Jack Kerouac’s BIG SUR on the Road to Film Adaptation

The film adaptation of On the Road hasn’t even been released yet, but production has already begun on the movie version of Jack Kerouac’s BIG SUR. Per Deadline, Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer, Stay Cool) is directing from his own script.

Big Sur is far different in tone and spirit from On the Road. Written in 1962, it may be Kerouac’s most personal work as the autobiographical novel tracks the author’s (named Jack Duluoz in the novel though in it seems it will be Kerouac in the film) physical, mental, and emotional deterioration. He battles alcoholism and his own demons while trying to grapple with success, throwing in a damaging relationship with Billie, the mistress of his friend Neal Cassady, a Beat Generation mainstay. Big Sur provides a stunning backdrop but no real comfort for Kerouac.

French actor Jean-Marc Barr will be playing Jack Kerouac with Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) on board as Neal Cassady and Billie. Anthony Edwards, Radha Mitchell, Balthazar Getty, Patrick Fischler, Stana Katic, John Robinson and Henry Thomas have also been cast in the film.

What do you think about another Jack Kerouac adaptation? If you’ve read Big Sur, you know it’s a tough, haunting book, so how do you think it will play on screen?

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