biggest road block.
It was also interesting to read about who Coppola initially wanted to play the leads. Some of the twosomes noted were Brad Pitt with Ethan Hawke and Billy Crudup with Colin Farrell. The eventual outcome are two (rather) unknowns. Garrett Hedlund (of TRON: Legacy(2010) fame) stars as Dean Moriarty and Sam Riley as Sal Paradise. Me likey. Pitt can munch a log in his 5000 bedroom house with Ms. Jolie and their 16 children. I've seen enough of his ass.
The cast sounds pretty sweet too, with the exception of this biatch ------ Kristen Stewart... but here are the rest of the names --- Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi and Sam Riley (who seems to be an up-and-coming youngin' to look out for!)
I'll be sure to update when promo stuff is released!