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First Look: ON THE ROAD

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by: Joshua Brunsting
November 18th, 2010


Since starting production in August, news surrounding the upcoming adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s legendary novel, On The Road, has been rather silent.

Starring the likes of Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, and Steve Buscemi, the film is directed by Walter Salles, and now, thanks to On The Road Film (via The Playlist), we have a new look at the film. And I must say, it looks fantastic. Check out another picture after the break.

The film sees Salles reteaming with the likes of writer Jose River and cinematographer Eric Gautier, who he had previously worked with on his absolutely fantastic drama, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, along with brilliant composer Gustavo Santaolalla (whose DIARIES score is still one of the best put to film, in the eyes and ears of this writer). 

These photos look great, particularly the black and white snapshots, which hint back to previous statements by the director saying that an adaptation of On The Road could only work in black and white. Sure, there are some color photos here, but it is these black and white photos that truly have me excited to see what Salles can do here. He’s one of the best filmmakers that we have working today, and I would love to see what he can do in this black and white format.

Head here for more photos. What do you think?

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  • Lilac

    I am very excited about this movie. Salles is a great filmmaker and one of the few alive today that I think can do the story justice. The cast is also very talented.

  • Lilac

    I am very excited about this movie. Salles is a great filmmaker and one of the few alive today that I think can do the story justice. The cast is also very talented.

  • https://gordonandthewhale.com KateErbland

    I am also looking forward to this – these pictures have eased my discomfort on it quite a bit.

  • Dennis Hermanson

    Match made in heaven or on the road…
    SALES is the man to do this film. Thank god it wasn’t Stone or Mel Gibson. 
    Also, for purists, I can recommend the box CD set of the original book in full, but it cost around $50. Matt does it good.
    On The Road [Audiobook, Unabridged]
    Jack Kerouac (Author), Matt Dillon (Reader)
    DEN NC USA

  • Dennis Hermanson

    Hey, correction on that kinda,
    I did mean Salles of Motorcycle fame, not John Sales, although that woulda worked, too. He has a similar feel for historic and reality shooting. Salles needs another major boxoffice film, since Dark Water wasn’t a big box office movie.
    I agree that Santaolalla has a gift for actually making movies more deep and moving, not more obviously and in your face. Babel and that Thieron movie, North Country, as well as biggie Brokeback Mountain and the poignant restraint of Into the Wild. A gifted composer for film, not a film hack like … (fill in your blank, but I’d start with Hans…)

  • Dennis Hermanson

    Hey, correction on that kinda,
    I did mean Salles of Motorcycle fame, not John Sales, although that woulda worked, too. He has a similar feel for historic and reality shooting. Salles needs another major boxoffice film, since Dark Water wasn’t a big box office movie.
    I agree that Santaolalla has a gift for actually making movies more deep and moving, not more obviously and in your face. Babel and that Thieron movie, North Country, as well as biggie Brokeback Mountain and the poignant restraint of Into the Wild. A gifted composer for film, not a film hack like … (fill in your blank, but I’d start with Hans…)

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