The distribution rights to Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel ‘On the Road’ has been picked up by IFC Films and Suncance Selects, Collider is reporting. The distribution rights weren’t immediately picked up, despite the fact that the action drama is one of the highest profile independent films recently, and is the first film adaption of Kerouac’s novel.
‘On the Road,’ which has a planned theatrical release for this fall, stars Kirsten Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Elizabeth Moss. The drama is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next week.
CEO and President of AMC Networks, Josh Sapan, released a press statement about IFC Films and Sundance Selects picking up the distribution rights for ‘On the Road.’ He said Salles “has made an ambitious and accomplished film of (Jack) Kerouac’s iconic novel. It’s a classic road movie with career-making performances from (Garrett) Hedlund and (Sam) Riley, and a terrific showcase for (Kristen) Stewart and (Kirsten) Dunst.”
‘On the Road’ follows Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York writer, played by Riley, who meets Dean Moriarty, portrayed by Hedlund, a wild ex-con, after the death of his father. They immediately hit it off, and Sal joins Dean as they embark on a life-changing physical and emotional journey.
Written by: Karen Benardello