Kerouac to Brando: Put Up Your Dukes

Friday night’s a great movie night…

I was reading recently that filming for On the Road had wrapped up. From what I have seen, Sam Riley looks amazing as Kerouac / Sal Paradise, and if his performance as Joy Division singer, Ian Curtis in the film Control is anything to go by, I am sure he is going to bring some serious energy to the screen. Here’s one of the first stills currently doing the rounds (Riley is in the back seat; Garrett Hedlund playing Dean Moriarty and Kristen Stewart playing Mary Lou are in the front).

I haven’t come across any official release date as yet, but let’s hope it ain’t too far away… after all, it’s been a long time coming.

Francis Ford Coppola bought the rights to the film back in 1979, but Kerouac was keen to have the book realised on the screen from the get go, writing a letter to Brando in 1957, asking him to play Dean Moriarty, with Kerouac wanting to play himself (Sal Paradise).

Here’s a link to where you can read the full letter.

Imagine… Jack & Brando duking it out on screen. Now that, that would have been something!

And while we’re talking poetic films, Lee Chang-dong’s film Poetry, also looks stunning. Let’s hope this one makes our shores soon.

Have you watched anything brilliant lately? Am always keen for a good film tip!


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4 responses to “Kerouac to Brando: Put Up Your Dukes

  1. “The King’s Speech” was fantastic.

  2. I’m hearing that alot. Will see it. Whatever you do, avoid Tron like the plague, even if you’re a shoulder-padded, commodore 64 playing, betamax owning, eighties person.

  3. Ashley

    At my house, we are watching 18 inches of snow outside our window, with which no movie can compete. Since we’ve been stuck indoors all week, we’ve been making do with warm and cozy old reliables like Hitchcock, anything else with Cary Grant and lots of ‘Magnum P.I.’ reruns–nothing says 1980s like Tom Selleck and his wardrobe of micro-shorts–a different pair in every scene.

  4. That might have been pretty damn good, having those two play Sal & Dean, if only. What did you think of the letter itself, Graham? Fascinating to see Kerouac’s passion (or ego?) for the idea. He swerves between such honesty and bravado, perhaps?

    I’d recommend ‘The Return’ (2003) from Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, you might have already seen it but. Pretty heavy stuff in any event. I remember being pretty gutted by it.

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