Walter Salles and Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel, On the Road, continues to improve upon its callsheet with the addition of Kirsten Dunst.
Kirsten Dunst for On the Road
Dunst joins Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund who have stuck to the project through its long evolution, in some cases for a couple years, said Salles. Pic has long been a passion project of Salles and Coppola, who acquired the rights three decades ago. Salles started developing the project in 2005 with Focus Features and Pathe Intl. until plans fell through when financing seemed impossible.
The window of time between now and then definitely seemed to help the production. In the long haul to getting Road to the screen, the director traveled in Kerouac's footsteps across the U.S. and gathered enough material for a documentary, In Search of On the Road, which is currently in production.
"The film greatly benefited from the extra time we had to conceptualize it," said Salles. "The unedited scroll version was published recently and inspired a new version of the screenplay written by Jose Rivera that is at the same time more luminous, daring and muscular than the one we had at the start."
With everything now going in the right direction, On the Road should enter production by August.