At Long Last, The Trailer For 'On the Road' Is Here. Let's Judge It!
At long last--the trailer for On the Road is here. And it might, possibly, maybe not be terrible.
The journey from "book beloved by every 16-year-old ever" to "film starring Kristen Stewart" has been a long one--and not because Jack Kerouac didn't want it to happen. In fact, he wanted it to star Marlon Brando and, not surprisingly, himself. But Brando never responded, and the result was a battle between major studios for the rights to turn On the Road into a big-screen, summertime blockbuster. Somehow, Francis Ford Coppolla won out, and he's picked Brazilian-born director Walter Salles to lead the charge.
Salles has plenty of credibility when it comes to this kind of project--he directed The Motorcycle Diaries, and wrote a segment of Paris, je t'aime--and using two relative unknowns in the roles of Sal and Dean sounds more appealing than Coppola's initial plan to use Colin Farrel and Billy Crudup. And while K. Stew seems like a not-great choice, maybe the moody role of the child-bride Marylou will suit her.
But even still, there are plenty of skeptics who aren't super-enthused about Hollywood's continued poaching from the literary cannon. What's next, Madame Bovary: A Torrid Affair?
Anyway, whether it sucks or not, the trailer is finally here, after years of rumors and speculation. Let's watch it and decide. Awful? Possibly good? Entirely unnecessary? Let it fly.
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