Saturday, April 21, 2012
On the Road
I was beginning to think this was another production that would fall through the cracks. Walter Salles was slated to direct On the Road after the success of Motorcycle Diaries in 2004. Coppola has held the film rights since 1979, but couldn't bring himself to make the movie until he saw Salles' film of a young Che Guevera. This was what he was looking for in On the Road. It seems Salles takes pretty much the same approach. Viggo Mortensen as Old Bull Lee is an inspired choice. Garret Hedlund looks good as Dean Moriarty. Not sure about Kristen Stewart as Marylou, but we shall see. The film is premiering at Cannes in May and will get full release this summer. Look forward to it!