Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley Starrer ‘On The Road’ Secures U.S Distributor
AMC Networks, which encompasses IFC Films and sister distributor Sundance Selects, has acquired the U.S distribution rights to On The Road - the Walter Salles directed, big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s beat generation classic.
Executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola who bought the film rights back in 1968, after the “longest gestation period in film history”, Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical, road trip opus set in ‘50’s America will be released jointly by IFC Films and Sundance Select in theaters in late fall.
Produced by Charles Gillibert, Rebecca Yeldham, Nathanael Karmitz and Roman Coppola for MK2, and adapted by the Oscar nominated Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), this is a film eagerly anticipated not only by Kerouac devotees, but also fans of the various big name actors in the impressive ensemble cast: Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Riley, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Amy Adams, Alice Braga and Elisabeth Moss.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Jonathan Sehring, Sundance Select/IFC Films President, said, “This is a major step forward for us, and we plan to work across AMC Networks in putting all our resources together to make this theatrical release into a significant cultural event.“We will show the same passion in releasing this film as the team took behind producing it.”
Variety reports that with a running time of two-hours plus On The Road could be a hard sell to mainstream audiences, but a worthwhile one due to the ”awards-caliber performances” of certain cast members and the film’s outstanding cinematography.
With the Cannes Film Festival just around the corner and On The Road set to premiere in competition at Cannes on May 23, the timing for today’s announcement couldn’t be better. One thing’s for certain, today On The Road’s potential for mass audience success just took a significant step forward.
On The Road Trailer
On The Road will play at the Sydney film Festival on June 10 and 12.